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Piano Sounding off? Here’s 5 Signs Your Piano is Due for a Thorough Service


If you are the proud owner of a piano, whether it is an heirloom or one that you bought, maintenance of it is very important. If you’re not using it frequently you may find that you are not aware of the dead giveaway signs that it may need repair or a general service.

Adirondack Piano Services offer professional piano services which includes repair, maintenance and moving of pianos. We know what to look for when testing a piano to ensure high-quality sound and experience. In this post we reveal the five signs you need to keep an eye out for to enjoy your piano to the fullest.

#1 There’s a Tinny Sound

General upkeep of a piano is key to full bodied, high-quality sound. Hammers and strings of a piano needs special care and may need to be replaced if you play the piano frequently. If you find that the piano has a tinny sound this could be due to hammers that needs to be repaired. Repairing hammers is best left to the professionals, be sure to give us a call and we’ll replace or repair them for you!

#2 Pedals Without Tension

Pedals without tension is no use to anyone who plays the piano frequently. There are three main pedals and each have a specific purpose; to make notes longer, quieter and to improve the sound of notes. If your piano’s pedals don’t have any tension, you won’t be able to get the required sound. For optimal playing experience, make sure you take care of your piano’s pedals!

#3 It is Audibly Out of Tune

If you play frequently it will be fairly easy for you to hear when the time comes to have the piano tuned. Even though tuning a piano is not too difficult, it is a task best left to professionals like our team at Adirondack Piano Services. We’ll ensure the strings and machine holding everything together is shipshape for the most enjoyable playing experience.

#4 Unstable Legs and Wheels

If you find that your piano is a bit wobbly, it is advisable not to play until someone has repaired the legs or wheels. Unstable legs and wheels can cause irreparable damage to your piano, and should be taken care of as soon as it is noted. If your piano is on wheels, have someone come to replace the wheels. If it’s standing on solid legs, it can be glued or replaced

#5 The Keys Have No Rebound

If you play often, you would have noticed that the piano keys are ‘bouncy’ so to speak. This is crucial for the quality of your playing experience and the sound. If you find that your piano’s keys have no rebound, we’d advise that you call the professionals to repair it as soon as possible. If your keys are too soft, you’ll experience difficulty in playing the piano altogether.

These signs will indicate when you should get professionals to take a look at your piano. Maintaining a musical instrument, especially a piano, is an ongoing process and should not be neglected. If you have picked up any of the signs we’ve discussed, be sure to give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help!