Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Playing a piano after a move


Hi Ralph!

We just moved an early 1900's piano to our house from about 5 miles away. It was a rough move and I was advised by professional piano movers to not play it for up to three months to allow it to settle. It is a Sherman Clay & Co Upright. We would love to play it and are wondering if allowing time before playing it is truth or fiction. Thank you for your advice!


Hi Kimberly:

Wow...and all that from a piano mover.

Well...that of course is nonsense. I think they heard information and didn't hear it properly.

What they meant to say was, "wait to have it serviced for a couple of weeks".

Go...play your piano.

Here is some accurate advice: go to http://www.ptg.org

In the upper right hand corner you will see a place to locate a technician.

You can put in your zip code and a list of registered technician listed by mileage will pop up.

Find one you like and have them come out to tune.

If it's a nice piano, you will want to protect it with a climate control system. They are cheap and a great way to extend the life of the tuning and the piano in general. The technician can help you with that decision.

Go to: http://www.pianolifesaver.com for your edification.

Ah...piano movers...gotta love 'em!  

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice


In business since 1964, Extensive Rebuilding/Repair/Service facility. A certified, tested, member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Member of the Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. Have performed piano service on Concert Stage, Recording Studios, and in the home. Http://www.onestipiano.com. The shop's work comes from all over the world from private clients or other techncians.

The Piano Technicians Guild, Master Piano Technicians of America, Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. (TASA), IAPBT. The Piano Technicians Guild is the only organization in the US that offers a certification test to become Registered. There are no "factory authorized techncians".

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Attented Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia Community college all in the areas of engineering and Music. I taught a two semester course in Piano Technology and the related acoustical physics at Temple University. I have taught extensively for the Piano Technicians Guild and the Master Piano Technicians of America.

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Service Award for the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania. Chapter Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.

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