for your J. Strauss & Son piano:
A J. Strauss & Son is not only a magnificent
musical instrument, it's also a beautiful piece
of furniture one that needs special care. This
page provides some basic information about how
to ensure that your piano ages gracefully.
Tuning & Tone
All acoustic pianos need regular tuning, but
the stability of a new piano depends on a
combination of factors: its initial factory
tuning and the quality of the tuning pins,
plate, back posts, and ribs.
A standard piano has more than 200 strings,
whose combined tension exerts a pull of over
40,000 pounds. If the strings are not kept at
the tension required by the scale design, the
piano will produce dissonant tones - in other
words, your piano will be out of tune.
Your piano should always be maintained by a
trained piano technician. In fact, during the
first year, a technician should tune your new
piano four times as it adapts to the environment
in your home. In the years that follow, your
piano should be tuned at least twice a year.
in temperature and humidity can cause wood to
swell and contract. This, in turn, changes the
tension on the strings to vary, and ultimately
causes the piano to produce dissonant sounds. If
possible, try to keep the humidity constant.
Your piano will show its appreciation by
requiring less frequent tuning.
Caring For Keys & Keyboard
The keys in J. Strauss & Son pianos are made
of a plastic material, which can be easily
maintained with an occasional cleaning with a
damp cloth. Just be sure to dry the keys
If necessary, you can put a small amount of
mild dish soap on the cloth in order to remove
dirt that will not come away with a damp cloth
alone. Never use solvents or chemicals of any
The finish on your J. Strauss & Son piano is
like that of a fine piece of furniture, and if
cared for properly, it will look like new for
many years to come.
cleaning your piano cabinet, avoid furniture
polishes and oils. These products tend to leave
residue on wood, affecting a cabinet's finish
over time. The best way to provide regular care
for your piano is to lightly dust the finish
with a feather duster (or fine cloth), following
the grain of the wood.
Don't set drinks or flowers on top of the
piano. Liquids that spill into the case can
wreak havoc, causing the strings and other metal
parts to rust and wooden components to stick to
each other. It's good idea to have the interior
of the piano case cleaned professionally every
couple of years.
And above all, play your piano often! Regular
use is one of the best things you can do to keep
it and your piano skills in good shape.