Tips for identifying damage to a piano

Tips for identifying damage to a piano

If you own and, especially, regularly use a piano, like any of the Yamaha U1 pianos and Yamaha U3 pianos available from the piano shop Middlesex-based Little and Lampert Pianos, then it can prove very worthwhile to regularly inspect it for any signs of damage. This remains the case whether the piano is brand new and so has rarely been used or has been purchased used - through, for example, eBay - and so has perhaps seen many years of regular use. However, you could often struggle to identify damage to a piano if you are unaware of many of the most reliable signs of damage to a piano. In this article, we provide several tips for identifying piano damage to assist you in judging whether you should arrange for any piano you own to be forwarded to Little and Lampert Pianos for repair or restoration.

Signs of exterior damage to a piano

It is really just common sense that the exterior of a piano is easier to inspect for damage than its interior and so is worth inspecting first, especially for someone who has no or little experience in inspecting pianos for damage. Furthermore, exterior damage can adversely affect a piano more than you might realise; for example, it can not only lessen a piano's aesthetic value but also indicate serious interior problems. When inspecting a piano's exterior for damage, you should be particularly careful to identify chipped or crooked piano keys through looking for indicators like buzzing sounds, off-pitch notes and, of course, notes that don't play at all. You should also look out for cracks in the piano's finish and unresponsive piano pedals.

Signs of interior damage to a piano

Though some wear and tear in a piano's interior can be normal and not worth seriously fretting over, you should draw on the piano repair and restoration services of the piano shop Middlesex-based Little and Lampert Pianos if you see any of the following signs of damage in any of your pianos' interiors. These include damage to the soundboard, the large piece of wood underneath a grand piano and behind an upright, as cracks and warping of the soundboard can alter a piano's timbre, and damage to the pinblock, the wooden piece near the bridge that holds in place the tuning pins for each string, as a damaged pinblock can lead to loosened tuning pins and so buzzing sounds and bad pitch