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Piano Purchase and Maintenance FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about a collection of information gathered from rec.music.makers.piano about purchasing and maintaining pianos.

This FAQ about a collection of information gathered from rec.music.makers.piano about purchasing and maintaining pianos was compiled and written by Isako Hoshino rmmpfaq@yahoo.com with numerous contributions by others.

I would like to extend my thanks to many in the RMMP newsgroup for bits and pieces of information contained in this FAQ. Special recognition goes to Tim MacEachern, Guy Klose, Larry Fine, Tom Sheehan, and John Musselwhite, for directly contributing to this FAQ. Special thanks goes to Phil Tompkins, for his countless suggestions, proof-reading, contributions, etc. If I missed anyone, please let me know! This is really a collective effort of the entire newsgroup.

This document is copyright (c) 1995-1997 by Isako Hoshino. It may be freely distributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may not be sold for profit nor incorporated in commercial documents without the author's permission.

This article is provided "as is" without express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, the maintainer assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.

Isako Hoshino
rmmpfaq@yahoo.com

-1] Piano Technicians Guild
For more detailed information regarding any technical ...
-2.1] I want to buy a piano. Where do I start?
Most of the questions asked in this newsgroup about ...
-2.2] I want to buy "The Piano Book". Where do I find it?
(1) If the book is not available through your ...
-2.3] What is new in the "The Piano Book", third edition?
The third edition has all new brand reviews (at least to ...
-2.4] Buying digital pianos
Please read Digital Pianos FAQ and Digital Pianos ...
-2.5] Word of advice (Piano Purchase)
Whatever you do, take your time when you are shopping for ...
-3] Recommended Things To Do Immediately After Piano Purchase
First of all, congratulations! on becoming a piano owner!...
-3.1] I bought it from a dealer (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
Some dealers will regulate and tune the piano ...
-3.2] I bought it used from someone (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
Before delivery, if possible, make a thorough inspection ...
-4.1] Where should I put my piano?
Pianos are very much like babies. Keep them out of drafts,...
-4.2] What atmospheric environment does piano like?
Pianos can degrade rapidly if the environment is too humid ...
-5.1] Can I Tune or Repair the Piano Myself?
The general consensus is, If you don't know what you ...
-5.2.1] The Arthur Reblitz books (Piano Maintenance reference books)
If you want to know all the technical details of how ...
-5.2.2] "The Piano Book" (Piano Maintenance reference books)
The Piano Book by Larry Fine, referred to above (see [2]...
-6] How Often Do I Have to Tune the Piano?
For a brand new piano, the general recommendation is to ...
-7] My Piano Goes Out of Tune Often. Is Something Wrong?
[7.1] New ...
-8] Is There a Special Polish to Polish My Piano?
There are specific polishes for different finishes and ...
-9] Tuning Methods (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
Brief answers are given here for a general understanding ...
-9.1] Why use an electronic pitch device instead of the traditional A-440 tuning fork? (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
Electronic tuning forks are quite accurate and some ...
-9.2] What is aural tuning? (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
Aural tuning is how piano tuners have traditionally ...
-9.3] What is electronically assisted, "electronic" tuning? (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
There are a few electronic tuning aid (ETA) devices on ...
-9.4] What are the pros and cons of aural tuning? (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
One of the supposed disadvantages of aural tuning is ...
-9.5] What are the pros and cons of electronic tuning? (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
For technicians who spend the majority of their time ...
-9.6] Which is better, aural or electronic tuning? (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
There is a great misconception among the public that ...
-10.1] Moving using professional movers (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
The most important thing, whether it is a cross-country ...
-10.1.1] Pre-move (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
Research the moving companies. For many local moves, ...
-10.1.2] Moving contract (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
For cross-country move, try having the following ...
-10.1.3] Arrival (Piano Purchase and Maintenance)
(1) Take the photo of the piano in the trailer as ...
-10.2] Moving the piano yourself
Pianos are HEAVY. A small upright can easily weigh as ...
-11.1] Pianos (Where Can I Get Replacement Parts?)
The piano supply outlet which deals with hobbyists is,...
-11.2] Harpsichords (Where Can I Get Replacement Parts?)
Gerald L. Self, Inc....









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