"Sea breezes are bad for pianos"
Steinway & Sons Piano - Credit: Alton
Keeping a piano near the sea requires extra care
to be taken to keep the instrument in fine working order. The high level of salt in the air can easily cause the strings to rust, which will naturally affect the pitch of the notes; if untreated, the damage can be permanent. An Edwards cover
, placed over the strings, can provide considerable protection, although the actual proximity to the coast, and the strength and direction of the wind, must still be taken into account. A cover for the outside of the piano is also often advised, and the lid should be kept shut when the instrument is not in use. Further problems can be caused by small salt granules on the player’s feet eroding the surface of the pedals. Upon moving to a new home near the sea, pianists should check the condition of existing fixtures and fittings around the house, as this will give some indication of the level of salt in the air.