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Piano Humidifer/Dehumidifer Systems
In addition to being a composer, Warren Park is a professional piano tuner/technician in business since the early 1970s. Warren does tuning, repairs and reconditioning work for any acoustic piano. He works at people's homes, as well as schools, churches, performance places, community centers, theaters and everywhere else there is a piano in need.
For a reasonable fee, he is available for piano evaluations for any type of piano. He can create for you a list of suggested/recommended repairs and reconditioning work for any piano you own, or are considering buying. Also, he will help you to locate a used piano for sale that fits your criteria and price range.
Warren installs the most up-to-date equipment made by the Dampp Chaser company to provide steady humidity in and around your piano. Consistant humidity helps the piano's tuning stability and function. Too much humidity makes the action sluggish and promotes rust on the strings and tuning pins. Too little humidity causes the tuning pins to slip, the action parts the loosen, rattle and play poorly, and can make the soundboard more in danger of cracking and splitting.
The Dampp Chaser system includes three main parts: 1) a humidifier bucket with a heating rod with cloths drapped over it for evaporation; 2) a long, dehumidifying rod that puts out very mild dry heat to chase away moisture without collecting water; 3) a humidistat control: this is a black box that can sense what 45% is and turn on the component that is needed to bring the humidity to the right level. The system needs to be plugged in 24 hours-a-day year-round to provide continuous protection. The system draws very little power and has no moving parts.
The Dampp Chaser set-up includes a small panel with three lights to tell you what's happening with the humidifier. The green light tells you the whole system is getting power. The amber light, when flashing, tells you that the water level in the bucket is low, and you need to add some water. The red light indicates that the cloth pads draped on the heating rod on the water bucket are too dry to function, and the whole system has shut down to avoid damaging the piano. This red light comes on (system stopped) usually because the water bucket is bone dry (never let this happen, no matter what time of year it is), but sometimes the pads themselves have become too crusty and clogged with minerals from the water to work. If the red light comes on, call Warren to replace the pads (very inexpensive).
Getting water into the humidifier water bucket is simple. You will never have to open up the piano (uprights) or crawl under it (grands) to fill the bucket. A watering tube is attached in a convenient spot that you can easily reach. The included watering can (much like a flower watering can) has a special nozzle on it that fits the watering tube perfectly so pouring water into the bucket can be done without spilling. The watering can has a line on the side that tells you how much water to put into the bucket. Also included is a small bottle of humidifier treatment fluid that you add a little of each time you refill the bucket.