Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?



Asked by: Logan Bone

Why do piano strings last longer than guitar strings?





But in important ways piano strings are unlike guitar strings. Guitar strings are much thinner, get more displacement in playing and are in contact with the natural oils and acids on the player’s fingers. All this limits their working life.

Do longer strings have more tension?

There is a certain amount of elasticity or stretch per unit length of the string. Therefore, a longer string will require more longitudinal stretch to achieve a given tension or pitch, as well as more lateral stretch to deflect the string enough to reach a given pitch.

How much tension is a piano string under?

The tension the piano must maintain.
There is approximately 18 tons of pressure being exerted by the stretched steel piano strings within each piano. In a concert grand this is closer to 30 tons of pressure. Each average piano string is under about 160 pounds of tension. There are 230 strings inside a typical piano.

Do guitar strings have the same tension?

As you may have gathered, string tension will be different for every string in a set. This is because there are different gauges within a set and each string is tuned to a different pitch (though they’ll likely have the same scale length across all the strings).

How long do strings last on a piano?





30 years

Most pianos require new strings every 30 years. Replacing piano strings is necessary, but changing strings can be quite an ordeal, and completing restringing the instrument is a serious challenge.

How long do D’Addario strings last?

They last just as long as any string. Metal wire when under tension fatigues after 1-2 weeks, So no matter what brand you use, You will have to change strings every 1-2 weeks.

Does length of string affect tension?

The lengths of the strings do not affect the tension.

Is higher string tension better?

The main advice is that high string tensions make your shot more consistent and make it easier to hit topspin shots. If you do not like the “boardy” feel of high tension strings, then use a lower tension but remember to restring regularly to minimize the affects of undesirable string motion.



What string tension Do pros use?

around 40-65lbs

Typical tensions range from around 40-65lbs, but most players’ tensions fall well within that range of extremes! Generally speaking, professional stringers tend to advise players to string their rackets as low as possible whilst still being able to maintain control of the ball.

How much tension should be on a guitar string?

Each string can nominally support around 40% tension, beyond which point it will break. The string is fixed at two ends: at the bridge and the nut. When it vibrates, the string forms an ellipsis whose max width is half its length, the point that corresponds to the 12th fret on stringed instruments.



How much tension is on each guitar string?

It makes it easier to see the correlations that exist. As is seen in Figure 5, the average tension for each string is essentially between 60 and 80 Newtons.

Why does a shorter string produce a higher pitch?

When the length of a string is changed, it will vibrate with a different frequency. Shorter strings have higher frequency and therefore higher pitch.

Can a piano last 100 years?

Hand-crafted pianos last substantially longer, often exceeding 50 years. Over time, the piano will need regular tuning, regulation, rebuilding, and other maintenance. A well-maintained piano can last in excess of 100 years. A piano is in it’s best shape when it’s brand new.

Can you snap a piano string?

Yes, piano strings can break. Defects, wear and tear, and playing the piano too aggressively can all contribute to broken strings.



Do pianos improve with age?

Pianos do not get better with age. The action has a zillion moving parts that wear out, the hammers wear out, the dampers wear out and don’t work right. The pin blocks get loose and/or crack, the sound boards crack, lose their crown and compress. The strings get old, corroded and dead sounding.

Is 50 too old to learn piano?

Learning piano has no age limit. In fact, activities like learning piano can stimulate the brain, increasing the ability to recall information. There are physical benefits to learning piano as well. By practicing fine motor skills in your fingers, piano students are keeping the muscles in their hands flexible.

Should I buy a 100 year old piano?

The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to sound even better than when they were new.

Is a 20 year old piano still good?

10-20 years: Depending on use and environment, sometimes pianos feel brand new while at other times, they might feel subtly broken in. At 30 years: the difference between the new, tight and succinct feel of a piano can change depending on use. With light use, pianos will feel like the 20-year version.



What is a 100 year old piano worth?

Antique pianos are pianos that’re at least a hundred years old, and, like antique books, they’re not worth a lot of money just because of their age. In actuality, these old instruments may be worth very little at all, depending on their brand and condition.