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What to do when you get a new piano?
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I am getting really close to getting my first ever grand piano of dream. Thanks to this forum, I know exactly where it'd be located in my living room (Option 2, at the linked drawings in my post: http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthre...grand-piano-be-happiest.html#Post2958741). I also got myself a hygrometer.

What are your tips to prepare for a new piano? What do you wish you'd known about receiving a piano and taming (?) a new piano?


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Tips?

1) Stand anxiously by the door waiting for it to arrive.
2) Don't watch it being carried over any tricky obstacles.
3) Pace around anxiously with sweaty paws while it is being installed.
4) Jump on it and start playing the instant the delivery folks are 2m away from it.

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I did all of gwing’s suggestions except I watched it being carried over a tricky turn, and I just about blew my mind. Don’t do it

I would buy a hygrometer and start measuring your relative humidity so that you can decide if you want to do anything to stabilize it. Just keep a log for a little while and see what the fluctuations are.


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My tips -

Have your tech inspect, re-evaluate and tune the piano after the delivery.
Open the lid to let it fully adjust to the environment in your home.
Play it daily for 4-6 weeks and observe how it settles in. And how you settle in with it!
Have it tuned again & do any service you think it may need.

Also, having a hygrometer is a good idea but it only tells you what the RH is. It doesn't manage the RH. For a decent grand that I'd want to keep in good order, get a Dampp Chaser installed.

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Learn how to tune your own piano (thanks Covid).

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I can’t remember what piano you are buying. Brand new or new to you. Gwing and dogperson have great suggestions. The one thing I’d add is once the piano is in place before the delivery team leaves, check to make sure all the keys play and the pedals work properly. Inspect the piano for any delivery damage. It’s rare, but sometimes a little something happens that the delivery team needs to re-adjust before they leave. Then wait around a month playing and practicing to get your first in home tuning after the piano settles. Congratulations on your new piano!


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Originally Posted by Pianosearcher
My tips -

Have your tech inspect, re-evaluate and tune the piano after the delivery.
Open the lid to let it fully adjust to the environment in your home.
Play it daily for 4-6 weeks and observe how it settles in. And how you settle in with it!
Have it tuned again & do any service you think it may need.

Also, having a hygrometer is a good idea but it only tells you what the RH is. It doesn't manage the RH. For a decent grand that I'd want to keep in good order, get a Dampp Chaser installed.


I would suggest knowing the RH and then discussing the Damp-Chaser with your tech. My tech here does not generally recommend them.


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Originally Posted by Pianosearcher
1. Have your tech inspect, re-evaluate and tune the piano after the delivery.
2. Open the lid to let it fully adjust to the environment in your home.
3. Play it daily for 4-6 weeks and observe how it settles in. And how you settle in with it!
4. Have it tuned again & do any service you think it may need.
5. Also, having a hygrometer is a good idea but it only tells you what the RH is. It doesn't manage the RH. For a decent grand that I'd want to keep in good order, get a Dampp Chaser installed.

My take on these:
1. Not necessary upon delivery. But it is important that you check for scratches and marks not noted on the delivery form, and that you make sure the pedals are working correctly before the delivery crew leaves. Although tuning immediately after delivery won't hurt anything, it's sort of a waste of money IMO, because the piano will change, usually quickly.
2. Not necessary. It will adjust to your environment regardless of whether it's open or closed. Leaving it fully open will just introduce dust where you don't want it...although it looks nice.
3. Great idea-- play it a lot. Take notes on anything that pops up which you find unusual or problematic and pass these notes along to the technician when you make the appointment for the first tuning.
4. I typically suggest to my clients to have the piano serviced about 2 weeks after delivery, and then shortly after the heat and A/C get turned on for the colder and warmer seasons. So, 3 tunings in the first year, and 2 thereafter seems to work well for a moderate use piano. Some people prefer more (like me, I'll tune my primary piano 3+ times a year), and some low use pianos can do fine on an annual tuning.
5. Monitoring the RH is a good idea to see how much it changes, and whether it gets too extreme on either end. Dampp Chasers are not the only solution if there is a significant problem, but they're one available tool.


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If you plan to place the piano on a rug then you might consider using caster cups.

If the piano is a used one it is better to have your tech at home during delivery.

Have a suitable piano cover ready.

Take necessary precautions against pets if you have any.

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You forgot the very important step where you post photos!

Congrats and enjoy.


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Living in Ottawa, you will absolutely need a humidifier. Expect humidity to go down to the high teens (%) in the winter without a humidifier. And in the summer, like now, with AC on, my humidifier is still running full-time to keep the humidity above 40%. I’m in the GTA by the way.

I agree about getting a rug and rug pad. I also agree not to watch the movers move the piano over obstacles, should there be any.

Congratulations on your new piano!

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Make someone else watch the movers. At one point during my piano move, I stood with my face to a wall and my hands over my ears! (Long story, but getting the piano out of the seller's house almsot caused me to have a heart attack).

Pay attention to the windows in your piano room for the first year. My piano room has two windows. No direct sun in the winter, but in the summer, I need to keep the blinds and curtains closed until about 9am on one window, and after about 4:30pm on the other.

Yes, monitor your temp and humidity. Are you getting the Yamaha C3X??? If so, that should be a very stable piano, but the more stable environment you can give, the better.

Also, yes, take lots of photos to share with us!! smile


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OMG, this thread is so helpful and hilarious - Thank you everyone. I think it will be a new piano (still on the fence) and don't think I have any tricky turns (just a single step to a wide porch on the ground floor), so hopefully I won't have a heart attack or bite all my nails off during the move.

I will play all keys/pedals, check for scratches, keep monitoring humidity now and after, and schedule first tuning for a few weeks post-arrival. "Having to" practice daily would be great!! I am thinking of trying it without a carpet/rug below the piano and add it later if it's too loud or the room otherwise needs tempering, as I like the clean look and hardwood feeling on my feet (and not having to carpet clean under the piano). I do have a large carpet and other furniture in the rest of the living room, so hopefully they will be sufficient to control the sound. And yes, I can hardly wait to post pictures! smile


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I was so excited about the arrival of my new grand piano that I opened the front door of my house a couple of hours early to check the street was clear for the delivery lorry.

To find an armed police officer on my doorstep who urgently and silently ushered me straight back inside.

Turned out there was a police raid going on in a nearby house (never did find out what the neighbours had been up to!) and there were a couple of dozen officers lined up outside pointing their guns at the house. Fortunately the mêlée was all over by the time the piano arrived. And for avoidance of doubt, we do have armed police officers in the UK - we just don't often see them being called out!


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