I’ve followed Kent Moore’s blog for some time now, and I always enjoy his posts. There’s gravity to his writing, a sense that he has thought carefully about whatever he’s writing about, and a certainty that it’s the best way to say it.
His “14 Myths About Pianos” is no exception, and the advice is right on the money. I can tell you from experience that a grand piano sounds robust when it gets tuned every quarter. I can also tell you that my parents actually did trade up from an old $200 used upright to a new Kimball spinet. But they did it because I told them I couldn’t stand the sound of the old one.
Misinformation is a burden. Here are a few of the myths I most often encounter about pianos.
1. Pianos should be placed on an inside wall of the home.
This was true before the outside walls of a home were insulated. Old Victorian style homes were poorly insulated against outside humidity. It is no longer necessary to place a piano on an inside wall in a home. It is still recommended to not place the piano by a window that receives direct sunlight for long periods of time.
Learn more about the history of insulation here.
2. We have not tuned the piano because no one plays it.
A piano should be tuned annually even if it is not played. The changes in humidity cause slight variations in the soundboard which changes the tension on the bridge. This causes changing tension on the strings which causes movement.
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