Congratulations on getting a piano / keyboard in your house. It is sure to provide years of value and pleasure for the everyone there! But are you now wondering where to put it? Well, read on then.
Finding a proper place to put the keyboard
When you buy a piano or a keyboard, the 1st order of the day is to take proper care of it. It does not matter if your keyboard is an expensive one on a relatively inexpensive one. If it is expensive, it is a precious and valued commodity. If it is inexpensive, I’m sure the reason you chose the model was to save money in the 1st place. Having something go wrong with your keyboard due to lack of proper care and maintenance can only result in loss of money.
The 1st thing that you should do to ensure proper care and maintenance of the keyboard is to find a proper place to put it. This place does not have to be the permanent place but it should meet all of the following criteria.
No direct sunlight.
Overexposure to sunlight through a window and can damage any kind of a keyboard over time. It can dry out and warp the wood of an acoustic piano. It can affect the sound and the overall appearance. In case of a digital keyboard, it can also damage the outer mold of the keyboard as well as cause problems in the internal circuitry. If your keyboard has an LCD screen, exposure to direct sunlight can damage it in just a few hours.
Do not expose your keyboard to extremes of weather such as hot and cold. If you live in a place that gets really hot in the summer and very cold winter, try to put your keyboard in a room that is climate controlled for most part. Try to place the keyboard closer to an interior wall rather than an exterior.
Another important climate conditions that’s affects both an acoustic piano and a digital keyboard is humidity. Lack of humidity, or excess humidity can affect the wood of your piano causing it to change shape and even twisting. This is not only cosmetically unpleasing but can also damage to sound.
Humidity is also a culprit in shorting out the circuitry of a digital keyboard more often than not. If you live in a place that is close to the sea, you should ensure that excessive humidity does not erode, corrode or otherwise build up moisture inside your bitstream keyboard. I have seen entire keyboards get fried just by sitting in one place. I
n fact, one of the things you can do to ensure that the keyboard is not damaged by humidity in the air is to play it regularly every day. Having it just sit there were cause excessive moisture to build up over time and one they just shot out your circuits inside the keyboard. Strongly consider the use of a humidifier or humidifier if you live in a particularly dry all the excitement or wet climate.
As far as digital keyboards are concerned, good ventilation helps keep the instrument cool when you are playing it. In case of acoustic pianos, good ventilation reduces the buildup of excess moisture. The moisture can affect the exterior wood of the piano and cause it to twist and change shape.
Internally also there are several parts that should not have constant exposure to moisture. Good ventilation will help prevent this. As we have already mentioned, moisture buildup is the critical issue with digital keyboard as well. It can cause the internal circuits to short-circuit. This can be an expensive fault to repair. However, you should also not put your keyboard directly under an air conditioning unit or a heating duct. Just make sure that the area is well ventilated.
Keep The Keyboard Where It Will Be Safe
Keep your piano or the digital keyboard in place where it can be stable. Don’t keep it in a place where it may accidentally get knocked off its stand or people you bump into it on coming and going through the area.
Put your piano or your keyboard in an area where you can practice comfortably without feeling cramped. Give yourself enough space to get up easily and be able to stretch during your practice sessions.
Convenience and Accessibility
Keep your keyboard in a location which is easily accessible for practice. When the mood for practicing on your piano strikes you, you should not feel restricted or lazy in just getting to it. It should be close at hand and in a place that allows you to focus when you are practicing playing the piano.
Another thing that you might want to take care of is to ensure that there are enough electrical outlets available. Running long extension cords is inconvenient, looks bad and can sometimes be more of a hazard in causing short-circuit. That said, it is advisable to plug in your digital keyboard not directly into the plug socket but use power strip with Spike protection or a constant voltage supply.
Well Lighted Area
Try and practice in a well lighted area. It makes it easier to see the black and white keys and reading music from the sheets is also much more possible. You can set the lamp on or near your keyboard.
Privacy of the location
While you need to have the piano in a place that allows you to focus and practice in relative privacy, you also need the location of the piano to be such so as not to disturb your neighbors. For example, the room right above your downstairs neighbor’s bedroom may not be a very good location to put your piano.
Keep things in mind such as what time you are likely to practice. If you need to practice late at night and have an acoustic piano without the facility to plug in your own headphones, choose the room well away from the sleeping quarters of the rest of the family so that you do not disturb them or your neighbors.