Category: Entretien du piano

You’ve recently fulfilled a long-held dream and bought your brand-new piano. Congratulations! Of course, with a considerable investment such as this, you want your cherished instrument to remain in its perfect condition as long as possible.

Now you should know that during its very first year of use, your new piano already needs maintenance. Sometimes, piano retailers are shy to mention this important detail, afraid that it would deter buyers… So, when a salesperson tells you that “a new piano won’t need maintenance before a long time,” here are some tips you should keep in mind:

1- Most piano manufacturers recommend two tunings per year.

This recommendation is made not only by piano technicians, but by the piano manufacturers themselves, like Yamaha and Steinway. This ensures the instrument’s stability and increases its longevity. Therefore, when you buy a new piano, make sure your retailer’s after-sales services include at least one free tuning during the initial year of use.

Magasin pianos neufs

Source: Gryffindor, Steinway-Haus Wien

2- Your new piano will need a running-in maintenance after some time.

One should remember that a piano is made of wood, a living material that keeps on “working” for some years. It is not unusual to see some hammer shanks slightly twist over time, and consequently, these hammers won’t perfectly hit the three strings any more. If not repaired early, this small misalignment may eventually cause bigger damage to the hammers, becoming more difficult and costly to fix.

Marteaux piano récent

Source: PTM

3- Your new piano will be as sensitive to fluctuating humidity levels as older pianos.

Whatever its age or condition, no music instrument made largely of wood will resist to the detrimental effects caused by fluctuating humidity levels, from very dry during our cold winters to highly humid during hot summers. Every trustworthy piano retailer will warn you about this!

Fissure table d'harmonie piano récent

Cracked soundboard in an almost new piano. Source : PTM.

Nevertheless, some retailers will not insist on installing a humidity control system in your piano since this represents an additional expense that you didn’t plan for.

But it is never too late to do the right thing! Once your beloved piano benefits from a microclimate with a constant level of humidity from season to season, you’ve already helped to extend its life and protect your investment.

Piattino Caster Cups

One of our clients lives in a magnificent apartment with an outstanding view and… neighbours.

We installed Piattino Caster Cups under her piano’s wheels and since then, she plays piano with much more ease and tranquillity. Thanks to a rubber ring isolating the floor side from the piano side, these special cups block, to a certain extent, the piano’s vibrations transmitted through the floor to neighbouring apartments.

La coupelle Piattino
Piattino Caster Cups

The felt stuck under the cup also protects the floor and allows you to slide the piano easily when you move it around.

Un piano équipé des coupelles Piattino
A piano equipped with Piattino Caster Cups

Moreover, these cups barely raise the piano. Pedals remain at a comfortable height while allowing enough room for a carpet under the pedalboard for the pianist’ feet. These cups are high-quality, made in Germany and their efficient design will also add a touch of elegance to your piano.

Piattino Caster Cups fit all types of pianos

Piattino caster cups are as perfect for upright as for grand pianos. They are available in solid brass or nickel finish.

Piattino nickel

Installation included with tuning and maintenance service.

Product offered for a limited time.