Piano Railing

This photo is from the Facebook Page of Alexis Boza. I love the creativity of the people who created this railing.


Dry skin in winter


Many of us deal with ultra dry skin during the winter with its low humidity inside. I have found a couple of solutions that work better than other things I have tried.

Gloves in a bottle is a lotion that dries into an impervious film that keeps the moisture in your skin. It is available at many drug stores and online. The image below has a link to the website for the company.




For those cracks in your fingers that hurt, I suggest Transpore Tape. It is available in drugstores and just a small piece of this tape will cover up the crack and not interfere with work or piano playing.

Humidity over time

Humidity over time

This graph shows the temperature (red line) and humidity (yellow line) for a period of over a year. This was taken in the sanctuary of North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Notice the overall sine wave up and down from winter to summer. Also notice the huge peaks that happen within a few days when the weather changes dramatically outside. All this is happening while the temperature stays very constant.

Are my piano keys made of ivory?

For the most part telling if your keys are ivory or plastic is simple. These below are ivory. Notice how there is a seam between the wide part of the key and the narrow part that goes between the sharps. This two piece design was done to keep from wasting precious ivory.


These below are plastic. They are one piece. The newest molded keytops have the front of the key molded into the same piece as the top. Plastics have come a long way and almost all new pianos have plastic keytops.


Exception to the rule. These below are from a Hamburg Steinway which is expensive enough to have one piece ivory keytops. Notice the grain in the keytop, which is not usually present in plastic keytops. There are some plastics which have a fake grain but it is usually very straight and regular.


Chances are if your piano is older than the 1930s, it had ivory keytops, after that are plastic or celluloid. They keytop are just a thin wafer on top of a wooden key, so they can be replaced.