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Piano for dummies - Blake N.

Blake N. Piano for dummies - IDG, 1996. - 353 p.
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Technical support lines
Each and every time you buy a new keyboard, fill out and send in the registration card that comes with it. Don’t be afraid that you’ll be put on some mailing list or give away the combination to the family lockbox. You are simply telling the manufacturer, “Just letting you know that I bought your really cool product. Here’s my name and here’s where I live.” That’s all.
Then, day or night, any time you have a problem, you can call the manufacturer’s technical support line and speak with a knowledgeable professional (maybe even someone who designed your keyboard) about the specific problem you are having and how to rectify it.
The call to technical support is usually free. All you have to do is fill out that pesky little card and mail it. Oh, and if you’re still too lazy to fill it out, most manufacturers allow you to register online via the Internet or direct modem connection.
Part VI: So Many Toys, So Little Time
To find the technical support line for your instrument, call the manufacturer directly, or see the sample list of manufacturer phone numbers in Chapter 16.
To the Emergency Room
Unfortunately, some problems can arise for your keyboard that require some serious time, effort, and money to fix. If you experience any of the following problems, you should get at least two separate estimates from two separate people before deciding whether or not to salvage your instrument:
J' The soundboard on your acoustic piano cracks or breaks. The
soundboard is the large, polished board lying under the strings.
The soundboard can break during a move, if performed by unqualified movers. It can also be caused by constant changes in humidity, causing the wood to swell and contract. You probably won’t notice a broken soundboard on your own. Have the piano technician can check out the soundboard for you.
J1 You hear only a thump when you press an acoustic piano key. Either the hammer, damper, or both are not functioning properly. You may have to replace the mechanism for that one key or replace the entire set of keys and hammers. Hope for the first option. Of course, it could just be a broken string, which can be fixed for under $20.
. Your electric keyboard will not power on. First, make sure you paid last month’s electric bill. Unless you have a battery-operated keyboard with old batteries, your keyboard should always power on when plugged in correctly. If not, it may be dead.
S' Your LCD display shows nothing legible. If the words and program names on the front panel display are suddenly a bunch of letters that you recognize only from your recent alien abduction, the brains of your board may be fried.
i1 You spill a beverage all over your electric keyboard. Oh, dear! You probably just shorted out the entire board. Few, if any, of your buttons and keys are going to work. This is why no drinks are allowed in recording studios. If you spilled on an acoustic keyboard, quickly get a towel and start sopping it up. The wood, strings, hammers, and even keys may be damaged, but at least there isn’t anything electrical to bug out.
A few mishaps that seem terrible actually aren’t that bad, including pedals falling off, strings breaking, headphone jacks snapping off inside the unit, and even keys sticking. True, these are big headaches, but they aren’t serious problems. Just leave the problem alone and call a professional.
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If you own or rent an acoustic piano, moving from one residence to another is always going to be more expensive. You must hire a qualified piano mover to transfer your baby to its new home.
Don’t be cheap about hiring a mover. Inexperienced movers can ruin — let me say that again, please — ruin your piano.
I have three words of advice when it comes to moving your piano:
J' Don’t ever try to move the piano by yourself or with friends.
J' Always ask the moving company if they are qualified piano movers.
J’ Don’t watch when they move it.
Please allow me to clarify the last piece of advice. You should definitely be present to watch the movers and make sure they are taking extreme care when moving your precious baby. But I’m warning you that you’re guaranteed to grimace when you see them flip that piano over on its side. You just know it’s going to crash on the floor.
Piano moving involves its own specialized equipment: a piano board. This long flat board has lots of padding and several handles, or handholds. The movers lay the piano on its side on this board and strap the piano and piano board to the dolly. The piano board holds your baby securely and cushions any jarring bumps. If your movers show up without a piano board, then I strongly advise you to bid them farewell and call new movers.
Your local piano dealer can recommend several good moving companies who specialize in piano moving. The good ones actually receive endorsements from piano manufacturers.
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