Electronic musical instruments require no less care than classical acoustic ones, and perhaps even more capricious in some moments. It would seem that they do not lose their shape from moisture, bugs do not start in them. What’s the deal with digital pianos then? We find out.
It is worth starting to take care of the tool at the stage of its purchase. And the first thing you should pay attention to is the stand. A digital piano weighs much more than many synthesizers, so the classic X-stand needs to be chosen based on the weight it can support. Look at how much your piano weighs, and put on a small margin of at least a kilogram so that you can safely put a tablet or a music textbook on the music stand (stand for music). But the best choice would be a special wooden stand. The instrument is securely fastened to it with the help of bolts and nuts and is protected from falling if your household members accidentally touch it or you go into a rage during emotional play.
Place for tool
So, you have decided on the rack and brought the instrument home. Now you need to decide where all this will stand. When choosing a place, the following nuances should be considered.
Like any other musical instrument, the digital piano does not tolerate high temperatures and bright sunlight. This is due to several reasons at once: the heat from the batteries or the window can damage the plastic of the case, lead to overheating of the electronic components and drying out of the lubricant of the key block mechanism. In addition, the snow-white keys will eventually turn yellow from sunlight and high temperatures.
Since the Digital Piano contains speakers inside, they may experience interference when other high-powered electronic devices, as well as neon lights, are nearby. This is especially true if you play or rehearse in a bar or restaurant.
The red zone is the least successful for the permanent location of the piano. Green on the contrary.
There should be no high humidity in the room, so a bathroom or kitchen, where there is always steam, is not the best choice for installing a tool. You should also be careful with humidifiers, not allowing them to work in close proximity to the piano. But wherever the instrument stands, nothing around it should interfere with its natural ventilation, so that moisture does not accumulate inside the case.
Naturally, the room should not be too dusty. If dust enters the case, it can cause tool failure by soaking into the lubricant and covering the contacts of electronic components.
Based on the above, a good option would be to put the piano along the wall without a window and a heating radiator in your living room. By the way, in combination with certain decor items, this can give your living room the features of a musical salon, like those of English aristocrats.
Digital Piano Casio Celviano AP-710BK
[88 keys, timbres – 26, polyphony – 256, power – 60 (30+30) W, training, 48 kg]
If the instrument is stationary, then at the moments when you are not playing, you should cover it with a special protective cover or a regular cloth. This is necessary so that moisture, dust, pet hair, poplar fluff in June and so on do not get on the piano. If you don’t have a permanent place for the instrument at home, then store it in a closed place and, ideally, in a case.
By the way, to the question of vertical storage. Most digital pianos can be placed vertically, but never store the instrument resting on the keys or in a position where pressure is applied to the key block – they cannot tolerate this. Excessive pressure on the keys can break the hammer action inside the instrument. And if you have pets, make sure they can’t use the piano as a bed or jumping pad for the cabinet.
This model does not have weighted keys and is more of a synthesizer. But the price is much lower than full-fledged pianos.
Whether you are going around the world or going to a nearby garage for a rep, you need to use a special soft insulated case or a hard case to transport the tool. They will save the tool from shock if you accidentally touch the wall or slip, as well as from temperature changes. Cold is just as harmful to the instrument as heat. In addition to the fact that low temperatures themselves can damage electronic components, they can lead to the formation of condensation inside the instrument, and above we have already talked about the dangers of moisture. In the end, it is much more convenient to carry a piano in a wardrobe trunk or a special case than in an armpit or in a random bag.
By the way, once again about the cold. When you arrive at a rehearsal or concert, don’t turn on your digital piano right away. Allow any potential condensation to evaporate and allow the instrument to “breathe” a bit and warm up.
Sooner or later, your tool will get a little dusty. Do not wipe it with a damp cloth! Moisture can enter through the gaps between the keys and buttons and the speaker grille. Use special soft rags for cleaning or a pipidaster whisk (if you are not afraid of this word). Animal hair can also be removed with a sticky roller.
In case of particularly strong dusting, you can use a small vacuum cleaner at low power. Turbo mode should not be used, so as not to shift the lubricant.
If there is dirt on the case or keys that cannot be removed with a simple swipe, use special cleaning products for the care of musical instruments. Non-core wet wipes with chemical impregnation can damage the coating of the instrument. Industrial alcohol, although it does not react with many types of plastic, it is still better not to use it – it can damage the finish of the instrument or accidentally get inside and spoil the key lubricant. Well, it’s better not to bring various solvents such as kerosene or nail polish remover to the tool at all, let alone wipe its surface with them. Especially if you have an ivory-look keycap.
Key gaps are quite large and moisture can get inside
Wash your hands not only before eating, but also before playing the piano. This will keep your instrument’s keys clean longer.
If the keys of your instrument began to behave somehow strangely – they became tighter or lighter, they began to knock louder, shouting over the speakers – most likely, it’s time to renew the key block lubrication. It is better to entrust this operation to the master, since in addition to disassembling the case, it will also be necessary to completely disassemble the mechanism of each key and carefully apply lubricant so that it does not get on the contacts. In addition, having disassembled the tool, the master will clean the contacts and internal elements of the tool from dust, hair and pet hair.
Unlike a car, a piano does not have a fixed period when the instrument needs to be serviced. However, if you notice that something has become wrong with the tool: any button does not work or a key has stopped being pressed – do not delay and try to contact the service as soon as possible.
Let’s recap the main points of caring for a digital piano and give a couple of tips:
Make sure your tool is securely in place.
Do not expose the piano to high temperatures, strong sunlight or high humidity.
Do not use the tool as a hanger (leave this role to the chair).
A shelf for books and a couch for a cat are also not suitable roles for a piano.
Ideally, your instrument should have a permanent place to allow the instrument to “breathe”.
If the piano needs to be cleaned, be careful with the keys.
When transporting, use a special insulated case or hard case. Also, disconnect all wires so as not to accidentally damage the connectors when carrying.
Dust the instrument regularly with a soft cloth and cover the instrument with a protective cover. This will save money by turning to the master less often.
When you are not playing the piano, unplug the power plug from the outlet to insure against damage to the instrument due to power surges.
Do not disassemble the tool yourself without having the appropriate experience – contact the master at the service center.