Dery Piano Service

Frequently asked questions

Pianos are susceptible to climatic changes. Any variances in temperature and humidity will impact the 88 keys, and more than 200 strings, thus requiring a re-adjustment to your piano.

Temperature:
Piano strings are made from steel that are under 18 tons of tension. Since steel reacts to temperature changes, it will understandably have an effect on the tension – and therefore the sound frequency that it produces. A piano tuner sets the piano to a concert pitch (called A440) by tightening, or loosening, the string tension.

Humidity:
A piano’s construction includes a wood frame that is directly impacted by humidity levels. When humidity rises, the wood expands and raises the piano’s pitch. Conversely, when the piano dries, the wood shrinks and decreases the piano’s pitch. A piano tuner-technician will not only return the piano to a concert pitch, but will also provide you with options for piano placement and ways to compensate for climatic conditions.
It is recommended to wait at least a month, after your piano purchase, before booking a piano tuning. This is to allow enough time for your piano to get acclimatized to its new environment.

In some situations (ie: concerts) where an immediate tuning is required, please be aware that your piano will require a subsequent tuning adjustment after it has completed its acclimatization.
Optimal placement would be away from direct heat and away from places where there are temperature shifts. In well insulated homes, this isn't too much of a concern, however direct heat source seems to be one of the most frequent problems.
Piano manufacturers recommend 3 to 4 tunings in the first year after buying a piano. After that, two tunings per year is ideal.
“The modern piano technician must have knowledge in many phases of piano service. He needs to understand the structural stresses and environmental factors which affect a piano”.

The CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PIANO TECHNICIANS is a non-profit organization comprising of the foremost piano craftsmen. Its aim is to maintain the highest level of professional skill and its purpose is to provide piano owners with an accredited service, readily available and thoroughly dependable. As a piano owner, you can protect yourself by engaging the services of a member of the C.A.P.T. / A.C.A.P.
We always recommend that you get a professional piano mover to relocate your piano. Trying to move a piano yourself means risking damage to your piano - along with the possibility of causing serious bodily injury.
This can be a controversial subject, both inside and outside of the profession.

Aural tuning:
God’s gift of a fine musical ear is no doubt a great and wonderful asset. Every piano manufactured is an individual instrument. Not all pianos respond the same way to a similar service - any more than humans respond the same way to a similar medical treatment. Therefore, the tuner has to be accomplished enough as an aural tuner to tailor his tuning to each individual piano. The aim is to create musical “life” from each instrument’s individual qualities and peculiarities. Good aural tuners will always be in demand, and it is a method that we prefer.

Electronic tuning:
Electronic devices, although very good if used intelligently, cannot entirely adapt to all the individual situations and may result in a “lifeless” musical quality. Good electronic tuning devices are available and when used judiciously, with aural experience, will yield wonderful results.
According to the Pierce Piano Atlas, it is claimed that R.W. Plain was probably the first to build a pneumatic self-playing piano in 1863.
Digital:
Digital keyboards are handy when you need portability. You can buy a less expensive keyboard with a spring touch or you can spend a few more dollars and buy a keyboard with a weighted touch, that will simulate the touch of an acoustic piano. As with many electronic devices, they generally devalue quickly and models are soon obsolete. However, no yearly servicing is required.

Acoustic:
An acoustic piano is always a good investment. Digital piano touch is difficult to compare with the touch of an acoustic piano. Should you wish to sell your acoustic piano, your original investment will most-likely be maintained. The acoustic piano mechanism is virtually the same today as it was decades ago. For serious piano playing and studies, the acoustic piano is unrivaled. The sound is genuine versus its imitation on an electronic keyboard.
Pianos love a Relative Humidity level of 40% to 50% - and possibly a little less in winter. If the humidity level is too low, a humidifier is recommended. Inversely, if the humidity levels are too high, a dehumidifier is recommended. Investing in a hygrometer will provide you with an accurate measurement of your piano's humidity levels.
On the outside, a player piano is very similar to a regular upright instrument, but with some additional features. Please visit the Gallery section in the menu above to view the insides of a Player piano.
The pride of ownership. Having a conversation piece. The enjoyment of listening to the instrument perform varied types of music by simply activating the pedal mechanism while watching the keyboard mysteriously play on its own; yet still having the option of playing the instrument like the conventional piano. Motorizing the pedal mechanism is also an attractive feature.
Yes, providing all the major mechanisms are still in the instrument.
The answer will vary depending upon the historical value, the sentimental value (in the case of heirlooms), and when the owner decides to preserve an antique. A piano technician can determine if a particular instrument will tolerate the required upgrades. Often, the parts are obsolete and need to be custom hand-crafted; which can be time-consuming and increase the overall cost.
Yes, most definitely. QRS is the world’s oldest and largest piano roll manufacturer. They a have huge selection of the latest hits and oldies. Their telephone number is: 1-716-885-4600
When it comes to buying a new piano, it is important to choose a reputable dealer. In most cases, fraudulent dealerships do not stay around for very long.

As for used instruments purchased from private owners, one should be careful. There are many cases where pianos needed to be condemned after purchase. To be on the safe side, it often pays to consult or hire a professional to assist you in your decision. A C.A.P.T. registered tuner-technician can guide you in making a “sound” decision.

 

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