After moving your piano from one location to another, it is important to have it tuned. But while tuning is the most frequent and critical piano maintenance task, it is often the least understood. Unfortunately, with more than 200 individual strings and thousands of moving components, your piano is one of the most complicated instruments you might own. Each of these strings must be carefully adjusted so as to put the instrument in tune. Remember, even the smallest change in the instrument’s string tension can be heard by an experienced ear.
How does this happen?
It should be noted that the strings of a piano are made to withstand extreme tension and years of heavy use. As such, actual physical movements of the instrument have little effect on its tuning. However, while your selected piano movers in San Fernando Valley will do all they can to guarantee the safety of your piano during a move, climate changes associated with the relocation usually make the instrument go out of tune. A significant difference in humidity levels between the organ’s previous home and its new location will instantly change the shape of the instrument’s soundboard, altering the tension on the strings.
So we can comfortably say that a climatic change is the main reason why a piano might go out of tune. To fully understand why, it should be realized that the piano’s soundboard, (key acoustical structure), is wooden built. While these kinds of soundboards make magnificent sounds, they are known to react to regular climatic changes. For instance, humidity changes result in noticeable soundboard contractions and expansions. The increased soundboard’s crowned shape results into stretched strings that make a high pitch. When moved to an area that experiences dry weather, the soundboard simply levels out. This lowers the string’s tension leading to a drop in the pitch.
Do these strings change pitch in the same manner?
Unfortunately, strings in your piano do not change pitch the same way. Strings near the soundboard’s edging shift the least and hence aren’t affected by the move. On the other hand, strings close to the center make the most movement. This being the case, unless your instrument is set a tightly sealed cavity, it is sure to regularly go out of tune. Fortunately, there are a number of small things that can be done to keep your organ sounding great and pleasant-sounding between normal service appointments, or after moving it to a new location. While preventing minor variations in indoor climate is almost impossible, there are various ways to improve conditions for your newly moved pianos. These include:
Controlling your home’s environment
There are several ways to do this, including installing a central humidification system or getting a portable humidifier to fight winter aridness, especially in climates with extreme cold and dry winters. Adding a dehumidifying system to your HVAC system is important in that it removes excess dampness during extra hot and damp summers.
If regulating your home’s setting is unworkable, or is looking for the best protection achievable, it is recommended that you have a dehumidifying system set up inside your piano. This kind of a system is efficient when it comes to regulating the climate inside your piano. Apart from improving its tuning constancy, the dehumidifier also helps in reducing constant shrinking and swelling in a piano’s wooden components.
While a properly-tuned piano moved hundred miles from a heated, dry apartment to a cool, humid location will sound just fine immediately after the move, it will require adjusting to suit the higher humidity a few days later as it will sound out tune. In simple terms, your piano needs to be immediately tuned after being moved from one location to another, especially if the air-conditioning or heating patterns or even the weather conditions are different.