Dust is a problem for all pianos, but especially for grands since the strings, soundboard, and pinblock all sit in a flat, horizontal position. While there are tools that can be purchased that are made specifically for cleaning under the strings, and I can do this as a service for my customers, the best solution is to simply never let the dust settle there in the first place!
So, what's the solution?
A grand piano string cover! Custom-made of very high quality, thick, 100% wool felt, these covers keep the dust out of your piano while allowing you to leave the lid up. They are hand-made and custom fit to your piano. Why wool? Because it breathes, and also because it wicks humidity away from the strings and soundboard. My customers who have these love them! And the soundboard, harp and strings stay pristinely clean! Integral battens are sewn into the cover which keep it from sagging and touching the strings. A first-class product to compliment your grand piano and to protect your investment!
A string cover will help keep your piano looking like this (below, left) . . .
and prevent it from ever looking like this (below, right).
You may ask, so what's the big deal about a little dust, I can clean it off someday and it'll be as good as new, right? Well, not exacly! As dust accumulates on the surface of the soundboard and harp, it eventually forms a grimy film on the surface that is difficult to remove. Eventually, the dusty grime becomes so stuck to the surface that the only way to really thoroughly clean it is when the 300 lb harp is removed for re-stringing or soundboard repair. Use a string cover, and it will never get dusty, grimy or dirty! The strings will stay shiny longer and the harp will retain it's rich golden lustre.
Colors to choose from
I recommend and sell only Dawson String Covers, handmade in the USA using very high quality, thick, dense wool. String covers are available in 8 colors: burgundy, dark brown, black, white, medium blue, royal blue, medium brown, and tan. (see samples below).
All our covers are custom made to fit your specific piano, and feature serged edges.
Dawson String Covers doesn't mass-produce covers. Instead, when I place an order based on the color and stitching you have selected for your piano, they custom make a cover specifically for you and your piano. From scratch. Because your special piano deserves special treatment, and your investment deserves protection.
You may select from two styles of stitching (feather stitch and greek stitch).
Available thread colors are gold, red, blue, black, and white (see below).
Left: Feather Stitch in different thread colors.
Right: Greek stitch in different thread colors.
These custom-made covers are hand-made here in the US with only the highest quality 100% wool. Prices start at $339. Compared to the cost of a thorough cleaning every year and periodic polishing of the strings, it pays for itself very quickly!
The price of your cover will depend on the size of your grand piano. Shipping is free.
To order your string cover now, call us at (573) 765-9903 or email us and provide us with the brand of your piano and it's size. If you know the model, that helps too.
Piano string covers are a great way to keep dust, pet hair, etc, out of your grand piano!