Purchasing a Steinway piano is a large investment that can be appreciated in value over time, if cared for properly. With regular maintenance, not only will your piano last, past your lifetime for future generations to enjoy, but also, you can capitalize on it by reselling it as long as it remains in top condition.
Your Steinway should come with a manufacturer's warranty, which covers malfunctions and defects that are caused by craftsmanship. You may also consider purchasing the extended warranties or additional insurance for your piano.
Caring for your piano begins on the outside. Steinway has a variety of products available that are specially formulated to protect their pianos. It should be kept clean of dust and any wax buildup. The keys are sensitive and you should not use any type of cleanser on them. Moisture can make the keys stick. It is better to keep any unnecessary objects off the surface of your Steinway. Vases with water, candles, and other items can cause damage to the finish. You may also want to occasionally have professional furniture cleaner come in to thoroughly go over the entire piano.
Unless you are a professional, the inside of your piano is too delicate to be cleaned and maintained on your own. You should have the assistance of a qualified piano technician to service and clean the inside. Although, you may keep your piano covered, the inside will still have to be cleaned every few years to maintain optimal performance.
There are three steps involved in the regular working maintenance of your piano. Each of these should be preformed a few times a year, depending on how heavily the piano is used and your own judgment. Professional tuners should be employed about four times a year for the casual player. Use, weather, and other conditions will all affect how often tuning is required, but unless you are a professional pianist, you should do it very month. The second necessary service is voicing. This process involves perfecting the clarity of the tone, adjusting the hammer. Much of this is dependent on the player's individual preferences. Voicing is usually done two to three times a year. The final service is action regulation. With normal use, your piano will require a tune-up, so that it acts in the same manner, as when initially made. A professional should perform this service every two to three years.
You might find some other general precautions helpful to upkeep your Steinway piano. Keep it stored in a safe place and away from anything that might cause the wood harm. If you have young children, make sure you set boundaries, about what is acceptable use of the piano and what is not. If you must move it, be sure it is well protected and gently lifted, preferably my skilled piano movers who are familiar with the unique problems it poses.
With regular care, tune-ups, and proper cleaning, your Steinway piano will look and play as beautifully throughout the years as it did when you first purchased it.
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