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A customer has been putting a jar of water in the piano...
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...and then putting the lid on it.


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LOL!!!

I have a friend with an old upright they moved up into their cabin, which is in a high-altitude, dry climate. The piano, predictably, dried out, so I suggested they put a glass or two of water in it. After a couple of weeks, the water began evaporating at a steady pace, and the piano rebounded somewhat.

We refer to it as the piano "drinking."



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I had similar witnessing from a colleague in mountains.

2or 3 jar of water, he said the result is audible and the water evaporate, need to be replaced every 3 weeks or so.

Old pianos, generally. I understand the piano "drinks" even if it does not seem to make sense, it is in an enclosed environment.



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Yes, but to put a lid on it? Isn't that expecting a bit too much from condensation?


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I understood it was a grand. in that case even if that sound horrible keeping the lid closed is the most efficient way to give some moisture to the instrument.



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Got it. I think. Piano lid, not jar lid.


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I have a grand, and during the winter months I keep a big ass bowl of water under the soundboard.It helps. (I can tune the thing anytime I want but I have better things to do)


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No actually, it was an upright, and she put the jar lid on!


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Okay. I did understand you correctly. LOL.


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And I thought that the first posting was just a sly joke!

I was thinking 'grand' also.


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Similarly, I had tuned a piano with mothballs inside and they were still wrapped in the sealed cellophane.


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Originally Posted by Emmery
Similarly, I had tuned a piano with mothballs inside and they were still wrapped in the sealed cellophane.


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Haha! Good one Olek! thumb


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Yes, but to put a lid on it? Isn't that expecting a bit too much from condensation?


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I quite often encounter long-forgoten empty jars in the base on the piano. The last thing pianos need here in the west of Scotland is more damp, so I put a page about it on my website http://www.davidboyce.co.uk/the-jam-jar.php

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Maybe the empty jars are there to collect the excess moisture!


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Tip jar?


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Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
Tip jar?


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Tip jar?


Yep. Some of the places I've played, you might do just as well leaving the tip jar inside the piano. wink


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Quite often the customer has forgotten the jar was there when the rug installers needed to move the piano. Then it does indeed "tip" with disastrous results!


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