Sunday, January 3, 2021

Could having a new piano delivered bring COVID-19 into your house?

 Yes, this is possible. So, as a precaution, you could hide under your bed like a little scared rabbit until you decide to come out -OR- you could just go about your business, take precautions, wear your mask, STAY SAFE, consider getting your vaccine and MOST OF US will probably be fine. After all, did you ask Amazon if all those boxes that came to the door could give you COVID-19? 2021 is going to be better because we are going to MAKE IT BETTER ourselves. Just have your piano delivered and live your life. (Jus' sayin'.)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Have Your Piano Tuned During the Winter Months

It's very important to tune your piano during the winter months, especially in colder climates. In most homes, the humidity levels dry out to a certain extent which can throw your piano out of tune quite a bit. Floors and and exterior walls can also get quite cold during the wee hours of the morning which is another problem.

Instead of encapsulating your piano in a quarantine tent (you know that thing "ET" was placed in when he got sick in that blockbuster movie?) simply call your piano tuner and schedule a piano tuning. After all, enjoying your piano during the cold, dreary winter months is one of the best times of the year to practice hard and make lots of progress.

Now THAT'S progress.

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Top 10 Ways to Devalue Your Piano

10. Make up excuses why you do not tune your piano every six months.
9. Place numerous items all over the top of your piano which ruin the finish.
8. Put permanent stickers up and down the keys.
7. Spill drinks on the keys, then clean off with a towel, instead of having it professionally cleaned.
6. Drop foreign objects such as pencils, pens, candy, erasers, playing cards, toys, etc. into the inside of the instrument.
5. Roll the piano across the room without using a dolly which weakens and sometime cracks the legs.
4. Placing the piano in direct sunlight causing the keys to yellow and the finish to fade.
3. Letting pets scratch at the piano causing permanent damage to the cabinet.
2. Placing the instrument next to a wood stove which may cause the sound board to crack.
1. Getting several inexperienced people to carry the piano across the house, up and down stairs and sometimes dropping the instrument, only a little bit, causing pedals to break, the soundboard to crack and strings and bridges to break.

For your own safety, do not try to roll a grand piano across the room. Even though the legs may seem very strong, they can buckle and severely injure the people moving it. Hire professional movers and stay safe.

Pianos are like cars. Even if no one is driving the car parked in the driveway, you still need to pay to maintain it. If you neglect it, when you go to sell it someday you may find that people will give you a million reasons why they don't want to buy it.

Keep your piano in good shape. It's worth it in the long run.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Should Senior Citizens Really Buy the Used Piano They Always Wanted?

The short answers is "YES!" It's never to late to fullfill your dream of owning your own piano. Whether it's a new or used piano, if getting started makes you happy, "go for it." A little right brain activity every day is good for your health and piece of mind. (Not to mention, it's the opposite of social media...which most of us love and even hate sometimes.)

If a piano brings you joy, get one and get started. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The "Mom-Jump-Starts-the-Kids-on-Piano" Craze

It's happening now and it's been going on for years. Mom used to play piano so the family decides to get a used piano. The next thing you know, Mom is playing again, the older kid is taking lessons from the piano teacher and the toddler is getting lessons from their mother. It's a family project and it's been going on since the early 1700's.

Most piano teachers do not take on students until they are five years old so in the mean time, go for it Mom! Get a used piano, start playing again, help the older kids with their lessons and jump start your toddlers as soon as they can behave themselves at the piano.

It's a family project that really pays off and is often passed down through generations.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rolling Your Piano Across the Floor

Most pianos have casters. Why not just roll it across the living room floor, right? Well, not exactly. These casters were really designed to roll the piano a couple of feet, not to the other side of the house. Rolling your piano across the floor can be a small disaster! This can mark up your bare wood floors with slight scuffing or deep trails in pine floors. Your carpet could become discolored or snagged.

In some cases, while the happy couple is in "Superman" mode pushing as hard as they possibly can, the piano even get caught in a rut and actually dump over on it's back; it's kind of rare, but it does happen. This is extremely dangerous. It could land on someone's foot, leg or even "Whiskers" the cat! Many people have thrown their backs out trying to "catch" the piano out of instinct. (Even a small spinet piano weighs around 300 lbs. and that hurts when you catch them.)

Grand pianos usually have hefty casters, also. If an old grand piano is rolled across the room, it could put grooves in the floor and, in some rare cases, collapse due to a weak or cracked leg. (Grand pianos can weigh over one thousand pounds. It's not worth the risk.)

Call a professional piano mover to move your piano across the room or to the other side of your home. Usually, piano movers will be available in a day or two to come over and get the job done right.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Getting Your Piano Ready BEFORE the Piano Tuner Arrives

Here are a few tips on how to be ready for your piano tuner when they come to work on your instrument:

Please clear the music books, candles, photographs, sculptures, toys, misc paraphernalia, live animals, etc. off the top of your piano.

Let the family know that it should be fairly quiet in the house when the piano tuner starts to go through the tuning procedure. (This is not necessary during repairs of the piano in many cases, just during the tuning session.) The quality of your tuning is determined by several factors. One if them is whether your piano tuner could hear what they were doing while tuning your piano.

So please turn down the:
  • X-Box air strikes in the boys room
  • Teenage diva screaming matches over clothing
  • The fully-loaded, state-of-the-art John Deere lawn mower right out side the window
  • The washing machine that makes "that weird noise."
  • The dishwasher that whispers right over all harmonics while we are tweaking the high treble on your piano
  • The hockey game on the giant screen
  • The Dyson
  • The toy drones
  • You Tube
  • And please let your Beagle out soon.
Let your piano tuner in the door, please. All tuners have a sixth-sense when it comes to hearing the "stuff" flying off the piano onto a nearby coffee table while we're staring at the "Welcome to Our Home" sign that's right next to the hornets' next at the front door (because you "never really use that door"). Let us in and we will gladly help you remove all the stuff from your piano. We do it everyday.

After your tuner greets the dogs, cats, chickens, snakes, parrots, guinea pigs or in my experience, wallaby's, bring them into another room and keep them there so the piano technician can move around the piano area without the boa constrictor slithering down the high treble into the toolbox. (Many tuners love animals, but need to get the job done quickly and efficiently so they can move on to the next service call so, "it's nothing personal, it's just business.")

Piano tuning sessions vary from about 45 minutes to 3 hours in some cases. On-site repairs can take seconds or hours in some cases. If your piano tech is coming for the first time, leave a little extra time for them to finish the work properly.

Yes, piano tuners can be "eccentric." 

Remember: We are a product of YOUR environment.

Help us be more normal, please.

Thank you.