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Accessories needed for grand pianos.
#2307927 07/27/14 08:31 PM
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For anyone who might vaguely remember, I posted about getting a new M&H AA in 2012. I didn't get it. Instead, after a spine injury and surgery and divesting myself of my husband of 17.5 years, I'm NOW getting that brand new AA IM SO PSYCHED I CAN BARELY STAND IT.

Then today I realized that I don't have any Idea what I might need to take care of it. I'll have an artist bench and an LED piano lamp, but nothing for cleaning, maintaining or just keeping it looking in primo shape (no offense to you secundo players out there).

Could you share with me what you think I might need? A cover? A feather duster? Special products for keeping the satin cabinetry all satiny?

I look forward to your ideas -- thanks in advance!

Steve

P.S. Already have top-notch technicians picked out as my pit crew, so there's no gap to fill there.

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You need to get over it. A piano is not a piano until there are lots of fingernail marks on the nameboard!


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Stevio55 #2307963 07/27/14 11:40 PM
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Dusting is the key to piano care and this can be a daily chore sometimes. There are some great products from companies like Cory which shouldn't be needed needed if you keep the piano dusted and keep sticky fingers off the keys.

- I strongly recommend string covers -

Also: Don't use any dust sprays or dusters with chemicals in them. Just use a dry cloth or a dry duster.




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I have a piano cover (home-made). When I'm disciplined and pull it up at night, the piano gets very little dust - if I go for a while forgetting (or procrastinating with it in case I come back later), that's when it gets dusty. A technician suggested fingerprints were best removed using a soft cloth, barely moistened. I use a microfibre cloth, wet my hands, then dry them with the cloth - that leaves it "almost" dry, but moist enough to remove prints etc.

Above all - enjoy your piano.


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>Then today I realized that I don't have any Idea what I might need to take care of it.

You may need a humidifier / AC to keep it in good shape.


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Congratulations! The AA is a fantastic piano! You will love it. I would go with the Corey polish. It is doing a great job on my BB and lasts a long time. I would also talk to my tech about a damp-chaser system. Depending on where you live and where you are putting your piano, you may or may not benefit from it, but I think mine helps maintain the tuning and protect the piano.

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I would not go for whole-room humidification instead of a damp chaser or similer. The human in the room also works better with air at reasonable temperature and humidity (no dry & itching skin; no cracked nails).


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Originally Posted by Chopinlover49
Congratulations! The AA is a fantastic piano! You will love it. I would go with the Corey polish. It is doing a great job on my BB and lasts a long time. I would also talk to my tech about a damp-chaser system. Depending on where you live and where you are putting your piano, you may or may not benefit from it, but I think mine helps maintain the tuning and protect the piano.


+1 for Cory products.. They sell the satin polish and also sell key top cleaner. And if you really want to get super clean, spurlock makes a soundboard cleaning tool..

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Hey Stevio55 Congrats!

That's a great piano you have there. Marty always seems to find my response to this type of question and proceeds to poke fun at me, so I'll respond!

Others mentioned the Cory products. I have the Cory polish and key cleaner kit which also comes with 2 labeled micro fiber clothes and they're color coded (just don't spray anywhere near the pin block). I also bought a soundboard duster. It's a long fiberglass pole with a flat lambswool duster at the end, you just swipe it under the strings.

I live near the ocean and have to deal with salt air, meaning I have to keep everything (and I mean everything) covered to reduce oxidation. That being said, I have a damp chase unit, string cover, pedal covers and a quilted cover. Ok, so maybe it looks more like a hotel bed than a piano but my tech says it looks brand new and I concur. Well, it is brand new but you get the idea.

Plenty of discussion/threads on the subject of leaving the piano open to always admire or covered to protect. I wish I could keep mine uncovered btw. PM me if you like, I can supply links where I bought my stuff but a quick google search (and the store on this site) will yield lots of piano care products. Congrats again

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One thing to get right away is a small mat or piece of carpet to put on the floor in front of the pedals. Actively pedaling with your heel in the same place puts a lot of wear on that one little spot, so it helps to protect the floor.




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Congratulations on the new AA!! I have a friend who just bought one. I've only played it once. But, I was impressed.

The only thing I have taken to my BB is a dry Pledge wipe. They are disposible microfiber cloths. It really picks up the dust. Leaves nothing behind. My piano looks like it did the day I bought it over 10 years ago. I think protecting it from direct light is the biggest thing you can do for the finish. I don't cover it. I just dry dust it.

Just enjoy it and play it as much as you can!!

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Stevio 55,

First of all congrats on your new and well deserved piano!

Most important to your investment is it's environment. Maintain a steady relative humidity (45%-55%) and a steady temp. Depending on where you live, central A/C may do the trick but you may have to add an area humidifier and/or dehumidifier for extra dry winter days and extra humid summer days. Like people, dogs, plants, and your other furniture your piano will thrive under consistently moderate conditions.

Getting a new piano (new or pre owned) is one of life's great experiences and pleasures... enjoy to the max. Post some pics when you can.

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The single most important accessory to have with a beautiful instrument is time, nothing more, really.


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The single most important accessory to have with a beautiful instrument is time, nothing more, really.


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