Buying a Piano

Choosing the right piano can be a difficult process. There are so many types, sizes and price ranges - where does one begin? There is no one solution to everyone's specific need; I will, however, attempt to address a few common situations. The Beginning Student ​The beginning piano student generally ranges in age from five [...]

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The Advantages of Owning a Piano

There are many advantages to owning an acoustic piano rather than purchasing an electronic keyboard. (For the sake of this article, William is used as a pseudonym for your son or child.)   In our conversation, I pointed out that a new keyboard loses half its value between the showroom and your living room. By [...]

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Piano Moisture: Lesson 1

Shield your piano from moisture. During my past two years of piano servicing in St. Augustine, I have become increasingly aware of the naivety of our community with regard to proper care for one's valuable asset. A well-built piano, regularly serviced and properly cared for, can last in excess of 100 years and actually increases [...]

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Piano Moisture: Lesson 2

Shield your piano from moisture. Last month we learned moisture is the single most destructive element affecting a piano. How or what can we do to prevent moisture related damage?   Placement: When choosing a location for your piano one should consider the following. If you own a vertical piano (vs a grand) look for [...]

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Roaches, Rodents and Rug Rats

Frederic "Ric" Sterry Smith tuning a piano Besides moisture, with which we have dealt with in earlier columns, there are many foes of the helpless pianoforte.   Roaches and moths are everywhere; these two predators take a toll on pianos second only to moisture-related damage. Most piano owners are ill aware of these nocturnal pests' [...]

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Does My Piano Need Tuning?

Frederic "Ric" Sterry Smith tuning a piano Regular servicing of one's instrument, including biannual tunings, is a must in order to maintain your investment. Finding a proper technician who is capable of both tuning and repairs, is as important to your piano as finding the right dentist is for your teeth.   The following is [...]

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Piano Tuning: Facts and Myths

Frederic "Ric" Sterry Smith tuning a piano The following are questions I have heard many times. While some concerns are valid many people are misinformed. It is my hope to put to ease your questions and fears concerning the need for tuning your piano and what you can do to keep your piano in-tune longer. [...]

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Tuning versus Servicing Pianos

Piano Tuning in your Home by Sterry Piano Tuning and Servicing can often be mistaken. While tuning is a service offered it is specific to maintaining even, uniform tension on all your strings. Servicing is the act of effecting repairs to the remainder of the piano, its case parts, soundboard, bridges, action and keys, etc., [...]

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Common Questions and Concerns about Buying a Piano

Buying a Piano is an important decision. Several thoughts to remember: A piano is aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture that adds to the decor of your home without unsightly cords. Pianos are assets that most families will pass down to their children. They offer a full spectrum of volume from ppp to fff and a [...]

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