Institutional Keyboard Maintenance: A guide for the Institution.
Ben Taylor, Heirloom Pianos
Making a plan: INSTRUMENT CLASSIFICATION
It is important to formulate an action plan for institutional maintenance.
The first step is to categorise the institutions instruments. This allows for appropriate distribution of funding to an array of Pianos that have varied applications.
THE QUALITY/SURVEY REPORT:
Condition Score: This allows for a transparent assessment of the condition of instruments that can be referred to by the Teachers to determine and plan for ongoing maintenance/ Instrument replacement.
INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE BUDGET PLANNING:
Once the aforementioned report is compiled a suggested budget based on the condition of the instruments and their application can be drafted.
Ideal suggested piano tuning service intervals,
Concert Venue applications: Ideally before every concert/event/examination
High Use applications: Twice a year tuning & servicing
Low use applications: Annual tuning
There may be additional suggestions based on the condition of Instruments and repairs that may be needed.
Often there is a difference between ideal maintenance schedule and the budget allowance that is available.
An objective classification of instrument use and condition under these circumstances is vital as it allows for the best application of institutional finance in situations where tuning and servicing are restricted by budget.