Research shows that playing piano or another musical instrument has health benefits and improves mental function. For people who plan to play piano for recreational and practicing purposes, there are several questions they ask. What kind of piano should they buy? Don’t pianos need tuning? What about a digital piano? What are the technical requirements should you consider when buying a piano?
One of the aspects that you would consider is maintenance cost. The only cost associated with pianos that you can think of is with tuning. Other than that, it’s a matter of how much electricity your piano uses if it is a digital kind.
With acoustic pianos, you need to tune often. It costs about $100 one time and it is usually recommended to tune twice a year, which is about $200 a year. What about the digital piano?
Does a digital piano need tuning?
A simple answer is “No.” Since a digital piano is a precision electronic equipment, it does not require any tuning. The sounds from high-quality acoustic pianos are digitized and stored inside the digital piano, which are amplified and projected through speakers. The digital piano is electronics, much like computers.
While acoustic pianos need to be tuned at least once a year or better yet twice a year, the digital piano is a relatively low-maintenance instrument thanks to its nature of being a digital instrument. As long as you keep it clean, avoid direct sunlight, high humidity, spillage, your piano is good to go for many years.
If you feel that something does not sound right, it is always wise to contact the manufacturer of your piano to seek support.
You can check “How Does a Digital Piano Work?” to see why it does not require tuning.
The tuning process
For a reference, here is some information regarding tuning of an acoustic piano. Tuning a piano is a simple mechanical process, but a challenging task. This is why professional tuners perfect their skills by pursuing a career in piano tuning. There are three piano tuning tools used: the lever, electronic chromatic tuner, and mutes.
The lever, usually a hammer, key or a wrench is the most basic, essential tool. Usually, it has a tip size of #2 and has a star shaped socket. It has a hard handle and fits the pin to keep control and subtle motions. The level should be of high quality to ensure effective tuning.
Electronic chromatic tuner
The electronic chromatic tuner gives the reference for the middle octave notes. It identifies the nearest tone, plays the middle octave tones, and its display automatically changes without pressing the buttons.
The mutes are very cheap, approximately only $1-2. They are rubber wedges and come in different sizes. Some often come with a handle.