Service and maintenance
Prolonging the life span and maintaining the re-sale value of a Steinway depends in large part on the instrument's proper installation and regular maintenance. The list below provides an overview of the most important facets of this work:
- mechanism and keyboard regulation
- hammer intonation
- piano cleaning
Tuning considerably affects the sound of pianos and grand pianos, and should be implemented at regular intervals. Tuning is also highly advisable at the beginning or end of the warm season. A tuning usually takes 1.5 hours, and includes cleaning the key surfaces as well as additional minor tasks. On our "Service Plan" page, we recommend a service schedule based on different styles of playing.
Should a perfectly tuned piano still exhibit a deficiency in tone, the finer settings in the mechanism or the firmness of the hammers may have changed. In this case, further maintenance work is necessary:
mechanism and keyboard regulation
In conjunction with climatic influences, each use of your piano alters the piano's mechanism, necessitating periodic regulation throughout the life of the instrument. This includes adjustments to the damper and pedal systems.
The intonation of hammerheads involves removing the felt from the hammers and and re-shaping them with needles. In this way, changes in felt tension are obtained which alter the sound dynamics, sound development and tonal quality. In the case of newer instruments, intonation ensures that the tonal standard is qualitatively maintained; older pianos experience tone rejuvenation.
Dust deposits or impurities on the soundboard, strings, the frame under the keys, the keybed or the surface of the case cannot be avoided, and should be removed immediately. Only in this way will your instrument function optimally, bringing you great joy when playing music.