Looking after your instrument in the heat

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Looking after your instrument in the heat

Post by levisaunders » 13 Sep 2016, 08:36

Hey everyone

I live in Perth Western Australia. I have a few clients looking to store their piano's (one small upright and one grand) for over a year and including summer months. It's no uncommon to reach temperatures above 42 degrees celcius here and i was wondering if there are some ways i can better protect the instruments against heat damage?

Thank you in advance

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Post by Colin Nicholson » 13 Sep 2016, 13:06

Pianos need to be kept in a moderate environment during storage to avoid damage to the wrest plank, wooden and metal components inside the mechanism.
Temperature between 15 - 20 degrees celcius / 24 hours a day
Humidity around 50% - 60% / 24 hours a day.

Purchase a digital hygrometer/ thermometer to monitor, and possibly install air conditioning.

If the air is too dry (below 40%), fit hydroceel tubes with water to maintain moisture during summer - but I think this is a customer priority and cost.

Generally speaking, pianos should not be kept in storage for any length of time.... not a suitable environment full stop. Warn customers is it at their own risk, so you are not liable. Always put grand pianos back onto their feet if long storage to preserve the mechanism flanges and stop them from moving/ warping.
For long storage, pay a piano tech to remove the mechanisms and store in a cooler room.
Contact Rebecca's pianos in Perth who may be able to help. (I have contacts in NSW).
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Post by Barrie Heaton » 14 Sep 2016, 16:15

Hi Levi

you need to protect the room at that level a full climate control system I am sure there are lots of companies in AU who will sell you a reasonable system

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Re: Looking after your instrument in the heat

Post by Gill the Piano » 14 Sep 2016, 16:40

They could consider lending their pianos out rather than storing them; being in a house would mean the pianos were in a more natural environment. Are the storage facilities not climate controlled?
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