Storing a piano is literally a science, which roots from the way a piano is made. Professional pianists know what parameters are required to store such a sturdy looking but delicate instrument. It is the average user that makes mistakes while making space for a new one and storing the old one. Sometimes those mistakes cause them a heavy toll to pay.
Since I am talking about mistakes, let me answer the question asked so many times by new pianists.
No, piano can’t be stored in a garage.
But wait, there’s another answer as well.
Yes, piano can be stored in a garage, only if you follow certain guidelines.
Let me explain the negative answer first.
Why can’t piano be stored in a garage?
Focus on what I talked about in the very first sentence of this article. Owing to that, the majority of the piano is wood. You know how notorious wood is when it comes to its behavior in moist conditions. It expands and sometimes even turn flaky.
Now, if we look at the humidity conditions in an average garage, it is not controlled like it should be for storing a piano (a bling for the second answer). Higher humidity levels could lead to compromised soundboard and strings (only if they are not nickel plated such as in small grand pianos). Add a broken pin block to these menaces because sometimes even that can occur.
As you can see, humidity conditions could bring havoc to your piano and could lead to a rising cost of repair ranging from $5000 to $8000.
That being said, the changing temperature of a garage could set your piano off-pitch. Although a piano requires tuning on a regular basis, a constant contraction or expansion could bring an irreparable damage to it.
So, why take chances and ruin your dearest instrument by keeping it in your garage? Does it even deserve a place like that?
Yes, you can temporarily store it there. However, keep in mind that often, people tend to keep their pianos for longer periods than initially decided. They simply forget about their piece, especially, when a new piece arrives. All I want to say is that don’t do this.
“What about your second answer, then?”
Oh, I almost forgot to explain the reason for the second answer.
Well, as you might have guessed by now, one of the most important aspects to consider for storing pianos in a garage is controlling the humidity levels in it.
That would be expensive, I know. But I’ve got a simple solution for that. You can wrap around your instrument with insulating materials that could nullify the effects of humidity.
As for the temperature, maintain at least a 70 degrees by any means possible (considering your only option is storing piano in your garage). However, make sure that you increase or decrease the temperature gradually enough. This is to ensure that any sudden expansion or contraction could not take place.
Even after doing that,
- Check your piece regularly,
- Cover it from dust, and
- Clean it on a daily basis.
A piano is like any other instrument. You’d have to take keen care of it even if it is being stored in a garage. But why take such a hassle? There are efficient storage spaces around your city that offer optimal conditions for storing. Why not use them? At least, you won’t have to tend to the repairing expenditure later.