Why is a piano getting out of tune?
A piano is largely made of wood. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity also change the mood. Of course, the intensity of use also plays a decisive role.
How often should you vote for a piano?
Basically you should vote for a piano 1-2 times a year. The intervals are of course dependent on the degree of use and environmental conditions.
My piano is tuned to half a tone too low. Is there any other disadvantage?
On the one hand, you can not interact with such a mood with many other instruments because they can not adapt their mood to your piano. On the other hand, this leads to an irritation of the ear because the sound of a key does not correspond to the actual pitch. Especially with children who only start playing the piano should the instrument have a normal high mood. (Usually a 'between 440 - 445 Hz). As a result, the ear can develop properly.
My piano is getting very upset! Can you do something about it?
There can be several causes here. Bad climatic conditions (too low humidity, excessive temperature fluctuations) or the instrument is already so bad that it no longer holds the mood.
My piano is always cracking strings! What can you do about it?
The strings of a piano are under very high tension. This is often close to the breaking point of the string material. Over the years, the structure of the wire changes. That he becomes brittle and susceptible to breakage! (Mostly the string breaks exactly at the point where the wrapping on the ball starts). In such a case, the string - under certain circumstances, the entire string reference must be renewed. Wrapped strings must always be exchanged in pairs. Under certain circumstances, the string tension is generally too high! Here we recalculate the string tension and recreate it.
My piano sounds too sharp / too dull! Can you change that?
This is mostly due to the hammerheads! Over time, these play off or lose their elasticity. This leads to dull nasal sound! Here usually heals only the renewal of the complete sentence. Or the hammerhead felt is too hard - this gives a sharp, metallic tone. Here an intonation can really work wonders.
The buttons are too heavy / too light! Can you change the key severity?
The keys of a piano are usually provided with so-called. These determine the key resistance of the piano. By changing the Ausbleiung you can also change the key resistance! However, this change also affects the sound of the instrument. You should seek advice from a specialist in such a case.
With my piano some keys do not go at all (or stay stuck) Is a repair worthwhile at all?
If two or three keys do not work or get stuck at all, this is usually a minor problem! If the piano is otherwise alright a repair is worthwhile in most cases!
The pedal of my piano produces strong background noise! What can you do?
The pedal movements are transmitted via a linkage to the piano mechanics. That's a pretty long way with hinges and angles. If the guides and hinges are not worn out too much, it is sufficient to use a lubricant to treat the corresponding spots. If the wear and tear is too great, the corresponding parts must be renewed.
A newly wound string gets out of tune again and again! Can you do anything against it?
That a newly wound up string at the beginning strongly detuned is quite natural! On the other hand, you can not do anything except retune it several times!
Is it worthwhile getting an old piano overhauled?
It depends on the condition, the piano (make, type) and the extent of the overhaul! If the investment exceeds the value of the piano after the overhaul I would rather advise against it! (Except there is a family piece that should be preserved!) Top brands such as Steinway, Bechstein, Blüthner and others have a relatively high value, even if they are older! Here an investment is always worthwhile.
My piano is over 100 years old! Does that have a high value?
Unlike other instruments (such as string instruments u.v.a.m.) a piano loses more value! The cause is the high material load! Over the years, a piano is getting worse and worse (a good violin getting better and better!) An exception are of course historical instruments such as Hammerklavier u.
My piano has a metal frame! Is this definitely tuneable?
This is an often occurring misconception! The vocal cords are in the vise and it's made of wood! Likewise, the other parts that sustain the string tension are made of wood. The frame only supports the overall