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#2251283 - 03/24/14 07:01 AM Timber wood decay and pianos
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Registered: 09/17/09
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Hi

Does anyone know whether pianos can be affected by timber wood decay in a property? For example, if the wooden doors in a property have timber wood decay (caused by fungi and moisture), would that decay spread to wooden structures of the piano?

I may be just over-worrying but thought I'd ask to see if anyone could enlighten me. Thanks!

Regards, Jibbers

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#2251288 - 03/24/14 07:21 AM Re: Timber wood decay and pianos [Re: Jibbers]
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If the Relative Humidity in the room is very high yes.


Edited by wimpiano (03/24/14 07:21 AM)
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#2251438 - 03/24/14 03:17 PM Re: Timber wood decay and pianos [Re: Jibbers]
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Yes, and if it's that damp, also the strings will rust. Mold and fungus are health hazards. So, get outta there! Head for the hills!
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#2252226 - 03/26/14 06:17 AM Re: Timber wood decay and pianos [Re: Jibbers]
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Thank you!

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#2252247 - 03/26/14 07:32 AM Re: Timber wood decay and pianos [Re: Jibbers]
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A dark and damp piano interior is also like the Ritz for woodworm and other wood-boring species. I was once shown an upright with really bad woodworm, when one played a key it would break in half. I know uprights are sometimes criticised for poor répetition but really....

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#2252274 - 03/26/14 08:58 AM Re: Timber wood decay and pianos [Re: Jean Claude]
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I wood(pun) presume that it is worse in solid lumber than in laminates (plywood) or MDF.

Just about non existent in carbon fiber or graphite parts though laugh

Yeah, I just HAD TO get that in - not that survival in high humidity environments or resistance to worms, rot and fungi is a major design goal for MOST piano manufacturers.

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#2252288 - 03/26/14 09:30 AM Re: Timber wood decay and pianos [Re: Jibbers]
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Isn't the Jungel & Vinne Piano Company doing rather well?
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#2252692 - 03/26/14 08:47 PM Re: Timber wood decay and pianos [Re: R_B]
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Originally Posted By: R_B
- not that survival in high humidity environments or resistance to worms, rot and fungi is a major design goal for MOST piano manufacturers.


I've heard stories of pianos made with stainless steel strings for use on cruise ships and such corrosive environments -- never actually seen one, though.
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