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Center City Philadelphia
1718 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
1135 N. Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
1391 W. Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
2223 MacArthur Road
Whitehall, PA 18052
1572 Wilmington Pike
West Chester, PA 19382
1409 Route 70 East
Barclay Farms Shopping Center
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
2540 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why do people say that "Music Makes You Smarter?"
A ten-year study tracking more than 25,000 students shows that music-making improves academic test scores. Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students got higher marks in standardized tests than those who had no music involvement.
2) How do I select a piano?
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3) What is a Stencil Piano?
Manufacturers of questionable quality pianos acquire the names of respected American pianos that are long out of business, like Knabe, Pramberger, Story & Clark, Falcone, Hardman Peck, and other venerable names and put only the "labels" on their pianos to induce naïve purchasers into purchasing their products from dealers who are unable to acquire instruments of foremost merit. Most of these pianos today are made in Asia and they bear no relationship to the musical performance, workmanship and stability that were representative of the "stenciled" names that are on the pianos.
Similar, and equally misleading, is the practice by which a piano dealer that is unable to acquire quality products of proven respectability puts its own name on a piano and then represents that they are either the manufacturer or designer of the instrument, when neither is the truth, in order to mislead prospective purchasers into erroneously believing that they are buying an instrument that is a superior product to the piano they have actually selected for their home or institution.
THE HIGHEST QUALITY AND MOST RESPECTED PIANO MANUFACTURERS NEVER ALLOW A DEALER TO PUT ITS OWN DEALER NAME ON A FINE QUALITY INSTRUMENT.
4) How do you authentically restore a Steinway piano?
If your Steinway piano is in need of restoration services, the only way to ensure that 100% genuine Steinway parts and methodology are being used is to use the Steinway & Sons Restoration Center at the Steinway & Sons Factory. Some parts, such as the proprietary Steinway soundboard, are simply not available to other piano restoration companies or individuals and only available at the Steinway factory. In other cases, Steinway parts may be available, but restoration companies will replace them with cheaper parts - often claiming that they are somehow superior to the genuine Steinway parts.
5) Should my child learn piano on a portable keyboard?
Portable keyboards do not provide your child with the ability to develop proper touch, tone and musical expression.
Music Educators agree that learning on a portable keyboard is counterproductive.
6) How often should I have my piano tuned?
Piano manufacturers recommend that new pianos should be tuned a minimum of three to four times the first year and a minimum of two times a year thereafter.
7) Why does a piano go out of tune?
Your piano's overall pitch is dependent upon changes in the relative humidity. In some temperate regions of the country, the relative humidity increases in the summer resulting in a higher moisture content in the soundboard and a higher string tension (pitch). In the winter, when heating systems dry the air, the soundboard loses moisture and contracts, causing the pitch to drop. The drop in the winter tends to exceed the rise in the summer, so the net result is a drop in pitch each year that the piano isn't serviced. Additionally, this change does not occur evenly across the notes.
8) How many keys does a piano have?
88 is the standard number of keys for a piano. In an effort to reduce costs, some piano manufacturers have made pianos with fewer keys. Low cost portable keyboards will often have fewer than 88 keys.