Likely Causes of Tuning Out
When a piano begins to play out of tune, there are usually one or more factors involved in the process. Sudden, frequent temperature and humidity changes are the leading causes of a piano going out of tune. Due to the main components such as the bridge, pin block, and soundboard being made of wood, it is plausible for moisture to be absorbed and build up, which would in turn cause these parts to swell. This swelling would cause the strings to tighten up, becoming sharp. Likewise, should the environment become too dry, these parts would shrink and cause the piano to play flat? The same rings true for temperature fluctuations, as a hotter environment would cause the strings to heat up and stretch (flat), and if it is colder they will eventually begin to tighten (sharp). Environment aside, these parts also wear over time and will no doubt need replacing eventually anyway.
Moving the piano will undoubtedly put the piano out of tune every time. Positioning of the individual pins in the pin block is incredibly sensitive, as are the wires going over the bridge pins. Lifting or jogging the piano out of a flat, balanced position is more than likely to shift some of these delicate pieces, so a tuning will be required following its placement in the new location.
Keeping Your Yamaha Upright Pianos in Tune Longer
The most important things to remember when trying to maintain the sound of your piano are the location in the home, temperature and humidity control, as well as frequent and regular tuning sessions. Your piano should be situated in a room that maintains a fairly consistent temperature, avoiding areas close to bathrooms, frequently opening or closing doors and windows, as well as heaters and fireplaces. Purchasing a humidity controller for the space is also a fairly inexpensive investment to increase the longevity of your instruments tuning. Also, frequently tuning your piano will train your ears to hear the proper sound of each note, so you are better able to recognise when it is time for a tune up. The longer a piano stays out of tune, the harder it is to bring it back, so tuning twice a year is recommended.
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