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Zen and the Art of Practical Piano Care and Maintenance

Grand Piano

Piano Information Houston has some great advice about selecting a proper piano for your needs, how to clean and care for your piano, how often one should have a professional piano tuner tune your piano, and how to properly place your piano in your home.

It’s important to get the basics down about pianos, and to contact a reputable piano dealer to help you select your ideal piano. A national dealer like Sherman Clay is always a great resource for all things piano-related.

My Yamaha C2 “Conservatory Grand”

With my Yamaha C2 “Conservatory Grand” Piano (pictured below), I try to get it tuned at least once a year. Weather conditions can expand and contract the strings, causing them to get out of tune.

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Basic Care and Tuning

My grand piano is in a South facing part of the house, so the challenge is to not let direct sunlight fall on the piano. But, seasons like Fall to Winter, or Spring to Summer can affect the strings of the piano. It’s best to avoid extreme weather conditions that might damage the piano over time.

I have a glossy ebony finish, so it’s pretty easy to clean with a damp cloth. Someone at the piano store told me it was okay to use a light cleaner like “Windex” to clean the surface. I do that sometimes, and it doesn’t seem to harm the piano’s finish, but I still try to just use a damp cloth.

When not in use, I try to cover the grand piano, and keep the lid closed to keep out the dust. Also, when not playing piano I try to make sure the lid to the keys is closed as well.

Other Tips and Tricks

Yamaha Grand @ Home

I take a hand vacuum and set it to “blow” and gently blow any dust out of the interior of the piano.

I try to keep the keys cleaned as well by wiping with a damp cloth, sometimes using a little “Windex” to get the dirt out. I haven’t tried this yet, but it might be a good idea to use one of those air canisters (used for computers) to blow the dust away from between the keys.

Maintenance and care is always important when it comes to grand pianos. It is good practice so that your piano will have many years of continued use and enjoyment, and help keep your piano sounding its best.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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