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#2307720 - 07/27/14 10:53 AM Just got my first piano! What do I do now?
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Registered: 05/04/12
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Loc: Silver Spring, Maryland
I just got my first piano delivered yesterday -- a 1955 Baldwin. I had been using a Yamaha DGX-640 keyboard until now. This is my first piano.

What are the most important things to know about caring for it? Thanks.

Gary O'

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#2307727 - 07/27/14 11:02 AM Re: Just got my first piano! What do I do now? [Re: BWV 846]
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Registered: 10/23/12
Posts: 277
Loc: New York
Congrats, Gary. Welcome to the greatest passion in the world!

I would have a certified piano technician look at the piano - get it tuned, regulated and voiced, if it is called for. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.

Enjoy!
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#2307766 - 07/27/14 12:06 PM Re: Just got my first piano! What do I do now? [Re: BWV 846]
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Ask the tech to give you advice on whether humidity needs to be controlled for your piano in your part of the world.

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#2307794 - 07/27/14 01:46 PM Re: Just got my first piano! What do I do now? [Re: BWV 846]
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Check humidity and temperature control

>What do I do now?

Enjoy it?
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#2307798 - 07/27/14 01:55 PM Re: Just got my first piano! What do I do now? [Re: BWV 846]
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Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8950
Loc: Georgia, USA
Congratulations on the Baldwin!

What to do now? Play the heck out of it as often as you can! smile

Have it tuned as least twice a year/ regulated and voiced once a year. Otherwise, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! smile

Rick
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#2307857 - 07/27/14 04:29 PM Re: Just got my first piano! What do I do now? [Re: BWV 846]
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Registered: 07/09/13
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BWV 846,

You will love the difference but there is a bit more maintenance involved. No free lunch!

Something that is very important but often overlooked is to provide a regulated environment that maintains a fairly steady 50% relative humidity in the piano room. In Maryland, you probably have some type of AC, either central or room units. They will help to lower moisture but you may need to use a room dehumidifier too. You may also need to humidify the air in the really cold, dry months. Buy a reliable hygrometer and check it often.

Steady temps and RH levels will help keep your piano in tune longer and reduce swelling and shrinking of the many, many small wooden parts in your piano as well as the soundboard.

A RH between 45% and 55% is usually considered ideal. Just like your piano, humans feel most comfortable at around 45-55% so maintaining that RH should feel good to both you and your piano. As an added bonus, other items in the area will benefit from a steady moderate RH as well.

Enjoy!

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#2307967 - 07/27/14 11:53 PM Re: Just got my first piano! What do I do now? [Re: BWV 846]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 2167
Loc: Philadelphia area
Get it tuned and most importantly, play it!

You may have to try a few different piano techs until you find one your comfortable with. Budget for 3-4 visits per year.

Congrats, Enjoy

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