HUMIDITY CONTROL SYSTEMS

Dampp-Chaser
Piano Life Saver System

Chad Mitchell is a Certified Installer and a Retailer of the Dampp-Chaser 'Piano Life Saver System' and provides Service, Parts, and Supplies for these Humidity Control Systems.

Note: We will provide an estimate for your piano's particular system configuration.

PIANO TUNING

STANDARD TUNING

General Inspection of the Piano to assess its overall condition and serviceability; for example, will the piano even hold a tune?

Minor Cleaning and Debris Removal with no major disassembly required.

Note: This is not a Deep Cleaning which usually requires Action and Key removal for a thorough, detailed cleaning. A Deep Cleaning costs extra and could take an extra 3 - 3½ hours.

Consideration : A Deep Cleaning may help reduce wear and tear and is a good way to get a detailed inspection of your piano and assess any hidden repair needs.

Minor Adjustments / Fixes such as minor pedal adjustments, fixing a few sticking keys, tightening of plate bolts/screws, and other quick & easy fixes.

Fine Tune the Piano.

PITCH Raise/Lower

Moderate, Medium, Major, or Extreme Pitch Correction for pianos more than 5 cents (5% of a half-step) out of tune from A440. This requires a significant re-tensioning of all the strings to raise or lower the pitch to the piano's design specification, typically the A440 Standard Pitch or Concert Pitch.

Extra Time & Costs: Because of the extra time and work involved, Pitch Corrections cost a little extra and may take an extra 30 minutes to 2 hours. Costs and Time vary depending on how severe the piano is out of tune.

Warning: Depending on its age and condition, your piano may not be fit for a significant pitch raise up to the modern day pitch standard.

PIANO CLEANING

Moderate Cleaning

General vacuuming, dusting and cleaning without any removal or disassembly of the action or keys.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning of the plate & soundboard, the strings, the action, and the inside of the piano. The action will be removed and the keys may be removed for access and cleaning (vacuumed and dust blown out with an air compressor).

Consideration: A Deep Cleaning may help reduce wear and tear (caused by gritty dust / debris, insects and rodents) on your piano and is a good way to get a detailed inspection of your piano to assess any hidden repair needs.

Note: This service may take around 3 - 3½ hours.

Extra Time & Costs: Any repair items found during the cleaning may cost extra.

Warning: This process will stir up a lot of dust in your home; therefore, access to outdoors with a power outlet is recommended to try to minimize blowing dust into your home.

REGULATION

Note: An estimate will be provided for regulation based on your piano's condition.

REPAIR

Note: An estimate will be provided for other repairs or services not listed here.

PINBLOCK TREATMENT

(CA GLUE)
FOR LOOSE TUNING PINS

When the tuning pins begin to become too loose in the pinblock due to pinblock failure, the piano typically will not hold a tune. This treatment may help as a temporary remedy in lieu of an expensive pinblock replacement.

We use a watery thin Cyanoacrylate (CA) Glue "Super Glue" that wicks into the pinblock surrounding the tuning pins, then we spray an accelerant on the glue to help it cure more quickly.

Consideration: This treatment may extend the life of the piano another 3 to 5 years or more depending on the condition of the pinblock and the overall condition of the rest of the piano.

NO Guarantee: This treatment is not a guaranteed fix, although, it is typically quite successful on pinblocks that aren't severely splitting or separating. If the pinblock is severely splitting or separating, you'll have to either retire the piano or pay to have the pinblock replaced.

Warning: CA Glue fumes are extremely noxious, so adequate ventilation is required for this treatment. If you are sensitive to chemicals or fumes, this treatment may not be for you.