WHAT IS TUNING?

Piano Tuning is the act of increasing or decreasing over 225 strings' tension, under enormous pressure, to align them to sound pleasing & correct when a single or multiple keys are depressed.  Most 20th & 21st century pianos are designed to be tuned to A440hz (a musical pitch), meaning the "A" above "Middle C" vibrates 440 times per-second when properly tuned.

*Recommended Tuning Cycle

  • 4 times in the very first year

  • 3 to 6 months thereafter

DOES MY PIANO NEED CLEANING?

You should have your piano professionally cleaned once a year.  The exterior cabinetry, keytops, interior cabinetry, & action assembly (the parts which help create sound) should be vacuumed and cleaned with piano-safe solutions.


What are the 5 parts of piano servicing?

The 5 parts of Piano Servicing are:

  1. tuning

  2. voicing - the tone quality a piano produces

  3. regulation - how well a piano plays

  4. humidity - consistent room or internal humidity prolongs the life & tuning of pianos

  5. repairs - older parts like strings, finish or wood repairs, keytop replacements, and a great amount more are available


How can I keep MY PIANO TUNED LONGER?

Piano Life Saver Systems are excellent at keeping the soundboard area at 42RH%.  The soundboard's movement (the wooden amplifier the strings are tightly suspended over) is controlled when humidity levels are stable.  This means a more stable tuning. 

Keep your piano away from:

  • open windows & doors

  • heating or cooling vents

  • a fireplace

WHY TUNE REGULARLY?

LONGEVITY.  PROPER PITCH.  SUSTAINED VALUE.   

A tuned piano is enjoyable to play.  Regular tuning keeps the pitch hovering around A440 (the frequency pianos are built to sound at).  Some pianists may be able to detect this while others cannot.  As children, we are trained to focus our listening on what we've heard.  If the piano a child is playing on is not tuned to the correct frequency, he or she will develop a false sense of pitch.  This will keep them from learning & playing music correctly.


IS THERE A "BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TUNE"?

You'll hear varying answers but the real answer is actually NO. Clients tell me, 'Someone told me I should tune when my heat kicks on in the winter and again when it's shut off in the spring.

While there's some truth to this, it all comes down to relative humidity.  If you can control the room humidity or internal piano humidity, then there really isn't a 'best' time to tune.


HOW DO I MEASURE THE HUMIDITY?

A quality digital hygrometer, like this one, with a +/- variance of accuracy between 2% to 5% can be purchased for around $20.  These will tell you what the room humidity is.


WHAT IS A PIANO TUNER VS. PIANO TECHNICIAN?

A Piano Tuner can make changes to a piano's pitch.  A Piano Technician is a highly skilled piano tuner who also knows how to make proper repairs and adjustments to the tone and action performance.


WE ARE MOVING.  IS MY PIANO SAFE TO MOVE?

Always inspect your piano before moving, selling, or buying one.  Problems can lurk internally that may have otherwise saved you money paying to move it had they been identified beforehand.


WHERE CAN I BUY A GOOD PIANO?

Quality pre-owned pianos can be bought through piano technicians or piano dealerships.  I sell pre-owned reconditioned or restored pianos.  New pianos, of course, are sold from piano dealers.  It's NEVER a good idea to take in a free piano unless you know the ins and outs of it, or you have had it professionally inspected.  I always see listings online for the "just needs tuning" or "well cared for" piano.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


HOW DO I SAFELY CLEAN MY PIANO?

Knowing where and how to clean are why I'm also skilled at.  A basic cleaning will run you only $99.  A more involved polishing of all exposed parts can be found on your town's pricing page.