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Can I Store a Digital Piano Vertically?

Can I Store a Digital Piano Vertically?

Are you puzzled about how to store your digital piano? Thankfully this piece of writing is a panacea for you as it answers common questions. ‘What is a digital piano?’ one may ask. A digital piano is an advanced electronic keyboard musical instrument that functions to produce melodious sound when played. 

To be answered in this article are the following questions; can you store a digital piano vertically? How to keep a digital piano? Can you hold a keyboard on its side? And what are the effects of humidity on a digital piano?

Can I store a digital piano vertically?

Not advisable! It is advisable not to do that even in transportation from point A to point B. Instead of storing it vertically, there are other tips on keeping a digital piano in a safer and user-friendly way. Firstly, hold or transport your digital piano horizontally as this gives it a reasonably gravitational balance.

 Secondly, keep an eye on your piano sitting flat with its keypads rightly in a playing position. If keys are not left facing up, some users have observed potential damage to critical weights as they struggle with PC88mx and later discovered a common problem.

Can you store a keyboard on its side?

You can not store a keyboard on its side not because it can’t happen; instead, the risk associated is way greater than simply just avoiding a hazard. The piano is laid well on the right side/horizontally, averting potential hazardous situations. Therefore, the odds of storing a keyboard on its side are unnecessary as it adds nothing to it except that of diminishing the longevity of the piano where it falls and gets damaged.

Effects of humidity on the piano

Humidity is the amount of water that vapour in the atmosphere. Like other damaging external factors such as fire, sunlight, and dust, humidity does no good to a digital piano. If exposed to sunlight after being soaked around by humidity, what follows is the contraction and expansion of the piano’s exterior. 

More precisely, when the piano gets heated by fluctuating temperatures of domestic heating and cooling systems, the exterior begins to shrink and crack. Other observable places that can split or separate are the joints, sandboard and laminated parts. Hence according to this article, if humidity finds its way to engulf the keyboards and keys, the digital piano may fail to sound appropriate due to a dirty actuator.

Humidity can cause malfunctioning of your piano, especially when it gets inside the most vital parts like the soundboard; the soundboard is an essential part of a piano made up of a fragile piece of wood. Besides acting as your piano’s speaker, the soundboard is a way for the strings which connect to the bridge. If moisture affects the soundboard, its crown expands, causing sound distortions like higher pitches in the middle octaves.

To avoid all this malfunctioning. Do not place your piano in areas of high-temperature fluctuations or high humidity fluctuations. Please keep it away from direct sunlight and areas with high humidity changes, such as doors, windows, radiators, and stoves. Make use of a hygrometer and a thermometer to measure changes in humidity.

What to store a digital piano in

Owning a digital piano not only looks royal but instead also comes to a storage responsibility. Keeping your digital piano in the dining or sitting room can be a good idea but not appropriate in the context of conducive safe storage to prevent harm. If left uncovered, digital pianos could be affected by dust, water, humidity and human trespassing. Buying a coverage or mending a cover for yourself is incredibly commendable if you purchase the piano without the manufacturer’s sealed surfaces.

It is imperative and essential that the piano is situated away from the entrance sections where people can easily bump into it. 

The instrument needs to be put away from harm, be it your relatives or probably kids running around as they may get injured. Depending on how you value your piano, it is by no means expected that the piano is not kept outside or in a garage. It is such an essential gadget that requires decent coverage such as suitable housing, impermeable or not porous places and is situated away from the window.

Another factor why the piano needs a cover is to protect it from bad weather. For instance, direct sunlight affects electronics which can get damaged if exposed. Moreover, pianos are prone to dust and smoke if not covered, especially if placed by fire. Therefore, you need to protect the piano from lousy weather, i.e. fluctuation in temperatures and humidity may trigger contractions and expansions of its exterior surface.

Using a piano cover

It would help if you covered up your digital piano with either a simple cloth as it is appropriate to do so. The main essence of having a cover is to protect your musical instrument in a state of hygiene. Most pianos have a wooden lid that protects the actual inbuilt device. Like any other electronic gadget, a digital piano is more prone to dust than ordinary pianos. 

The piano’s most sensitive components, including electronics and sensors, need to be kept away from the ravaging effects of sunlight, humidity, dust, and temperatures. Please note that putting a cover on your piano is not a substitute for not cleaning it regularly. 

Other external factors trigger the need to clean your device and play an oversight role when not playing it, such as dust coming from an air conditioner, activities of small pets like a cat, among others. In cases where you are a holder of an unfamiliar model, it’s advisable to take measurements of your digital piano such that you have a customised version of your cover that rhymes with your instrument.

The nature of cloth that you should use as a cover can be a canvas drill with fleece lining. You will find them thin and versatile to use, and you pretty much don’t need to remove them entirely to play your digital piano.

So you see, a piano cover is one of the essential protective clothing for your piano; get the correct type of cloth with the right size that can cover your piano perfectly.  Dust and other small particles will get trapped on the fabric keeping your piano safe always.

Rob is a musician and audiophile at heart. He plays 5 instruments. Besides music, Rob enjoys a good whiskey and the outdoors.
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