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Showroom Locations:
Stamford, CT
Manhattan, NY
(800) 968-9250
(203) 968-8888

 


Piano Care

Piano Tuning:

Piano Tuning: Allegro Pianos is your Connecticut, New York and New Jersey specialists for Vintage Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, Estonia and Bluthner Pianos.

Twice a  year is usually a good interval for tuning a piano.During periods in which a piano gets very little or no use, it is still advised to tune it at least once a year. It will keep the piano on pitch and the regular service will ensure that all mechanical  parts work properly.

Newly strung pianos (including new pianos and newly rebuilt pianos) should be tuned more often during the first year.
One of the advantages of getting a fully prepared piano from allegro Pianos, is that we stabilize and tune our pianos several times in the showroom and prior to delivery. a good preparation usually results in a trouble free acclimating period.

if this process is not properly done by the piano dealer, such as in case a piano is delivered directly from a warehouse to a customer, the stabilization period  is usually much longer and more tunings are needed for a new or a newly strung piano during the course of the first couple of years.

 

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Piano & Temperature:


Piano Care

Luckily, pianos feel good in environments that also usually feel good for most people. Room temperatures of low to mid 70's in the summer and mid to upper 60's in the winter are ideal...but unless pianos are exposed to extreme heat of above 90 degrees or close to freezing cold temperatures for extended periods of time they are not likely to be damaged.

Remember, quality pianos are built to withstand years of use and adapt to many different environments. In the past, pianos survived rather well without the benefits of air conditioning systems and used to be exposed to much harsher overall conditions.


 

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Piano & Humidity:

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Extremes of humidity as well as large changes in humidity are both harmful to pianos. Ideally, a piano will be maintained in a room in which the relative humidity remains relatively constant year-round.

In a dry climate such as is found in the U.S. Southwest, a relative humidity in the 20% to 30% range is a good objective. In a varied climate such as is found in the U.S. Northeast, the relative humidity should be kept in the 30% - 40% in the winter and 40% -50% range during the summer.

In a tropical climate, the relative humidity should be kept between 45% and 55%.

There are several good options to maintain pianos in good relative humidity with little effort. when visiting allegro Pianos, Our expert team can advise and offer easy solutions for your particular situation.

Generally speaking with a focus on pianos in the North Eastern US, air conditioners can  useful as they dehumidify the air during the summer.

A simple and inexpensive piano climate control system, such as a Dampp Chaser - Piano life saver can also be very effective for year round use...and some prefer to maintain whole house or room humidifiers as they prefer to avoid the winter very dry air...benefiting their pianos seamlessly.


Read the Piano Life Saver article about Allegro Pianos

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Piano & Sunlight:

Allegro Pianos is your Connecticut, New York and New Jersey specialists for Vintage Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, Estonia and Bluthner Pianos.

Some piano finishes are much more durable than others. Some will fade even in indirect sunlight while others will not be affected at all.
Direct sunlight is usually not good for any piano, and while it harms certain piano finishes (causing these to bleach and to crack) and not others, the heat caused by direct sunlight destabilizes the piano interior.

However, there are a number of ways to protect a piano that is placed nearby a window, including areas that are exposed to plenty of sunlight. When visiting Allegro Pianos, our expert team can offer advice based on your particular situation and intended piano placement. we usually have solutions that allow customers to place a piano almost anywhere in your home without risk of damage.

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Piano Interior:

Allegro Pianos is your Connecticut, New York and New Jersey specialists for Vintage Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, Estonia and Bluthner Pianos.


Keep fluids away from the piano as these can do damage if they spill. Also, don't touch touch the bass strings. Residue from hands and fingers causes corrosion.
Remove dust with a leaf blower or with the exhaust from a vacuum cleaner.

 

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Piano Keys:

Allegro Pianos is your Connecticut, New York and New Jersey specialists for Vintage Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, Estonia and Bluthner Pianos.

The fallboard should always be open to allow free circulation of air around the keys. Keys should be cleaned only with a soft cloth, dampened very slightly with water or club soda (or Windex if the keys are really dirty). Never put fluid directly on the keys.

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Piano Furniture:

Allegro Pianos is your Connecticut, New York and New Jersey specialists for Vintage Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, Estonia and Bluthner Pianos.



Polished finishes are usually much stronger, durable and easy to care.
Before cleaning with a cloth remove dust from the piano using a feather duster.
Finger prints can be cleaned easily with a soft cloth that is slightly moist using circular movements.

There is rarely a need for any furniture polish although some piano cleaning and polishing products are available.
do not use any cleaners containing ammonia on any piano finishes.

Satin finishes are softer, more easily damages and harder to care for.
 To remove smudges, use a soft clean cheesecloth or an old clean cotton tee shirt (with the seams removed). Spray a small amount of water (or ammonia free Windex if necessary) onto the cloth and then rub the smudged area in the direction of the grain.
Do not rub across the grain and do not apply fluid directly to the piano.
Avoid using the piano lid as a display surface. In particular, never place a vase containing water or wet soil on the piano.

Furniture polish should never be used on a new finish. To liven up an older finish use "Guardsman" furniture polish, but only occasionally.

 


  

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