Some of you may have noticed your pianos misbehaving due to the dramatic weather changes we have experienced recently. Over the past few weeks Mother Nature has flicked between warm Autumn sunshine and cold, muggy showers around most of the states and around the country. These changes have a direct effect on your piano!
As most pianos are comprised of natural materials that absorb moisture (such as timber, felt, cloth), they are very susceptible to changes in humidity. As the relative humidity increases, the soundboard swells as it absorbs the moisture in the air. This pushes against the strings, increasing the tension, which inevitably forces the piano to go ‘sharp’ in the middle register. Sometimes the humidity will affect the bushing cloth, which can cause some keys to ‘stick’.
When the weather changes back to dryer conditions, the pitch will return to where it was, but not note-perfectly. Some notes may lag in pitch, and some notes may continue to stick.
All-in-all, the stability of your pianos tuning and proper working order is directly affected by the weather! Having said that, all of these things are easily fixed by one of our expert technicians – so if you find yourself in need of our services, we are only a phone call away…