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Hetty Chidwick learns what Roger Daltrey and Katherine Jenkins couldn’t live without, the key to Steinway pianos and what’s been happening in the world of luxury
‘Go for the best you can afford and don’t opt for a deal price—with pianos, you get what you pay for. Don’t buy from the internet; always go into a shop and play.
A piano’s greatest enemy is change and fluctuations in heating, so try to keep your home’s temperature consistent.
Tuning depends on how much the piano is used and how old it is. When new, it needs to be tuned more often. Similarly, if the climate it’s kept in changes, it should be tuned. If it’s hammered daily, it should also be regularly tuned— three times a year for a decent player at home, monthly for a professional’