Pianos: The Bare Essentials

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There is a vast difference in the touch, sound and pedaling between electronic and acoustic pianos.
It is highly recommended that students of classical music have access to an acoustic piano. Keep
in mind it is possible to rent pianos; please check reputable stores in your area for more information.

Piano Maintenance
Tune pianos at least twice each year. Humidity should remain as constant as possible. 42% relative
humidity is considered ideal. Placement of piano: ideally, on an interior wall and not in direct sunlight.
For more information, including a list of piano technicians in your area, please consult the
Piano Technician's Guild

Adjustable Piano Benches
Adjustable benches are great for children and will 'grow' with your child. Please note that the artist bench does not adjust high enough to accomodate small children. I recommend #C02 for young children.
They are available from CPS Imports:
Telephone: 480-329-5530
Fax: 480-632-7425

Guidelines for Buying a Piano

The following book is best described as the 'Consumer's Report for Piano Purchasing'.

The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano
Larry Fine, Foreword by Keith Jarrett

An Annual Supplement to The Piano Book is also available in electronic format.

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