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Tomorrow it will be August. Hard to believe that several schools will be starting before the end of the month. That means right now is the perfect time to get your piano tuned and ready for the school year. Pianos in schools and in private homes will start getting dusted off (Wait, you DID practice all summer, didn't you?) and it will be much more enjoyable playing if they sound good. 

It is also important to maintain steady temps and humidity where you keep your piano. A humidity level around 45-50% is ideal but not all of us can keep that year round, especially in Minnesota where we have some of the most extreme changes in seasons of anywhere in the country! We have high humidity and hot temps in the summer, dry and sub zero in the winter. Not good for an expensive piano. One simple solution is to buy a humidity monitor and use either a humidifier or dehumidifier depending on the season. Here is the one that I carry in my tool bag to get a reading when I am tuning.

http://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-613-Indoor-Humidity-Monitor/dp/B0013BKDO8

It's inexpensive (around $10) and has an easy to read display with humidity being the larger of the numbers (the other being temperature of course). Another option is to have your technician install a Dampp Chasser which will keep the relative humidity just where it needs to be year round for your piano. If you want pricing on this let me know and I can show you how it works.

Whatever you do, just don't let your piano get in the condition of the one in this last picture!


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