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Piano Covers

Having the proper cover for your piano is an important step in protecting the value of your investment. Every instrumentalist has a cover or case to protect their instrument from damage, however, many pianos are neglected when it comes to a cover. Not properly covering a piano leads to the deterioration of the pianos finish and musical value.

There are three basic purposes of a cover:

  • To protect the piano
  • To aid in humidity control and tuning stability
  • To prevent dust from covering the fragile parts inside the pianos action.

The biggest benefit of a piano cover is that it helps moderate the humidity changes inside the piano. This gives the piano better tuning stability and tonal quality. Having the proper covers give your piano the all-a-round protection it needs to maintain its musical and monetary value for the duration of its life.

Different kinds of Piano Covers:

  • Full Piano Cover (Short or Long)
  • String cover
  • Undercover

A Full Piano Cover is designed to protect the entire piano from unwanted scratches, dust, foreign objects, and drafts which cause the humidity to change. Most covers only protect the rim of the piano, allowing air movement underneath the instrument. In public institutions and concert halls a full length cover is desired which gives the piano complete protection all the way to the floor.  Full length covers offer the most protection and eliminate the need for an undercover.

A String Cover is designed to protect the plate, strings, soundboard, hammers, damper, action felts and leathers from dust, foreign objects, and drafts which cause the humidity to change. A string cover is needed when the full cover is removed and the piano is open. The advantage of a string cover is that you can still enjoy the beauty of an open piano while protecting the most important parts of the piano from dust and drafts. In addition, having a string cover adds to the tuning stability off the piano by preventing the humidity in the air from settling on the strings. This minimizes the affect of humidity and temperature changes on the strings.

An Undercover is typically used in conjunction with a Dampp-Chaser humidity control system. Like the string cover, an undercover is designed to prevent the air drafts moving underneath the piano from causing tuning instability. It also helps to conceal the Dampp-Chaser humidity control system that sits underneath the soundboard.

Barnes Piano Services can help you decide which covers you need to give your piano the protection it needs. Check out our great prices on piano covers at

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