Welcome to the Counting to 100 Pianos series. I am blogging my way through my first 100 tunings. For previous pianos, check out these:
I like going back to pianos I have tuned before and seeing how they are doing. My church's piano is one that I now tune regularly (tuning #12!), and I also play it every week, so I get to see how it is doing. The weather really effects this piano, well and pianos in general, but having a Dampp Chaser helps tremendously. Fun story about this piano: When it is really hot and humid during the summer, the keys get sticky and sluggish. Everything rings because the dampers aren't making it to the strings strongly enough. It was getting very frustrating to play, but then I checked to see if there was a Dampp Chaser installed. There was, it just wasn't plugged in! We made a point to make sure it stayed plugged in, and the reservoir filled, and suddenly everything stopped sticking. When the Dampp Chaser is plugged in and running, everything works a little more smoothly.
Extremely cold weather can have an effect on pianos too. Cold weather means the heater turns on more, which means pianos get dried out, and tuning takes a hit as the pins start to loosen. When it was really cold a few weeks ago, it seemed like every piano I played was terribly out of tune, even at the university where I accompany. Do your piano a favor, get a humidifier system installed. Email me for more information, or check out this website: Piano Life Saver