Q: How much is my piano worth?
A: It all depends on the brand, condition, age and size of the piano. The value of any instrument is subjective. An appraisal should be conducted by a qualified piano technician.
Q: How often should I have my piano tuned?
A: Your piano should be tuned with the changing seasons. During times of high humidity, doors, windows and anything made of wood swells. Your piano is constructed mostly of wood, with the exception of the cast iron plate that holds the strings. Your piano is affected by heat and humidity the same way as those sticking doors and windows. This causes the strings to be under too much tension, which brings the piano out of tune causing it to sound sour and at a higher pitch. In the winter, when the heat comes on in your home, the opposite happens. Most home heating in New England is dry heat and this causes the piano to go flat as the wood dries out. At minimum, to maintain a stable tuning, you should have your piano tuned at least twice a year.
Q: Why are my keys sticking?
A: The piano keys are made of wood. In the summer when the air becomes humid, the wood swells causing the keys to stick. In the winter dry heat causes the wood to shrink and the keys may rattle and sound noisy. This can be remedied by controlling the environment the piano is in with either a humidifier or de-humidifier, depending on the time of year.
Q: What is the best place for my piano?
A: In a perfect world the best place would be on an inside wall of your home or establishment, away from windows and heating or air conditioning vents, doors and anything that will cause sudden changes in temperature. However, if this is not possible, proper and routine piano tunings will keep your piano stable.