Category: Entretien du piano


Our technician recently made an interesting discovery in a client’s piano bench. He found the maintenance manual provided by Yamaha to buyers of a new acoustic piano.

For its acoustic pianos, Yamaha recommends a minimum of one tuning per year and precise adjustments

Knowing the reputation of Yamaha pianos, we were keen to read it. The manufacturer mentions the need for at least one tuning per year (and even two) and for precise adjustments performed by an expert technician. Such work ensures that the piano continues to perform at its best.

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The booklet also contains a wealth of information about the best location in a room for a piano (right acoustics, the need for ventilation, the required distance from windows and the heating system), and consistent temperature and humidity levels (avoid excessive dryness and humidity).

Would you like to know how to clean your piano’s keyboard? The manufacturer provides clear instructions. It also recommends not placing anything on the instrument (aside from music scores and a metronome, of course!). Finally, Yamaha reminds us how an accumulation of dust can be harmful to the hammers and action.

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So if your piano brings joy to you and your family, and you would like to keep it in good condition for a long time, then this document is for you!

 

 

 

 


At PIANO TECHNIQUE MONTREAL, our ultimate goal is to improve your piano’s condition to increase your joy of playing. 

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“A competent and imaginative tuner who restored my piano’s easiness and helped me regain my self-confidence. I thought I was the one regressing…”

-Richard Blais, on Faceboook

Our most popular services

ADAGIO : Basic 90 min. service (pitch adjustment or fine-tuning): $175

APPASSIONATO : Full maintenance, two-technician service: Prices on request

LEGGIERO : Electronic piano maintenance: Prices on request

 

Your piano deserves the best possible service

Our courteous approach and high level of expertise allow us to satisfy the most demanding customers who require the best possible service. Whether your instrument needs tuning, repair or adjustment, you can count on our care and attention to detail, which we invest with professionalism in every aspect of our work.

We’re also happy to put our knowledge, expertise and skills at your service if you’re regarding the acquisition, disposal or evaluation of a piano. Piano Technique Montréal will consider your needs and constraints to help you make the best possible choice.

Testimonials from satisfied clients

“Excellent service! Very professional, explained everything very clearly and did a great job too!”

-Kai Lun Z., 06-25-2018

“I gave my piano a full maintenance and the results are simply divine: its great sound is back and the feel is outstanding! ”

-Phuong M-T, 04-09-2018

“My piano sounds so much better after each of their visit – I highly recommend.”

-Christina P., 04-19-2018

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Schedule an appointment online OR call us at 514 344-8008.

 


Piattino Caster Cups

20 % DISCOUNT UNTIL AUGUST 31!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Installation included with tuning and maintenance service.

Product offered for a limited time.

 

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