The optimal location

The optimal location

The location of your instrument not only decides how it sounds in the space, such as your living or music room, but ultimately how often it needs to be tuned and how long the it survives. We can help you find the best location.

Please seek advice from our professionals or your piano tuner when choosing the best location for your instrument. Wall and floor materials as well as the furnishing of your apartment/house with cloths, other textiles and carpets affects the acoustics. The instrument’s sound development also depends on the situation of resonance in the space. One should, for example, position a grand piano so the sound can directly radiate into space. Our own specialists and our retail partners worldwide can visit you and advise from the outset about the appropriate size and location for your musical instrument.

Of course, you can also call on our piano technicians and our retail partners for a local voicing that adjusts your instrument to your home environment. Voicing should only be carried out by a designated expert. More in the chapter about voicing.
In selecting the new location for your piano, you should also think about the necessary mobility for the piano tuner. One-half meter to the right of the piano should be free for a technician’s movement.

The climactically most suitable location for your instrument

Your instrument is largely produced of natural, "organic" materials. These were treated by us to ensure maximum durability. However, your instrument will respond to changes in temperature and humidity. Continual changes in climate make more frequent service necessary and can in extreme cases permanently damage your instrument. Your musical partner is a little like a prima donna when it comes to choosing the location. Please do not install your upright or grand piano near any heat or cold sources. Sunlight or strong light emitters bleach wood surfaces and heat your instrument. Poorly insulated exterior walls pass on temperature, humidity and climate fluctuations. Continuous air circulation - such as air-conditioning or drafts - can dry out the wood and cause cracks. Sound-boards can tear, felt and axes of the action can absorb moisture, the tuning stability of the strings and tuning pins suffer under climate and temperature variations. Also directly acting heat sources (heaters, radiators or underfloor heating) can damage the instrument. With underfloor heating, please ensure the best possible insulation under the instrument and in its vicinity. Good instruments from the factory are indeed suitable for underfloor heating, but you should always ask the expert how to protect your piano best.