Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Keeping Liquids Away From Your Piano

Spilling liquids into your piano can result in costly repairs. In most cases, when water from a vase or hot wax from a candle makes contact with your piano cabinet, it will discolor or breakdown the finish. If the spill ends up inside your piano, it can cause multiple problems. It can end up on or under the keys causing them to become sluggish. If liquid makes contact with the action, many parts may need to be removed and cleaned or even replaced by a piano technician. This can easily cost hundreds of dollars. If the spill reaches the sound board, it can cause serious damage or even totally ruin your piano.

If you accidently spill something in your piano, call a qualified piano technician and get an estimate on an internal cleaning. In most cases, the problem can be resolved.

Birthday cake under the keyboard from 2 1/2 years ago, Hershey's kisses from yesteryear wedged in the piano action and green tea flowing down your soundboard will not improve your technique or give you "stunning staccato."

So keep all liquids, food and candles away from your piano because it's not a salad bar; it's probably the most expensive instrument in your home.

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