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I bought dust cover for Yamaha G2 in last year but after several days I felt the action was going to be sluggish than before. I am not sure if it's bcuz the cover prevent moisture go out from the piano. So I didn't cover for several days then I felt action became much lighter.

Can dust cover affect badly regarding humidity control?

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I think you've just answered your own question, Tony.

There are some dust covers, depending on the material it is made of, that would keep most of the dust away, yet allow the piano to breath.

I don't use a dust cover, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't.

Some things are just trial and error, before you come to a conclusion.

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I regularly keep the shipping/storage cover on our piano to help keep the dusting to a minimum. Now and then I'll take the cover off for an extended period and I've yet to experience any kind of humidity issue or negative impact on touch or tone. I should note that there is a Dampp-Chaser system installed on the piano and humidifier built into our HVAC system.


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If one keeps the piano covered than the beauty of the piano as a piece of furniture is gone. So one doesn't have to dust the piano much, but what good is that if one can't see the piano most of the time? I don't have to dust my piano more often than once every six weeks or so to keep it looking nice and it takes 5-10 minutes. If one is not interested in the furniture aspect of a piano, then I think it's fine to keep it covered to reduce dusting. It's also possible that high polish finishes show the dust more so those owning a piano with that finish may have to dust more frequently. My piano is a satin finish.

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I like pianoloverus' reply.

Another option is to buy a string cover. They are usually made of fabric so they allow the piano to "breathe" but they cover up the strings, dampers, and soundboard and keep the dust off those parts. I bought one mostly so I could keep the lid up and not have to clean the inside of the piano as much. I was especially trying to keep the dampers clean as I didn't want to have to try to clean them.


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I think you would have to do more than one test of the dust cover on and off before you can say one way or the other if it's affecting your action.

I cover mine with a sheet to reduce dust. The piano is not in a main living area, so the 'furniture' aspect isn't an issue. Without a dust cover, I'd be dusting every other day. As for having an impact on humidity levels within the piano, the effect is probably minor, as the sheet doesn't go all the way to the floor.


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Is this thinking that there is a problem where one doesn't exist?

Unless one lives in a particularly dusty environment, what is the point of keeping a piano covered when not in use? Does one cover other pieces of furniture at the same time? That reminds me of those households (urban legend or just on period TV programs?) where all upholstered furniture in the living and dining rooms was covered with form-fitting plastic covers! Eek!

Like pianoloverus, I enjoy the visual aspect of the piano when I am not playing it, and it dust it (weekly?) or whenever I do my regular household cleaning.

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The exterior, cosmetic dust is easy to deal with, but what about inside the piano? Do you dust there as well? Strings? Soundboard? Or does dust build-up there not concern you?


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Originally Posted by Stubbie
The exterior, cosmetic dust is easy to deal with, but what about inside the piano? Do you dust there as well? Strings? Soundboard? Or does dust build-up there not concern you?
My tech removes any dust on the soundboard once/year. It takes him maybe 15 minutes max, and any dust is almost unnoticeable even before he removes it. I've never heard of anyone dusting the strings or that it was necessary.

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I like pianoloverus' reply.

Another option is to buy a string cover. They are usually made of fabric so they allow the piano to "breathe" but they cover up the strings, dampers, and soundboard and keep the dust off those parts. I bought one mostly so I could keep the lid up and not have to clean the inside of the piano as much. I was especially trying to keep the dampers clean as I didn't want to have to try to clean them.

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I've always used a felt string cover. They don't simply keep dust off the sound board; they also help regulate humidity and, if you live in a humid area, keep the strings from rusting/corroding. BTW, Dawson makes great wool felt string covers with "battens" that sit on the plate and hold the felt above the strings so you can play the piano with the string cover on if you want. I take mine off at the start of practice and put it back on at the end. They are very easy to roll up to remove and unroll to put back in place.


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I can clean strings and soundboard by myself


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