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