Piano Prestige

Tuning and servicing Dampness - dryness - drafts How do I secure the right level of humidity? Avoid...

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"Just a note to record how delighted I am by the way in which you restored my piano and tuned it. It is a delight to once again listen to it in tune and to know that it has been brought back to the performance it must of had when it was new. I feel the money spent to get the job done was very well spent and I thank you for your professionalism. "

- A happy customer -

"We have had some lovely sounds from this piano since Serge took over the tuning."

- Ralph Pyatt -

Tuning and servicing

Tune your instrument at least once a year

We recommend tuning your piano at least once a year.


Because of its high string tension, a piano deteriorates more quickly when it is not maintained at concert pitch. The tuner will also notice possible repairs or if attention is needed on your instrument

Dampness - dryness - drafts

Dampness - Dryness - Drafts

These are the biggest enemies of your instrument. About 80% of your piano - more than 90% for harpsichords - is made of living wood, which can expand or shrink under changing humidity levels. Therefore to guarantee health and stability for your instrument, you will need to secure the ideal level of humidity, which is between 40% and 60%.

How do I secure the right level of humidity?

How do I secure the right level of humidity

We recommend buying a hygrometer. This will indicate the percentage of humidity in your piano room.
Too damp (65%-100%): install a dehumidifier, a heat pump or a piano damp-chaser system.
Too dry (40%-0%): set your heating system differently (DVS, heat pump, central heating, floor heating, etc).



Leaving your piano damp-chaser heating bar permanently plugged-in. Too much dryness will split the sound board, loosen action parts and cause irreversible damage to your instrument. Setting your instrument too close to a fireplace. This will dry out your piano. Setting your instrument against an outside wall. This will create humidity problems. Setting your instrument in a cellar or a garage. This will create humidity and mould problems.

Serge has relocated to Switzerland.
He recommends you get in touch with Kirsten and Andrew for your piano services.

Wellington Piano Service
04 388 8192
Kirsten 021 171 2592
Andrew 021 0223 8994