Thursday, September 9, 2010

Offered My Help To A Piano Technician!

Just now, my piano technician came by. He was telling about how people are so spoiled by computers and cell phones, no one is inclined to talk directly over the phone, how everybody wants to deal with emails and don't want to do direct human contact. I told him about the advantages of blogging, twittering to attract business, to get attention from human folks and to have serious followers.

So he said, he might take me seriously and may open a blog about giving tips to how to take care of  pianos. He said I don't know how to use computer or to blog or tweet but I may give the text to you(that is me) and you can blog for me. I said sure...why not?

Then he told about how temperature effects piano. Subjecting it to extreme fluctuations of temperature and humidity levels can do major damage. Keeping a piano away from an outside wall was probably necessary in poorly insulated homes, but should not be a problem these days. Avoid direct sunlight on your piano - it can damage and fade the finish, or even create horrible tuning problems. Use curtains or blinds. Try and keep the temperature and humidity levels as consistent as possible in the room where you have your piano.Seasonal swings in relative humidity are the piano's greatest enemy. Swelling and shrinking of wooden parts affect tuning and keyboard touch, while extreme swings can eventually cause wood to crack and glue joints to fail. Just feather-dust the piano first (dust is abrasive, so wiping it first can cause scratches), then wipe with a soft, damp cotton cloth, wiping in the direction of the grain. Then, wipe up any excess moisture with a similar dry cloth. Do the same thing as above to clean your keys, but use separate cloths for the blacks and the whites. Don't use cleaning agents!

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