The Life Span of a Piano: How Long Will Your Piano Last?

Longevity of Yamaha Pianos

Yamaha piano

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Whether you’ve purchased a shiny new digital piano with amazing bells and whistles to compose an experimental electronic symphony, or you’re still in the early stages of exploring Yamaha Piano Stores and Weber Piano Stores to stock up your conservatory, you’d like insight into piano longevity. How long should your instrument last? What can you to do to counteract the aging process — or at least to extract the maximum utility from the instrument over time?

First off, pianos, like people, age. That includes pianos and their wooden, metal, felt and glue materials. The pounding of hammers, changes created by humidity and temperature, and the friction of regular use can grind down your piano and make it sound less beautiful.

Classic acoustic pianos are in some ways like living, breathing organism. Your strings will stretch out, and the actual structure of the piano will shift and reach an equilibrium during the first year of play. Get the piano tuned at least three or four times during the first year and then at regular intervals for the next two to three years.

Over time, strings may get rust, sound boards may crack, tuning pins may become loose, and other features may start to degrade. You can replace components on an ad-hoc basis, much like you can replace the components of a classic but still solid sports car from decades ago.

Treat your piano right, and you can enjoy a lifetime (or more!) of use. Treat it unkindly — ignore its tuning and other maintenance needs — and it may break down far sooner.

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