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Piano for dummies - Blake N.

Blake N. Piano for dummies - IDG, 1996. - 353 p.
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When using a liquid solution on the finish, whether soap and water or window cleaner (sometimes recommended, but ask first!), use an old T-shirt or newspaper instead of a paper towel. Newspaper won’t leave those little white fuzzballs as you clean. Get enough of those fuzzballs and you may as well not have dusted!
Don’t spray liquid cleaners directly on your instrument. Spray first onto your newspaper or cloth and then wipe the instrument. Continue again and again until the instrument is clean.
Secret revealed: Special Piano Cleaner
Your dealer may suggest you buy a "special cleaner” packaged in a very handy and attractive bottle. Having just written a very large check, you jump at the chance to protect your investment, never mind the added cost.
You get home and decipher the scientific ingredient names on the label, only to discover that you just purchased some expensive soap and water. Save your money; make your own using the following tools:
An empty spray bottle I A marker i1 Liquid soap J1 Water
Rinse out the spray bottle until it's free of residue from any previous products Use your marker to write "Special Piano Cleaner" or "Baby Shampoo" on the outside. Add four or five squirts of soap to the bottle. Fill the plastic bottle with clean water. Shake well.
262 Part VI: So Many Toys, So Little Time___________.
Catting Or. Help for a Check-up
Playing the keyboard is one thing. Knowing how to repair and maintain one is another. You should leave such matters to a qualified professional, a person I like to call Dr. Help. You have enough to worry about with playing, reading music, and touring around the world.
This section gives you tips on hiring piano tuners, piano technicians, keyboard technical support people, and others who can help you maintain and prolong your instrument’s life.
Tutting acoustic keyboards
Okay, so your friend can tune his own guitar, as can your friends with violins, clarinets, and kazoos. But keep in mind how much larger your piano is, how many parts are inside, and how much more you probably paid for it. Swallow your pride, pick up the phone, and call a piano technician when it’s time to tune your piano.
Piano technicians are skilled professionals with years of education and experience. And this kind of doctor still makes house calls. It may look like they’re just playing separate keys and tightening screws, but you won’t even know where to begin if you try to do it yourself.
Don’t think that you’ll suddenly hear your piano go out of tune one day. Loss of intonation is a gradual process that takes place over a long period of time. Your tuning will be much overdue if you actually say to yourself, “Wow! My piano’s out of tune.”
Schedule a tuning each year, preferably twice a year. Generally, the visit will take two to three hours and cost you between $50 and $100, which is well worth the cost! Plus, once you have a technician, he or she will probably contact you each year, so you don’t even have to remember to schedule an appointment to have your piano tuned.
Too many years of tuning neglect results in a piano that’s permanently out of tune. Ever heard an old honky-tonk saloon piano? Sure, the sound is sort of fun, but not when it’s coming from your $30,000 nine-foot grand piano.
You can get recommendations for a good piano technician from friends, teachers, music stores, and music schools. Don’t just select at random from the telephone book. A bad technician can ruin a piano.
In addition to tuning, I highly recommend asking the technician to have a look “under the hood” and make sure everything else is functioning properly. Ask the technician to check the following items:
Chapter 17: Raising Your Keyboard
J' Do the pedals work?
J1 Are the legs secure?
J' Is the soundboard cracked?
Keeping electric keyboards happy
You don’t need to tune your electric keyboard. However, it does need attention, though probably not once a year. If you keep your keyboard clean and dust-free, chances are you won’t need to call Dr. Help for quite some time.
Electric keyboards have lots of little buttons, digital displays, knobs, sliders, and other gadgets. Over time, through constant pushing and pulling, these gizmos experience normal wear and tear. If a button appears to be stuck, don’t, I repeat don’t, try to fix it yourself with one of your own tools.
Call a professional — perhaps the dealer who sold you the instrument originally. For a minimal fee, the dealer can assess the damage (if any) and fix it for you. If your warranty is still good — usually only for one year — repairs may cost you absolutely nothing.
Never, ever, under any circumstances, subpoena, or act of desperation should you unscrew or open the top of your keyboard. Sure, it looks really cool inside with all the computer chips and circuit boards. Sure, you think you know what you’re doing and want to save a buck. But you will (a) void your warranty automatically, and (b) more than likely damage your keyboard irreparably.
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