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What are the direct consequences of exposing an acoustic piano to environment hazard?

From what I gathered, the following should be done to keep the piano in good condition: No direct exposure to sun light, moon light, heat source nor air conditioner. An average temperature of 20°C, ...
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What are the dangers of extreme temperature for an acoustic piano?

I am planning to buy an upright acoustic piano in the future. But before I do, there are some points I need to clarify. I initially did not want to buy an acoustic piano, because I was afraid of all ...
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Guitar strings feel electrified

When my electric guitar is connected to the amp it's fine but when I connect it to my mult fx Zoom g1on and then to the amp, the strings and the bridge feel electrified. Like there's friction when I ...
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How long--does it take for humidity to affect acoustic guitar?

We know that high or low levels of humidity affect acoustic guitar, but how long does it actually take before a guitar starts to get affected by humidity? Furthermore, what do you think are the ...
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How does temperature affect acoustic guitar?

We understand that an acoustic guitar must be kept in around 40%-60% humidity levels. As lower humidity levels cause the guitar wood to dry out and shrink, which can lead to cracks in the guitar. Also,...
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Chromatic harmonica slider becomes less smooth after playing for about 30min

I have a Suzuki Chromatix SCX64 16-hole chromatic harmonica. Recently I find that the slider becomes less smooth (or even gets stuck somehow) after I play for about 30 minutes. I tried disassembling ...
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Fret Wear on 2016 PRS CE24

When changing my strings and cleaning the fretboard and frets a couple of days ago, I recognized that my frets seem to be really flat already. I have attached some images. The guitar is round about ...
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Which way do I put the violin blanket?

I was wondering which way do I put the violin blanket in a violin case because there are two sides, one that is soft and one that is hard(ish) made out of plastic (or whatever material it is). I want ...
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What range of violin bow hair tension is generally accepted?

I am trying to learn violin using online resources only. After about 80 hours of practice I destroyed a bow eyelet. My guess is that I applied too much tension on bow hair and/or bow quality was low. ...
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Why is there fret buzz on an acoustic after not playing it for a year?

I gave my brother’s girlfriend an acoustic guitar and stand over a year ago. I was over at their place the other day and I thought I would play the guitar. Of course it was out of tune, but I was ...
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Does dust hurt acoustic guitar?

I usually play guitar regularly, and I always put it on its stand but sometimes due to college work I can't play for a few weeks in between. And what happens is a layer of dust accumulates on my ...
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Electric guitar intonation flat above 12th fret, no luck with usual methods

My Floyd Rose equipped electric guitar has mostly spot-on intonation across the fretboard minus the high e string above the 12th fret, where it is pretty consistently flat (1-2 red LEDs from the ...
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Cleaning porous rosewood fretboard

I have a Fender Stratocaster with a rosewood fretboard. The wood is fairly porous, and over time I have had something like dirt, dust, or possibly wax build up in the pores of the wood grain. The ...
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Questions on Guitar Maintenance & New Gear

I am a beginner guitar player, I started playing 9 months ago. I got a second-hand strat copy (the headstock reads Thunder) as my first instrument. I also bought an ultra cheap ($30) amp which does ...
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Saxophone alto: are the levers under G# key on any use except comfort?

I am wondering what is the utility of the two small levers under the G# key of an alto saxophone (hightlighted in picture, pressed by the little finger of the left hand). It does not seem to have any ...
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Sticky Key on Piano Keyboard

I have had a keyboard for a while and it has not given me any problems. However, recently, the middle C# on my Yamaha P-155 is sticky. It stays down until I lift it up. When I play the note again, it ...
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Why do people in tutorials destroy/cut their old strings when restringing?

I'd like do try out different gauges on an electric and an acoustic guitar, but if I don't like them I would like to put the old strings back on. Is that even possible or are they ruined after ...
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Grand Piano Cracked Soft Pedal, Possible Missing Parts for Soft and Sustain Pedals

I have a 1912 Symphonic baby grand piano and I noticed two problems. This question is a two-parter: I noticed at the top of the beam for the soft pedal, the wooden piece is cracked (link to image: ...
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Are classic electronic instruments doomed to exist only virtually?

I saw a Farfisa combo organ at a guitar store two months ago and was blasted by its low price. I plugged it into an amp and was in great awe, up until I heard the first note. It was like meeting your ...
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My G String wears out all the time

I use Elixir HD light on my Yamaha SLG200S. I notice my G string is usually the first to develop kinks / gets frayed. Of course, when I change, I change the whole set. Is there a setup issue with ...
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How to prepare an old child guitar?

Our daughter got an old child guitar (80 cm / 31") as a present from her grandparents. It's horrible to play, so I have to try making it as good as possible. Somethings to note: The neck is really ...
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Alto sax screw fell out

I have a Jupiter alto saxophone, and in the middle of practicing I suddenly heard something fall into the bell. It turned out to be a small screw. I scoured the sax trying to find an empty hole but ...
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Does a Dirty Piano on the Inside Affect Action and Sound?

I have researched this question with no results. All I find are tutorials on cleaning pianos, but nothing about the effect dirt and dust have on a piano. I have a Symphonic baby grand piano made in ...
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Using Capo to Unstring and Restring the same Strings (Acoustic Guitar)

Disclaimer: This is not a question. More of a Share-Knowledge / Technique-Discussion. Leave a Comment should this turn out to not belong in MusSE. I had an idea today. Please validate if this is ...
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(Solved) Intonation Problem (Only with High E and B Strings) in Acoustic Guitar

My Acoustic Guitar's Intonation is right in place for the bottom 4 strings, But the Top two are off. Octave is 50 Cents flat in B-string and 1 semi-tone flat in E-string. - I thought it was the ...
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Finding more information on an unknown upright piano

I recently chatted with a friend about their family's very out-of-tune upright piano and jokingly said that I could take the retuning into my own hands and that I would just need the right tuning ...
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Do Pianos become untunable when they have not been tuned for long enough?

I've been hearing a hearsay all the time that if you didn't tune a piano for a long enough period, and it goes out of tune too much, it couldn't be tuned any more at all. When I asked why, I was told ...
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Banjo maintenance

I have a 17 inch 4 string tenor banjo. It is about a 80 year old Beacon (28058 model). It has an animal skin membrane. How do I know how tight the membrane should be?
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White dirt in jatoba fretboard

My brand new JemJR has weird white dust inside wood. I already tried to clean it using some paper and water. It looked perfect right after cleaning it, but it returned once the fretboard was dry. ...
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Will tuning old Bongos break the drum heads?

I have a set of old LP Aspire Bongos that I got from my father. They are probably 15 years old or so, and it's unlikely that they have ever been tuned, definitely not for last 12 years. I'd like to ...
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What are the best weather conditions and/or season to tune a piano?

Under what weather conditions should one tune a piano if one is only going to tune it once a year? I'm thinking about both humidity and temperature. Is it best to tune when the humidity is typical (...
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Is it better to choose 440 Hz or 432 Hz to tune an acoustic piano?

My acoustic upright piano is 110 years old, made in 1910. Last time I had it tuned, the tuner used a 440 Hz tuning fork and tuned it by ear, but he broke my B♭7 string. If a piano is not used in ...
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Malmart handchimes

Am new to handchimes and I seem to have two chimes that seem to stick at times How or what do I need to do to adjust them so they play without sticking?
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Woodwind instrument key bumper material choice

Some wind instruments' keys feature bumpers at the bottom to protect material from scraping against material (and for a few other reasons). The ones on my saxophone are made from something resembling ...
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Is my eletric guitar in danger due low/no humidity applied?

I bought a very expensive (for me) Dean from Hell signature which is limited to 150 pieced worldwide (in fact its the #121 of 150 of these: https://reverb.com/au/item/1390256-dean-usa-dime-from-hell-...
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Help me pick the perfect string!

I busted my strings while trying to tune by ear. This is my guitar. As for the type of music I am looking to learn, I'd say it would be rock and blues. I also love Tommy Emmanuels which is to say ...
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Are intonation issues in a cheap acoustic guitar fixable?

so I am a beginner guitarist, and I have one quite good guitar, and a cheap one. I`ve tuned it to standard tuning, and when I play the 5th fret on the E string on the cheap one, it goes like 1/4 of a ...
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Washing a soft (flute) case and removing mould

I am not sure if this question is a valid question as far as the Help Centre rules go. I have recently purchased a used flute (Trevor James Cantabile) which comes with a hard case and a soft case. ...
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Output jack came loose on electric guitar, how to reattach/refasten?

I apologize if this is a dumb question, but I do not know a lot about guitar maintenance. I have a 7-string electric guitar (Jackson JS22-7). Ever since I bought it I noticed when plugging it in that ...
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Is it safe to use water to clean (rosewood, ebony, maple) fretboards?

It's common to see in message boards, forums, and news groups that using water to clean a fretboard can cause problems, or is otherwise advised against. It's not normally explained why, or if it only ...
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Are hard tension strings (around 85 lbs total tension) generally safe for classical guitars without truss rod?

I know some classical guitars absolutely definitely can't handle extra-hard tension strings because they can cause the bridge to break or the neck to bend, so only guitars specifically designed for ...
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Is Violin Outfit safe in a Airplane Cargo

I want to ship a violin from UK to Bangladesh via airplane as a cargo . Is it harmful for violin?
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Should I be concerned about wires showing at the side of one of my pickups?

My new guitar arrived today. It's a Squier Classic Vibe 70s HSS. I noticed some wires are showing at the side of one of the pickups. Is this something I should be concerned about? Not sure I want to ...
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Could the organ I’m selling be a fire hazard?

I have an '80s electronic organ and have agreed to sell it come the end of this week. I dropped something inside it this morning and tried to take it out and noted that the organ is incredibly dusty ...
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Using brushes as low-volume drumsticks

I'm playing a pretty simple drum part over some light rock and pop music in an small theater, for a piece in which the vocalists play an extremely prominent role and need to be heard very clearly; I'm ...
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What's the difference between bronze-wound and silver-wound bass strings?

The most common materials to wound bass strings are bronze and silver. Most string makers offer options with either. Seems that bronze strings last shorter or can go bad easier, so there must be a ...
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Regularly applying oil to a guitar's fingerboard: how necessary is it?

Reading this question about how to apply lemon oil to a guitar's fingerboard got me thinking, how necessary is this practice? Checking around forums, seems that some people argue that it makes no ...
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Adjusting a double (side by side) truss rod?

There is a lot of advice and plenty of tutorials on the web for adjusting single truss rods. I can't find a lot about adjusting double (side by side) truss rods (not to be confused with a double or ...
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Do all guitars eventually require a neck reset?

String tension contributes to creep in the wood of a guitar neck over time. I have heard that a neck reset is an eventual necessity for acoustic guitars even if they are meticulously cared for. Is it ...
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Protection of violins when moving to a new climate

I am about to move from a hot, dry climate (Johannesburg) to a very humid, cool climate (Overberg, South Africa). Is there anything I can do to protect my violins from the impact of the climate change?...

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