This piano is a 45-year-old Steinway upright, which only seems half its age thanks to this Dampp-Chaser humidity control system. The Dampp-Chaser “Piano Lifesaver” system is a humidity control system designed specifically for pianos. It truly is a lifesaver, particularly for pianos in churches, schools, and other institutions where the climate is not controlled as consistently as a home. I highly recommend the system for any instrument, and especially for church and school instruments. It can’t resurrect an already dead piano (sorry), but it will help to significantly preserve the life of your instrument! If you’d like to read more about humidity control, visit: http://www.sjpianoservice.com/humidity_control.htm
Did you know that pianos are very sensitive to humidity changes? The most vulnerable parts of a piano are the soundboard, bridges, and pinblock. Excessive dryness can cause wood to shrink or become brittle, which can cause cracks and major tuning stability problems. Excessive moisture can cause swelling and warping, creating tuning problems as well. Moisture, particularly in the summer months, is often also the culprit for stuck keys and action sluggishness.Relative humidity is measured with a hygrometer, or with a simple humidity monitor like this one. The optimal range for pianos (as well as other musical instruments made of wood) is 40-60%. It’s a little damp in the room right now for this piano!You can pick up a simple humidity monitor for $10-15 that should typically be accurate within +/- 5%. If you find that the area around your piano tends to have humidity levels well above 60% or… Read More
It is my pleasure to service pianos in homes, churches, and schools throughout South Jersey. I live near Woodstown, and work regularly in Salem, Gloucester and Cumberland counties. Visit the Services & Rates page to see current pricing for tuning and other standard work. Please also feel free to call or email if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment. Contact information can be found at the bottom of our site, or if you prefer, you can submit your inquiry through the Contact page and I will get back to you promptly. I am a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) with the Piano Technicians Guild, and I am also a certified installer of Dampp-Chaser® humidity control systems. For more information or to request a quote, visit the Humidity Control page. Thank you, and I look forward to working on your piano!