In my opinion the best method to learn the piano is to have a dedicated piano teacher!
There are lots of different methods teachers use. If you try and it’s not ringing you bell then change. I used 6 teachers to get my 2 daughters through to just playing for enjoyment. Don’t give up.
We have a range of recommended teachers. See them on our blog.
The best place to place your piano in the home is on a inside wall. This will help with the tuning stability and keeping the humidity levels even is good for pianos. That’s why we recommend having us install the Dampp-Chasser Piano Life Saver System. If your piano needs to be on an outside wall.
Related blog: Humidity effects on pianos.
This will depend on the type of finish.
If you piano is under about 50 years old and the finish is high gloss then we recommend Brillianize Polish. It should be used with a micro fibre cloth. Brillianize is available at Piano Magic.
If your piano is older it may have either a French Polish finish or a Spirit Laquer
French Polish is generally an older finish and often is dull because an oily Polish has been used in the past and dust has collected on the finish.
Gillie Stevens has a Polish called “Cleaner and Reviver” used with a cotton cloth and elbow grease your piano can look a treat.
Spirit Laquer finish.
Some older and especially American pianos have a crazed finish. The only way to improve this finish is to have it stripped off and replaced. Piano Magic has a dedicated specialist French Polisher
Some pianos can’t be tuned to pitch. Pitch or Concert Pitch is the standard pitch all instruments are tuned to so they can be played together.
When you get your piano tuned a good tuner will talk to you about what the piano is being used with and if the piano is flat and needs a pitch raise. This is normally about $165 on top of the tuning fee.
Why the extra cost? When we do a pitch raise the string we have just tuned will drop in pitch and so we need to tune the piano twice to get it to sound nice. The whole point of the excersize.
Pianos will drop in pitch over 12 months so if the piano is not tuned for years it needs to be pulled up to pitch.
Can the piano be tuned on the pitch it is at. Yes and a lot of piano are tuned below pitch. Some even sound better tuned flat. However it is not recommended if the piano is being used for practice with someone learning.
So why is this. The main reason is confusion. You play the piano at home every day then go to the piano teacher for the lesson and the pitch is higher. Your lesson is 30 minutes and you make mistakes because the piano sounds different so you might lose 10 minutes going over pieces that you would have played perfectly at home.
Call Piano Magic 9477 5866 to have the tune checked on your piano. Gary can always make it sound better.
This is an interesting question. There is a lot to understand about why different models in a particular brand, can have such a variation in price .
Things to consider in the price variations!
If the piano is secondhand , the piano age, of the model you are looking to buy ?
Do you know if the piano has been regularly tuned and maintained, by a Registered Tuner and Technician?
Does the purchase of the piano include the stool, the piano being tuned prior to delivery, a complimentary tune, does it include the delivery of the piano to your home.?
If you are buying from a store , are you being offered Warranty? Warranty is good, but only if it is genuine. How do you know that it will be ? You don’t really have an answer for that.!
Here at Piano Magic, we offer back up and after sales service !
This service is given by Gary, as he is the one who has his name on the line, as he owns the store and he is also the person that comes to deliver the piano, and tunes the piano at the times of after sales service.