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Re: Maintaining room temps for new acoustic piano? [Re: prout] #2772323
10/14/18 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by prout
Originally Posted by backto_study_piano
Originally Posted by NoGameNoLife
Thanks you very much. Do you have any opinions on the humidifiers that attach to the piano itself? I seen some people mention them.

What sort of piano are you envisaging purchasing? Some pianos are less susceptible to the affects of humidity - eg my 1979 YAMAHA UX, and other U3s and U1s, and similar models from KAWAI I've dealt with.

But as @Rank Piano Amateur mentioned, and I had earlier - for the vast number of piano owners, humidity isn't a concern. I recall the universities where my children studied, the practise rooms were air-conditioned only part of the time.
Yes, but you didn’t mention that the universities employ full-time piano technicians to tune and repair the damage done by an inadequately maintained environment as well as normal wear and tear. A very close friend of mine is a university trained tuner/technician/rebuilder and is now employed by the same university maintaining the very large number of pianos in the music department. She and her co-workers each tune up to 6 pianos a day, and spend the rest of the time in the shop repairing and rebuilding.

I find it laughable that people have no problem maintaining their car - oil changes, tire changes, maintaing fluid levels and preventing rust, but seem to think the piano, which, for me to replace will cost 5 times what I have ever paid for a new Toyota, can be ignored for years on end.

Compare the cost of Dampp Chaser to the cost of 4 new tires for your car. You will, however, get 20+ years out of the DC.

True - though universities here don't treat theirs like that apart from those few being used for performances and exams. The uprights get just routine tuning.

My question of NoGameNoLife - was what sort of piano are we're talking about. If it's a $500 CraigsList piano it needs different consideration from a $129,000 Seiler. One of which, a DamppChase and 3 monthly services would be appropriate - the other, less so.


Alan from Queensland, Australia (and Clara - my Grotrian Concert & Allen Organ (CF-17a)).
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Re: Maintaining room temps for new acoustic piano? [Re: backto_study_piano] #2772328
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Originally Posted by backto_study_piano
Originally Posted by prout
Originally Posted by backto_study_piano
Originally Posted by NoGameNoLife
Thanks you very much. Do you have any opinions on the humidifiers that attach to the piano itself? I seen some people mention them.

What sort of piano are you envisaging purchasing? Some pianos are less susceptible to the affects of humidity - eg my 1979 YAMAHA UX, and other U3s and U1s, and similar models from KAWAI I've dealt with.

But as @Rank Piano Amateur mentioned, and I had earlier - for the vast number of piano owners, humidity isn't a concern. I recall the universities where my children studied, the practise rooms were air-conditioned only part of the time.
Yes, but you didn’t mention that the universities employ full-time piano technicians to tune and repair the damage done by an inadequately maintained environment as well as normal wear and tear. A very close friend of mine is a university trained tuner/technician/rebuilder and is now employed by the same university maintaining the very large number of pianos in the music department. She and her co-workers each tune up to 6 pianos a day, and spend the rest of the time in the shop repairing and rebuilding.

I find it laughable that people have no problem maintaining their car - oil changes, tire changes, maintaing fluid levels and preventing rust, but seem to think the piano, which, for me to replace will cost 5 times what I have ever paid for a new Toyota, can be ignored for years on end.

Compare the cost of Dampp Chaser to the cost of 4 new tires for your car. You will, however, get 20+ years out of the DC.

True - though universities here don't treat theirs like that apart from those few being used for performances and exams. The uprights get just routine tuning.

My question of NoGameNoLife - was what sort of piano are we're talking about. If it's a $500 CraigsList piano it needs different consideration from a $129,000 Seiler. One of which, a DamppChase and 3 monthly services would be appropriate - the other, less so.
Quite true. But I have a bias against our disposable society - at $500 one could afford to throw it out and get another at least twice a year for what it costs to run a car, and, if you make your living as a pianist, it is simply the cost of doing business and deductable. Of course, the moving and removing costs would quickly add up, making the $129,000 Seiler look like not a bad deal. smirk

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