Finding The Ultimate Worship Piano  

Finding The Ultimate Worship Piano  

Every industry, every field is seeing massive change thanks to technology. The piano industry is no different. 

Churches used to be able to purchase a simple acoustic piano and have it meet all their needs. If you’ve been in the market to upgrade your piano, you know a lot has changed. No longer is your choice limited to an upright or a grand. Instead, you can quickly become overwhelmed by technology, finding pianos that do just about everything you could dream. Finding The Ultimate Worship Piano  

Just as likely is to get overwhelmed and overdazzled with the bells and whistles. If would be nice to be able to add in different instruments, right? Or play different sounds – that would make it a better addition to your events, right?

Very quickly your piano and organ overlap. And you wind up with an instrument you don’t like and can’t use the way it was intended. 

The problems most encountered by well-meaning buyers are they become distracted by purchasing pianos that are:

Too complicated: The WOW buttons may seem like a good thing in the store, but often are things that will never be used. If you’re using your piano for real-time performances, do you really need screens and sampling and workstations that allow editing and mixing?

Don’t sound right: Money doesn’t always equate to a better sound. But if you’re purchasing a piano for a very low price, suffice to say it won’t have a warm sound. And that will echo throughout every performance you have. 

Cheaply made: Worship pianos are usually transferred from room to room, from group to group. They should be rugged to handle a variety of uses. 

Have too many potential distractions: During services, pianists are watching a variety of things to keep everything on track. What if they hit a wrong button and a rhythm sounds across the hall and they can’t turn it off? 

While this is by now means a full list of distractions, your end goal is to find a perfect piano for your needs. And that can be difficult, especially when you have dozens of other things on your mind. 

That’s where we can help. We can help ask the right questions to find out what your needs and goals are, and help you make the right selection for your church. 


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

7 Resolutions You Should Keep As A Piano Player This Year

7 Resolutions You Should Keep As A Piano Player This Year

Is one of your goals for the New Year to be an even better piano player? Do you hope to make music an increasingly important part of your life? Then here are a few steps you should take as we move into the next few months. 

1. Hire a professional to tune your piano

Pianos need regular tuning, whether you use them every day or not. On average, pianos should be tuned twice per year. If it’s been awhile, schedule your tuning today. 

2. Practice a new song

Repetition gets old. Instead of starting the new year out with the same old music, invest in something new, something motivating. Great songs from today’s greatest singers can get your fingers snapping again and give you just enough motivation to want to play even more. 7 Resolutions You Should Keep As A Piano Player This Year

3. Practice speed

Some of the most successful piano players achieve greatness because of their ability to speed things up. Those fast-paced tunes capture attention. Pick one up and see what you can do. Even if you have no desire to play professionally, there’s still something satisfying about playing a song at a quick pace. 

4. Listen to the professionals

When was the last time you were inspired by professionals? Take a trip to your local symphony and listen to the best. Better yet, make it a habit to seek out the best players in the world. How about a trip to New York to see the New York Philharmonic play? Or expand your horizons even further with a trip to Austria and see the homes of Mozart or Strauss. 

5. Learn more about famous composers

Piano playing is more than tapping out a few tunes. Discover the history of the art of piano playing, and it’ll inspire you even more. It may give you new inspiration as you discover what the likes of Bach, Beethoven, or Mahler created. 

6. Play a duet

Instead of playing by yourself, incorporate your music into someone else’s life too. If you work with a teacher, ask to be a part of a group performance. Play with another piano player, or incorporate another instrument into your tunes. It will help you listen differently and play in new ways. 

7. Teach someone to play

Share your knowledge with someone else. You don’t have to become a piano teacher to influence someone else to make music. Even a child with several years of playing can gain excitement about the art of piano by helping someone else realize their dreams in the process. 

Do you have any piano goals for the coming year?


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Understanding Polyphony

Understanding Polyphony

Looking to buy a digital piano? A little confused by all the terms you find associated with a digital piano? 

We understand. It’s a lot to take in. And the last thing you want is to end up with a digital piano that doesn’t meet your needs.   

Let’s talk polyphony. 

Polyphony describes how many notes an electronic keyboard can play at any one time. Why would you need more than ten? You only have ten fingers, right? Don’t forget you also have a sustain pedal and the potential for many notes to sound at the same time. Understanding Polyphony

All digital pianos will display this number somewhere in their specifications. It’s one factor that is very important to consider before selecting your instrument. 

For digital pianos, polyphony is one factor that if it isn’t high enough, it can seriously degrade your playing experience. Meaning you or your child will outgrow your instrument in a short period of time. 

A quick scan of digital pianos online will show you that the various manufacturers show numbers ranging from 32 to 128.On a basic level, it’s easy to understand that one with 128 note range will be far more effective than one with a 32 note range. 

What happens if you hit the maximum number of notes while playing? The instrument stops sounding the notes that have already been played. How it does this depends on how it was manufactured. Some drop the earliest played notes. Others calculate which notes cause the least amount of harmonic disruption. 

Generally, higher polyphony is one factor that will push a digital piano up in price. But it isn’t something to skimp on. Particularly if you are planning on getting into complicated pieces of music. 

Polyphony is easy to hear. So don’t overlook this factor when making your final selection. 


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

How To Clean Piano Keys and Keyboards The Right Way

How To Clean Piano Keys and Keyboards The Right Way

Have you ever sat down to play a piano where the piano keys didn’t feel right? Maybe the color had changed, the keys felt rough or sticky. They felt gritty to the touch. 

The piano keys are the most usable part of the piano. Which makes them the most susceptible part of the piano for becoming dirty. 

There are certain things you can do to ward off potential problems. 

  • Dust the keyboard regularly
  • Wash your hands before you play
  • Keep the keyboard covered when kids or pets are around

How To Clean Piano Keys and Keyboards The Right WayIn time, dust, dirt, debris, and oil from your fingertips settle on top of the keys. It comes with age, from simply being in your home and available to play at any time. 

But the piano keys aren’t something you can clean as if it were an average piece of furniture. Do it the wrong way and your keys may stop working. The wrong way could leave you with a piano that doesn’t work. 

Start with a soft cloth – microfiber works well. If you don’t have a microfiber cloth, an old cotton t-shirt works well; cut away any seams or embellishments to ensure you don’t hurt the keys. 

Use an empty spray bottle – you can re-use one from something else. Just ensure there weren’t harmful chemicals in it before you use it. You can pick one up from your favorite big box store for low cost. 

Use a mixture of water and gentle liquid soap – make sure there aren’t any harsh solvents or chemicals in the soap. Castille soap works well.

Use one to two tablespoons of liquid soap per bottle depending on the size. Give a quick shake and you’re ready to clean. 

Never spray the water directly onto the keys. Instead, spray the soft cloth until slightly damp. Then starting at one end of the keyboard, gently slide the cloth from the back of the keytops to the front with gentle pressure. You may have to repeat this several times to remove all of the grime. 

Avoid wiping across the keyboard as that can shove small particles of dust and debris between the keys, which will result in “sticky” keys, those stubborn keys that don’t go up and down when you press them. 

You can clean both the black and white keys in this manner. There is no special treatment for either key. 

Once you clean the tops, you can move to the piano key fronts and clean in the same manner. Slide the cloth from the bottom of the key up to the top, trying to take dust with you as you remove the cloth from the key. 

There is no difference between an acoustic and a digital keyboard. They should be cleaned in similar fashion. 


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Tips For The New Piano Owner: Does My Piano Need Regulating?

Tips For The New Piano Owner: Does My Piano Need Regulating?

With every new hobby or activity you take on, there’s always a learning period, a time when you have to pick up the buzz words and understand what they mean. 

If you’re new to the piano world, you may have heard the term “regulation” used a time or two. Regulation by definition means establishing laws, rules, or policies. That’s how most of us understand the concept in the real world.

With regards to your piano, regulation means to reestablish the proper adjustment of the action. This is the mechanism that connects the piano keys to the piano hammers. Action occurs when the piano keys are struck and the hammers connect with the strings.  Tips For The New Piano Owner: Does My Piano Need Regulating?

This process is one of the most crucial parts of piano operation. It’s also one of the most delicate processes in the piano. The piano has hundreds of moving parts, each with its own important role. If one piece is out of operation, off in just the tiniest of ways, it impacts the sound. 

The piano actions are made mostly of wood and wool felt. That means the environment can impact the condition of the actions every day. If the piano is in a humid area, the felt can lift away from the wood. If the piano is in a dry climate or is subjected to harsh sunlight, the wood can warp. Each of these parts swells and contracts over and over again, with every change in temperature. 

While many think the more you play, the faster you’ll need to provide your piano with a little TLC, in reality the two aren’t always connected. Playing the piano regularly does put added stress on the movements, the hammers, the strings, and the felt. But in some cases, standing still can impact the piano equally so, just in a different way. Like everything, over time, your piano will wear. 

Regulation is designed to bring a piano back into working condition. Proper adjustment is done in terms of hundredths of an inch in most cases. That means each adjustment may be barely visible in terms of movement, yet can make a world of difference in the sound. 

If your piano is more than ten years old, your piano is probably in need of some regulation. Parts wear out. Things go out of adjustment, similar to your car. And like your car, periodic maintenance is needed to keep it in good working condition. 

If you suspect something is wrong or you would like to get an expert opinion, give us a call. 


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

How To Buy A Used Piano On Craigslist

How To Buy A Used Piano On Craigslist

Want to know how to find the best pianos on Craigslist?

The answer is – stop looking. 

The pianos listed on Craigslist usually come in one of two forms. 

1. The piano has been neglected for years. 

2. The piano has a lot of problems, and the owner simply wants to dump it on someone else. How To Buy A Used Piano On Craigslist

In either case, do you really want to take on that amount of problems? Especially if you really want to start playing the piano?

Some people find what appears to be good deals on Craigslist and feel they have to jump on it immediately or lose it forever. If they really are good deals, they wouldn’t be on Craigslist to begin with. 

If a person cares about their piano, they attempt to sell it through private sellers. They work with a realtor as they are moving or downsizing their homes. They work with piano tuners and piano teachers and find someone who wants to buy. They approach a dealer and sell the best back. 

When buying a used piano, you want one that feels the best and sounds the best TO YOU. This is important because the piano is yours to play. You want to love the way it feels and the way it sounds. 

You want one that looks great wherever you choose to place it. That means it should have a console that blends with your furniture and be free from scratches or marks. 

You want one that is in tune and can easily be kept in tune. An out of tune piano means either the owner didn’t care for it, or it’s slipped quickly out of tune due to a dried out pinblock or cracked bridge. 

Will you find a good piano deal on Craigslist? Chances are the answer is no. If we can help you find the best piano for you, give us a call today. 


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Caring For Your Piano’s Finish  

Caring For Your Piano’s Finish  

Pianos are the largest, most unique instrument you will ever own. If you play a guitar, a trumpet or a flute, at the end of your practice session you place it in its case and close it up until the next time you play. A piano also serves as a piece of furniture, proudly on display in your home day in and day out. Caring For Your Piano’s Finish  

The piano was one of the most prominent pieces of furniture on display in a person’s house for decades. The term “piano finish” has come to equal one of the highest qualities of wood finish available for fine furniture. After all, it may be the oldest piece of furniture in your room, and if well taken care of, can keep going for generations. 

Pianos today are finished using multiple types of materials. You’ll find polyurethanes, traditional lacquers, and polyester resins. While the main purpose of the piano finish is to protect the instrument itself, it also is intended to minimize any impact from the surrounding environment, including damage from heat and humidity. 

Most important, modern finishes are created to do their job with no additional help from waxes or polishes, and are best maintained with simple cleaning methods. 

Because a piano is constructed from wood, the cabinet expands and contracts with changes in levels of humidity. If the changes are severe enough, the finish will eventually begin to develop cracks and deteriorate over time. So moderating the environment and controlling where your piano is located is a vital part of caring for the finish. A piano should never be kept in an area where it is subjected to swings in moisture or temperature. Keep it away from vents, windows, open doorways, and heat sources, always avoiding direct sunlight. 

Dust is one of the most abrasive items that can damage the finish. To avoid scratching, remove dust with a soft fabric towel, like cotton, and avoid synthetic materials as they are usually quite coarse. 

Avoid polishes and waxes at all costs. Furniture polish can ruin a piano’s finish, as they contain silicone and other oils that soften the finish and make it more vulnerable. It can contaminate the wood and spread inside the piano, wreaking havoc on the interior parts. If you choose to use a cleaner, stop by your local piano dealer and pick up a cleaner made exclusively for piano finishes. 

With just these few precautions, you’ll keep your piano looking as good as new, for however long you choose to own it and keep it on display. 


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

The Benefits Of Music In Our Schools

The Benefits Of Music In Our Schools

Every year we try and balance all the optional activities available to our kids.

Every year, the school system attempts to provide a well-balanced education for the population.

Are the two meeting in the middle?

One look at our education system will show sports are on the rise and music is on the way down. Yet the sports programs aren’t for everyone. Unless your child has had years of practice, has grown from recreational to competitive before the age of fifteen, chances are they have very little chance of making the team in high school. And that’s a small percentage of the school.The Benefits Of Music In Our Schools

Music, however, it a subject that can enrich a student’s life and education forever. It benefits them from the time they are small children through old age.

Music helps develop language. The left side of the brain is better developed when introduced to music at a young age. It’s not just listening; it’s creating it too. Early musical training develops the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning.

Music gives mastery to memorization. There’s a lot of skill to reading music and interpreting it while playing an instrument. Those skills help develop the part of the brain needed for memorization.

Music increases coordination. Students who practice routinely can improve their hand-eye coordination and increase motor skills.

Music helps kids engage. Music class can offer kids an enjoyable hour in their busy days. When kids have a class they look forward to, they are more likely to stay engaged the entire day.

Music breeds success. Music is the fabric of our society. Music education helps a child develop character and adds to their intellectual development as well.

Music builds imagination. Music offer insight and intrigue into our lives. Artistic education develops the whole brain and brings out the imagination and curiosity.

Music can be relaxing. It’s not always about learning. Sometimes a person can sit down at the piano to take away the stress at the end of a busy day. It’s a skill that can offer stressless activity for life.

Music improves SAT scores. Students who have been taught music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. It improves your cognitive and auditory skills, which helps create a better student overall.

Music builds self-confidence. With encouragement from teachers and parents, music can build confidence. It allows a child to communicate on a richer level and love what they are doing each day.


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Does Your Piano Need Regulation?

Does Your Piano Need Regulation?

When you hear the word regulation, your piano probably doesn’t pop into your mind. Regulations have to do with laws, rules, and behavior, not your piano. 

But regulation of a piano means to restore the action to its proper adjustment. The action is the mechanism which connects the keys to the hammers. The action is what takes place to connect the keys to the proper strings in order to create a sound. Does Your Piano Need Regulation?

Regulation involves adjusting hundreds of moving parts. Each has an important role in making your piano play and sound the way it does. If one part is missing, loose, or not working at its proper function, your piano will not be able to provide proper sound. When these parts are played, there is the potential of something going wrong. And if this process is allowed to continue, it can impact other parts throughout the piano. 

A piano technician understands the piano and knows how every part interacts together. 

Since the piano actions are made up of wood and felt, they are impacted by the surrounding environment. If there is a lot of humidity, these parts can swell and contract as the moisture levels change. But these levels aren’t as big as you might think. Tiny changes can have big impact. 

All aspects of the piano are tightly woven together to create sound. To regulate a piano means to change each of these positions, which have very tight clearances and adjustments overall. A technician may twist and turn fractional units at a time. And while it might not seem like a whole lot to you and me, to a technician and the piano he’s working with, it can be a lot. 

When was the last time your piano was regulated? If it’s been over ten years, your piano is in need of an adjustment. Parts wear out. Wires stretch. Felts deteriorate. Wood adjusts. And all of that creates a piano that doesn’t perform at its optimal level. 

Playing at a less than optimal level won’t provide you with the sound quality you need to “feel” the music. And that’s why most of us play – we choose to create an artistic sound. Even if it’s subtle, you know it. You feel it. And that can be the difference between playing and not playing.  

If you suspect something is wrong or if years have passed by and you haven’t had maintenance work performed on your piano, give us a call. 


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Piano Acoustics: Setting Up Your Room For Sound

Piano Acoustics: Setting Up Your Room For Sound

Buying a piano without considering the final room placement is similar to buying an expensive home theater and expecting quality sound in any room in the home. 

It’s not going to happen. 

Because sound is dependent upon acoustics, defined as the properties or qualities of a room that determine how the sound is transmitted to it. Piano Acoustics: Setting Up Your Room For Sound

Every room has an invisible foe; acoustic distortions that impact the sound quality in the room. They distort the sound you’re trying to hear by covering it up with other sounds already a part of the space. 

Sound bounces. It’s not a one-time impact. Any time you produce a sound, it reflects based on the direction of the sound produced and what materials it finds in the process. 

Place a grand piano with the lid opening to the wall. Now change it and have it opened to the center of the room. Hear the difference?

Everything in the room, everything in your piano’s surrounding area impacts the final sound produced. It filters it. It masks the details. It either creates clarity or mashes it up. 

In the ideal world, your goal is to make the acoustics disappear, so that you’re only hearing the pure sound coming from your piano. Of course, you wouldn’t be able to create that room in reality; different frequencies always come into play. 

But critical listening is a part of good placement. And that means every aspect of your room – floor, walls, ceiling – all have an impact on the final sounds you hear. 

Music studios work meticulously to create the right environment so perfect sound is the norm. They invest heavily in creating perfect balance: absorption, diffusion, and reverberation. This means covering all surface areas with the right amount of treatments and absorbers to create the perfect sound every time. 

Luckily, if your goal is to play and not to record, you have a little more leeway in the sound produced. 

Realize everything in your room impacts the end sound. Add a rug, and you’ll reduce volume. Add wall hangings, and you’ll change the voice. 

Also, remember that the “right” sound isn’t the same for everyone. Your ear is key. What sound the best for you?

The better it sounds, the more you’ll play. And ultimately that’s what matters most.


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172