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How to Store a Piano

If you are moving with a piano, you may find you need to store it for a while. Perhaps your temporary lodging doesn’t have a space for it. Or, maybe your piano player has left the nest but isn’t quite ready to take possession of her instrument. Maybe your piano is an heirloom and you wish to keep it for the grandkids. Whatever your reason for storing a piano, be aware that proper care is important to a piano’s playability and to its resale value.

If your piano is of the traditional, stringed variety, it is sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Have it tuned at least once a year (or more often if it receives a lot of play). Tuning not only makes a piano more pleasing to play; it can help the instrument’s ability to hold a tune (stay in tune over time).

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When you take a piano out of storage, it’s a good idea to let it sit in its new environment for a couple of weeks before tuning. This gives the instrument time to become acclimated to the conditions in its new home.

If you are storing a digital piano, you have a little more leeway in preparation. Because it is stringless, a digital instrument is not as sensitive to changes in humidity. However, it is sensitive to dust, so be sure to cover it to keep out particulates that can imp

Where you place your piano affects its well-being. Avoid placing it on an outside wall, near windows or exterior doors, in direct sunlight, or near fireplaces or furnace vents. Swings in humidity cause a harmful expansion and contraction of the soundboard—not to mention the potential for warping wooden panels and diminishing the luster of the cabinet finish.

Before putting a piano into storage, you should clean and polish it. Use a dust cover on the keys and close the keyboard. We employ pad-wrapping to protect the cabinet and keep dust out of the instrument while allowing it to “breathe.” Our storage facilities are climate-controlled to keep changes in temperature and humidity from affecting your piano. We always store pianos in the same position as they are played—never on their sides. This prevents unnatural stress on the mechanical parts that can damage them.

When you take a piano out of storage, it’s a good idea to let it sit in its new environment for a couple of weeks before tuning. This gives the instrument time to become acclimated to the conditions in its new home.

If you are storing a digital piano, you have a little more leeway in preparation. Because it is stringless, a digital instrument is not as sensitive to changes in humidity. However, it is sensitive to dust, so be sure to cover it to keep out particulates that can impair its function.

If you have questions about moving or storing your piano, our professional piano movers can provide the answers. Send an email to: sales@evsmoving.com.

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