Where To Put Your Upright Piano

Where To Put Your Upright Piano

With most home purchases, you buy it, bring it home, and put it someplace convenient with little thought. A new appliance may be placed on your countertop, or stuffed into a cupboard. 

But a piano is a little more difficult to maneuver. When you bring it home, it’s going to take up a lot of space. If your home is crowded, you may move a table, or wedge your new piano between a couple of pieces of furniture. That’s the beauty of an upright piano – it takes up less space. Why not place it anywhere? 

There are good reasons why you should pay attention to placement. When deciding where to put your upright piano, keep in mind that placement has a huge impact on sound, how much you play the piano, as well as overall condition. If you want your piano to last for years, and want to give yourself the best chance of regular playing, keep these tips in mind. 

Uprights belong next to a wall – this may seem obvious – most people buy uprights to save space – but it is the best placement for an upright. It helps control sound. It also helps regulate temperature. An inside wall is better than one outside to ensure the temperatures stay the same. Cool air or a changing air supply can cause the wood to expand and contract, leaving your piano vulnerable to cracks and changes. 

Uprights should stay away from windows and vents – placing your piano near the window can allow sunlight to fade and warp the various components of your piano. It can also allow cold, drafty air to impact the tonal quality of the piano. Pianos are best kept in areas where changes in temperature and air supply are at a minimum, to fully protect wood, metal, and other parts from corroding or breaking. 

Acoustics change based on placement – sticking your upright piano in a corner, surrounded by other furniture, may seem like the best choice, but it might not be the best placement for high quality sound output. Every room has its own acoustic properties. Vaulted ceilings can make the sound echo; too much furniture may dull the sound. Play with placement to find an area that brings out a rich quality that entices you to play more. 

Playability – nobody likes sitting in a corner, hidden from view. Tuck your upright piano away and you may find yourself never wanting to play. Uprights don’t take as much room as grand pianos; bring it out to be included in your room design. Make it a welcome part of your environment, and you’ll be more likely to play it.  

Have more questions about where to put your upright piano? Just ask. We’re happy to help. 

How To Find The Serial Number On Your Vertical Piano

How To Find The Serial Number On Your Vertical Piano

Thinking about restoring your old piano? Have a vertical (upright) piano in need of repair, and wondering if its worth your time and money?

If you have had a piano in your life for years, and it has any type of sentimental value to you, chances are its worth restoring. Only the pianos in the worst of shape, with water damage or other extreme influences, have reached the point of no return.How To Find The Serial Number On Your Vertical Piano

Yet certain pianos do have more value, and therefore more potential than others. Want to find out how much your piano may be worth now, and if fully restored? The place to start is with the serial number. With that, you can talk with a reputable piano deaer and find its true worth.

How do you find the serial number? On a vertical piano, you can usually find it in one of five places.

1. Open up the lid and look down into the piano. The numbers are often printed or placed onto a sticker on the top of the harp, either on the left or right hand side.

2. Remove the upper facing cover and sit on the piano bench. Look ahead directly at eye level; the serial number may be printed either along side of the harp, of directly behind the harp on the wood behind it.

3. Check the inner sides of the piano near the upper facing cover. Often the serial number was printed either on the left or the right.

4. Check near the rear of the sound board.

5. If you haven’t found the serial number in any of these places, check the rear of the piano for markings.

Still having trouble? It may be time to call in a professional. As a professional with decades of experience in the piano industry, we know where to look and what to look for. We can quickly evaluate your piano and provide you with enough detail to make an informed decision about how to move forward.