When Should I
If there are many strings that have broken or seem to have a tendency to break during play or during the piano tuning process, it may be time to replace all the strings on your piano
If any of your piano strings are broken, individual string replacement is an option
String Quality & Tone
Piano strings are made of tempered high-carbon steel, also known as "Spring Steel," and over time, could have high degradation due to many factors, including their environment. Often times the temperature and humidity will affect the strength of the metal and over a period of time, the strings may become frail. In some cases, we've seen pianos that are only 20 to 30 years old and the strings start to break. In other cases, we've seen pianos that are over 100 years old and the strings seem to be strong and they still sound decent and even sometimes still sound very good. Over all the years pianos have been manufactured, and with so many different makers of pianos, it's hard to know which piano will have a good set of strings on it or not. A few ways to check string quality would be to play on the piano while listening to the tone and another way would be to have the piano tuned.
"How do I know if it's time to change the strings on my piano and do you guys do that kind of work?"
In the video, I reference a question from one of our customers. Beverly in Cameron Park, California asks: "How do I know if it's time to change the strings on my piano and do you guys do that kind of work?" You'll also see in the video that the week I filmed this, we were completing re-stringing a Decker Upright Piano as well as a Steinway Upright Piano that we had just refinished.
I explain in the video that while we do re-string pianos here at AAA Piano, we often want to first look at the reason for possibly re-stringing the piano to make sure we accomplish your goals.
The first thing you'll want to do is have your piano technician tune your piano to make sure that the piano is tune-able. If either the pin-block on the piano under the cast-iron plate is damaged or the strings break during the tuning, we will know it's time to start looking into options. The re-stringing process is always an option, but could be a pricy option. If the piano has sentimental value, re-stringing would be a great option. However, if you could take or leave that particular piano, other options available would be to have the piano disposed of and/or purchase another piano. We offer both of those services here at AAA Piano.
It could be that you are not a fan of the tone of the strings of your piano and that could be a reason to change the strings on your piano. Often times, the bass strings get dust in the copper windings and the strings start to sound "dead." One technique we often start with is twisting the bass strings. This will tighten up the copper windings and allow for the string to have a different sound, often more "alive" & bright. If that still doesn't get the result you're looking for, the next step would be to replace the bass strings. And, often times at that point, most people decide to replace all of the strings.
Have your piano technician tune your piano
Talk through tone and string quality
You and your technician should be able to come to a solid conclusion as to what action to take to get the tone your looking for. Please don't hesitate to give us a call directly with any questions and/or to schedule one of us to come out to check out the tone of your piano.