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We are pleased to provide a written valuation of your piano for the purposes of insurance or for probate. We can advise you of the likely fee for visiting and carrying out the valuation, which will depend on travelling distance and whether or not it involves a special journey.


Advice on piano care

Most pianos require to be tuned every 6 months, or more often in the case of teachers’ pianos. If a piano is not being played upon, then tuning should be carried out at least once a year, to prevent deterioration.

Even when not in use regularly, a piano will go out of tune at the same rate, with the pitch slowly lowering - if left for long periods the resultant low pitch will have caused deterioration to the instrument and there may be problems in attaining the correct pitch again. With regular tuning, small adjustments to the action and other mechanisms can be carried out, helping to ensure that your piano is maintained in its optimum condition.

Keep pianos well away from radiators or other direct sources of heat; permanent damage can result within only a few days of being subjected to such conditions. Try to avoid siting your piano against an outside wall, where dampness and condensation can adversely affect it. Avoid also, rooms that have many windows, such as conservatories, because they are sure to be too hot and dry. It should be noted that strong sunlight will have a bleaching effect on the casework, and will lighten the colour of the finish in time.
Centrally heated rooms are generally too dry for pianos. Older pianos need to be kept at between 50 and 70 % R.H. (Relative Humidity), with about 60% being ideal. Proper humidity levels will ensure that no damage occurs to the wooden parts of your piano as a consequence of low moisture content; tuning stability will also be improved. The main parts of your piano at risk are the soundboard and the wrest plank. Both affect tuning stability, though splits in the soundboard mainly affect the piano’s tone, whilst splits in the wrest plank can make successful tuning impossible. To avoid any doubt, your tuner can supply you with an inexpensive hygrometer that allows you to keep a check on the conditions in the room.

Most piano owners appreciate the importance of moisture to prevent wooden parts deteriorating and some owners in the past have resorted to keeping a jar of water inside the case. Unfortunately, if there is a real problem with dryness, this resort does not allow fast enough evaporation to combat the drying effect, thus a purpose-made piano humidifier is the only sure way to help matters. Of course, in an ideal environment, the humidity of the whole room would be controlled, but this is rarely possible unless more expensive solutions are sought.

The standard type of manufactured piano humidifier appears to be just a simple cylindrical plastic tube but, in fact, has a special type of water-absorbent wadding inside that will not leak water and yet provides evaporation at a fast enough rate to satisfy most household situations. Your tuner / technician can easily fit one of these humidifiers inside the upper part of the casework by installing two retaining brackets for suspending the tube at a proper height within the instrument. Usually, this installation takes about 20 minutes. We maintain stocks of humidifiers at the workshop and will be pleased to fit these upon request.

Your piano can be dusted and polished in the same way as other household furniture, using a spray polish but avoid polishes that contain silicone as this tends to attract dust. Avoid applying polish to the keyboard - always use a clean, dry cloth when dusting the keys. If there is a build-up of dirt and grease on the keys, wring-out a cloth in some washing-up water containing a small amount of detergent and use this to remove dirt and grease from the keys; the cloth should only be slightly damp, else water will enter between the keys and soak into the wooden stock of the keys. For keys covered in ivory or celluloid, natural light will help to maintain their whiteness and prevent yellowing, therefore, leave the fall (keyboard lid) in its open position as often as possible.

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