Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Pianos should be located away from drafty windows & doors, garages, heating and AC vents, radiators, direct sunlight,, wood stoves, & fireplaces. Putting a piano in Storage can also be harmful to a fine instrument.
Humidity and its Effects on Pianos
Changes in humidity causes the piano to go out of tune & may damage action parts, corrode the strings, and alter the regulation of the instrument.
“Wide swings in humidity can be very damaging to a piano.”
Pianos should be tuned every 6 months to a year. Being neglected for decades can result in sluggish action parts, & costly repairs. Frequency of tunings along with continual use is wise maintenance.
Consult a Professional before Purchasing a Piano
If you are planning to purchase a used piano, the above factors should be given serious thought. On the plate inside the piano is a 5 or 6 digit number. Using that number and the Brand of the piano, go to Bluebook Pianos to determine the age. Older is usually not better although there are exceptions.
It is always best to get an appraisal by a technician before making a purchase. This may save you from buyer’s remorse in the future. Remember that a piano is a musical instrument, not just another piece of furniture. Enjoy the music along the way.