FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
How Often Should I Tune And Service My Piano?
It depends on how sensitive you are to out-of-tuning condition, how sensitive your piano is to the humidity changes that cause a piano to go out of tune, the climate you live in, how much you play, and your budget. For most people, two to three times per year is the right way to keep the piano at concert pitch. Professional musicians and teachers may require more frequent service. Concert pianos are generally tuned (or the tuning touched up) before every performance.
What Is The Difference Between An Upright And A Grand Piano?
The first noticeable difference would be the appearance. While an upright piano usually sits against a wall with the “action” and strings concealed by the board of wood directly in front of the player’s head, the grand piano extends out from the pianist with the strings visable to the pianist when the top lid is open. The sound does tend to be more powerful from a grand piano than an upright piano as the soundboard is exposed from the bottom and the top (if the piano lid is open). The difference in playability is that the “action” of a grand piano is more complex than an upright with a system of extra parts that allows quicker repetition of notes. Certainly the grand piano is the most flexible piano however it is not necessary to make this the first piano purchase you make. An upright piano will fulfill all the learning needs of a beginner.
Should I Rent A Piano Before I Buy One?
Renting a piano can be avoided If you can trust the advice of your competent piano technician, purchasing a piano will always be a better investment than spending money on rentals. A good used piano will still retain its value when it comes time to sell, if properly maintained. Also it should be noted that when you approach the topic of “learning piano” with the idea to rent opposed to buy – you are setting a timeline of commitment that can be a discouraging factor to anyone. At the same time, most rental pianos are pianos that are often not properly cared for and have an uneven touch and tone across the keyboard which can discourage aspiring pianists.
Should I Buy An Electronic Keyboard or A Real Piano?
It really depends on what you want out of a piano. While electronic keyboards can be fun with all their extra buttons and options to enhance a musical experience, they can never offer the true touch or sound that an acoustic piano will provide its owner. From an investment point of view – an acoustic piano will always retain its value if properly maintained while an electronic keyboard will not. A broken note in an acoustic piano can often times be repaired inexpensively as something has come loose or needs to be adjusted in the piano “action” while in an electronic keyboard the repair may cost more than the actual value of the overall piano due to the expertise needed to find the electrical problem.