Humidity Control For Your Piano—The Piano Lifesaver System®.

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What is the Piano Life Saver® System?

The Piano Life Saver® by Dampp Chaser is a piano humidity control system. It keeps your piano in tune and prevents damage from climate and environmental effects, giving you professional performance level tonal quality and keyboard control.

When environment humidity levels are low, the Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver® system humidifies your piano and can help tremendously with the following issues that typically occur in when humidity levels are low:

  • Loose or noisy piano keys when you play your piano.
  • Cracks in the piano soundboard
  • Pinblock Damage

Similarly, when humidity levels are high, the Piano Life Saver® system humidifies your piano and can help with the following issues that typically occur when humidity levels are high:

  • Sticking keys
  • Sluggish action
  • Rusting of strings and tuning pins
  • Piano soundboard damage
  • Pinblock damage

Rocking Tuning Pins in a Piano Pinblock cause tuning stability problems

When humidity levels are high, the soundboard and bridges swell which increases the tension on the piano’s strings. The direction of the red arrow shows the direction the tuning pins are “pulled” when this occurs. When humidity levels are low, the swelling reduces, the tension on the strings lessens, and the tuning pins pull back in the direction of the green arrow. This “rocking pin” affect can, over time, cause serious issues with the pinblock and the tuning stability of the piano. The grey arrows show the normally tight fit of tuning pins in the pinblock. Over time, when they are “rocked,” the fit becomes more loose and tuning stability problems can occur.

Rusty tuning pins ans strings caused by high humidity levelsRusty strings and tuning pins can be another serious problem with pianos subjected to continued humid conditions, or even seasonal humidity. Over time, moisture in the air during periods of high humidity can condensate on the pins and strings causing rust. Rust on strings can negatively impact the tone of your piano. And, it is particularly troublesome on and around the tuning pin where the strings coil. Rust in this area almost always results in some string breakage during piano tuning

Why Every Valued Piano Needs a Dampp Chaser System

The most important part of good piano maintenance is keeping the humidity as constant as possible.

Because tuning instability and physical deterioration are the obvious results of continued humidity extremes, the installation of a Piano Life Saver® System is the best way to ensure the piano is protected from the devastating effects of humidity changes.

  • The Piano Life Saver® consists of one or more Dehumidifier rods to lower humidity, one or more Humidifiers to add humidity, and a Humidistat which senses whether the wooden parts of the piano are too moist or too dry.
  • Through a cycling action, the Humidistat is calibrated to create a separate environment within the piano, producing a range of humidity which, in turn, provides a stable moisture content in the wooden parts. This constant cycling action stabilizes pitch and protects the piano from deterioration.
  • Used in conjunction with the System to combat extreme air movement in the room, a Dampp Chaser Grand Undercover ® or Dampp Chaser Vertical Backside Cover® may be mounted on the piano to further stabilize the pitch. In particular, Covers are recommended for use with the System when the piano is located in a church, institutional or commercial building.

Benefits to Your Piano

Installed out-of-sight inside the piano, the Dampp Chaser System combats both dry conditions and highly humid conditions, keeping the humidity level in the piano consistent continuously.

Piano Life Saver System®…

  • Stabilizes pitch and permits tunings to hold much better and longer (the tuning will not go sharp or flat when the weather or room humidity changes)
  • Minimizes the expansion and contraction of action parts which provides optimum touch and predictable keyboard control
  • Prevents rust on the strings and metal parts
  • Minimizes felt deterioration, reducing the harsh tones that come from flattened hammer felt in low humidity or the muffled tones from swollen hammer felt in high humidity
  • Minimizes glue failure throughout the piano
  • Protects your piano’s investment value year after year

How the Piano Life Saver® System Works

How Dampp Chaser WorksThe Piano Life Saver® System is made up of basic components which work together to control the humidity levels within your piano, maintaining the recommended relative humidity, no matter what the external conditions are.

Through a cycling action, the Humidistat is calibrated to create a separate environment within the piano, producing a narrow range of average humidity. When the Humidistat, located less than an inch from the soundboard, senses that the wood is dry, it turns the Humidifier on. Then, when the Humidifier has provided enough moisture to the soundboard, the Humidistat turns off the Humidifier and turns on the Dehumidifier. The Dehumidifier carries away moisture from the soundboard on air currents until the Humidistat senses that the soundboard is dry. The System again switches to the humidifying function. The cycle continues day after day, year after year, protecting your piano from external conditions.

Major Piano Manufacturer Recommendations

The installation of a Dampp Chaser Humidity Control System can, in our opinion, provide a degree of climate control for the piano which may not otherwise be attainable.

Steinway & Sons


Dampp Chaser humidity control systems are the best and most carefully designed systems we have seen.


Baldwin recommends the Dampp Chaser system as a valuable means to help insure the longevity and stability of our pianos.


The best way to preserve the value of fine grands and uprights is to automatically regulate the humidity right within the instrument .. with a System from Dampp Chaser Corporation.

Nikolaus Schimmel, Schimmel Pianos

How To Get A Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver® System

Dampp Chaser Certified InstallerCall Us at (682) 222-1092. We are certified installers of the Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver® System. The first step is for us to come out and evaluate your piano for the proper Life Saver® system. Once we have determined your piano’s specific needs, a second visit will be scheduled to install your system. Installation takes about two (2) hours.

Once complete, we will give you a complete introduction to the system, how to use it, as well as maintain it.

About three weeks after installation, we will schedule a tuning for your piano. The 3-week tuning is necessary due to the equilibrium achieved in the piano’s environment with the Piano Life Saver® system.

Standard pricing is as follows:

  • For typical grand pianos, systems are only $699 plus applicable sales tax.
  • For typical upright pianos, systems are only $699 plus applicable sales tax.

Money Back GuaranteeAlso, these systems come standard with a 5-year Manufacturer’s Warranty.

In addition, we are so confident that you and your piano will benefit from the Dampp Chaser Life Saver® system, we install all systems with a 12-month Money Back Guarantee!

Please do not hesitate to call us at (682) 222-1092 or contact us with any questions you may have.