Grand Piano soundboard cracks!

This photo was taken underneath a new "name brand" grand piano that was only 1-month old when the 1-layer "solid-spruce" soundboard cracks were discovered by the owner in their home in Phoenix, Arizona. A solid soundboard is commonly used in piano soundboard construction. However, if this type of soundboard is not made properly, is exposed to dry climates for long periods of time, or not cured properly, it can and will receive cracks which in many cases are difficult and costly to repair. Whether or not a piano will respond negatively to soundboard cracks is not as much an issue as simply having the cracks which can and will lower the resale and investment value of that piano. If it were me and I was buying a fairly new or brand new piano, I would avoid any cracks or pianos that could potentially have cracks in the soundboard.There are ways to do this. Contact us for more info at


  1. does "seasoning" woods for destinations really make much of a difference in durability and reliability of the piano?

  2. there are different qualities of wood with different consistencies, water content, wood grains, thicknesses, and angles of cuts. Everything contributes to durability but it is generally difficult meaure, especially if subjected to extreme climates over time. A room's dryness or humidity levels are key factors in long term reliability, tuning stability, and consistency, but other factors can add to that. Best thing to do is for people take care of their piano and get a good brand with a proven reputation.