Ordering Your First Piano: 2 Things to Consider

21 August 2019
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A piano can be a great addition to any home. Not only will having a piano in your home allow you to learn to play the instrument, but it can also add a layer of sophistication to any room. If you are thinking about ordering a piano, it is important that you know what you need to do before it is shipped to your property. Read on to find out everything you need to know.

1. Think about access

The first thing you will need to consider how you will get the piano into your home. While it is possible to remove the legs from a grand piano, the body is still a significant size. If you haven't already done so, it is a good idea to measure the size of doors and corridors inside your property so you can be certain that the piano will fit inside. If you live in a smaller property, ordering an upright piano which is smaller in size may be a better option for you. If your property has steps, you will need to inform the delivery team so that they pack ramps or a lift. If you wish to place a piano on a second or third floor, the delivery team may wish to set up a pulley so they can winch the instrument up the exterior of the building before swinging it in through a window.

2. Have the piano tuned

When the piano arrives at your home, it may not be in tune. This is because while the piano was in storage, the strings may have lost some of their tension, causing each note to sound flat. When the piano is being transported to your home, vibrations may cause the tuning pegs to shift slightly, causing the piano to go out of tune. A professional piano tuner will check the tuning by depressing each key in turn and measuring the note produced on an electronic tuner. They will then adjust the tuning pegs until the correct note is produced. Because it will take a little while for the strings to settle, the technician may need to return a few days or weeks later to make a few minor adjustments to the instrument.

If you are interested in finding out more about piano tuning, you should contact a local piano technician today. They will be happy to visit your home once the instrument has been delivered.