I always remind my customers that the piano is constructed to last a long time, and chances are it can and will last for several decades. This is especially true if the instrument is taken well care of and for this to be possible, a number of things have to happen, especially where the piano is placed.
If you plan to purchase an acoustic piano – new or used – it is imperative that you know the right room temperatures or conditions in which you will keep the piano. The following guidelines can help you create the right piano room:
Sustaining the right temperature for your piano
An ideal room temperature for a piano is a constant 21 to 22 Celsius. If the temperature gets too high or too low, it can upset the piano tuning, weaken the internal glue, and contribute to some permanent wood damages. It is vital that you can control the temperature of the room to avert climate fluctuations:
-Keep the piano away from drafty windows, doors, exterior walls, climate-control vents, and fireplaces.
-If the room has temperature extremes, ensure that it is well protected and insulated. This is important, particularly if the climate-control will be turned off on a nightly basis.
-I highly recommend that you place an area rug under the piano, as this is useful on cold, hard floors. Putting the rug underneath can help even out your overly bright instrument.
Ideal humidity levels for the piano
Usually, a piano copes well in the humidity level of about 35 – 45%, but it is still acceptable at 55%, as long as it is constant. Shifting humidity can cause the piano wood to swell and release, and eventually, this can lead to tuning issues, silent keys, changes in the timbre, and a number of other costly problems.
Restrict exposure to the piano elements
Doors and windows can permit a range of threats to insouciantly wander in and destroy the musical instrument, such as condensation, smoke, pollen, and dust. Direct sunlight can also threaten the exterior as well as the interior of your precious piano.
The ultimate room for your piano
My choice for a piano room is one that can enhance the piano’s voice. Bright pianos that sound treble, mildly piercing, and clear can be evened out by absorbent surroundings, for example wall hangings and proper carpeting. For piano voices that are subtle and mellow, wooden floors and various other hard surfaces can balance it out. Whether it is your living room or a room that you choose specifically to place the piano, ensure that the temperature is right!
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