Counting to 100: #18

Welcome to the Counting to 100 Pianos series. I am blogging my way through my first 100 tunings. For previous pianos, check out these:

This Baldwin piano is one that I am getting very familiar with as I play it every week and have tuned it 3 times now. (You can read about the previous times here Tuning # 3 and  here Tuning #12 .)  

There was nothing new about this tuning. Now that the piano is being tuned regularly by the same person, and has the humidifier going regularly, it stays in tune very well. 

If you have problems with your piano swelling a lot with the seasons (you might be able to tell when whole sections of your piano are ringing because the dampers aren't working right) you should consider putting in a Dampp Chaser. They make a world of difference. Some time soon I hope to do the training to learn how to install them myself, but for now I will keep reminding you that they are amazing. 

This is the first time I changed the pads for one. A Dampp Chaser is essentially  a reservoir of water in your piano with a heating bar installed above it. There are cloth pads that hang over the heating bar and draw up water from the reservoir below. They slowly build up deposits from constantly evaporating water and have to be replaced regularly.  But don't let that dissuade you! Having a system installed in your piano is easy, and your regular technician should be able to service it once it is installed. 

Counting to 100: #12

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