Piano Servicing includes tuning your piano regularly, along with making minor adjustments to or restoring your piano's key performance, tone quality, making repairs, or establishing proper humidity for your instrument.
Regular tuning is very important to pianists of all levels. If an owner goes years without tuning, the pitch (the overall pitch frequency) dips lower and lower every year. While some many detect this, other pianists (especially young children) cannot. This means, if you play on an untuned piano, you will develop a false sense of pitch. Other important factors are:
To keep stable pressure on the soundboard
To develop and continue correct ear training (if beginners learn on an un-tuned piano, this will be engraved in their muscle memory and allow them to develop a false sense of pitch, meaning their piano will sound correct to their ears and other instruments, properly tuned, will sound incorrect).
To keep the pitch as close to A440 as possible, which is where pianos are designed & built to stay
To sustain the resale value
To allow your technician to oversee the piano's overall health
What is a piano tuner vs. piano technician?
Piano tuning is the art of making changes and corrections to the pitch in order to correctly tune each of the 230 strings to sound as intended. A piano tuner can handle this but is limited to just tuning.
A piano technician is a skilled piano tuner who can also take on repairs, tone adjustments, action performance enhancements & corrections, finish repairs, and more.
Is there a "Best time of year to tune"?
NO. Clients tell me, 'I hear I should tune my piano once when the heat kicks on and once when the heat shuts off.' To clarify, there is really NO best time of year to tune. What is best is that you tune every 3 to 6 months & keep a proper and stable humidity level around the piano. This will prolong the tuning and keep your piano preserved.
Higher temperatures can hold more moisture and lower temperatures can hold less moisture before reaching saturation point. This means that the relative humidity, at any given temperature, will increase or decrease due to a change in the actual temperature. To achieve consistent humidity, installing a Piano Life Saver System inside your piano will help dramatically, along with the use of an external humidifier, in dry seasons, and an air conditioner or dehumidifer, in the damp seasons.
Purchasing a digital hygrometer, like this one, with a +/- variance of accuracy between 2 to 5% will help you know what the actual humidity level is in the room.
How can I keep my piano in tune longer?
Install a Piano Life Saver System. Pianos prefer consistent relative humidity levels hovering around 42% daily. This keeps the soundboard (the wooden amplifier the strings are tightly suspended over) from expansion & contraction. Excessive movement = an unstable tuning. Room placement is also important.
Where should I place my piano?
Inside walls are preferred. Pianos should also be away from windows, heating/cooling vents or radiators, open doors, & direct sunlight. If this is not possible in your home, installing a Piano Life Saver System is a must.
We are moving. Is my piano safe to move?
Tuning and inspecting your piano before you move is VERY important to ensure it's fit and worth the move. Tuningafter the move allows the pitch to get back on track after it's shifted from the move. Give your piano one week to settle in before tuning to allow it to adjust and acclimate.
Where can I buy a good piano?
Quality used pianos can be bought through piano technicians or piano dealers. I sell pre-owned reconditioned or restored pianos. New pianos, of course, are sold from piano dealers. Stay away from used pianos listed online, free or not, unless you've had it correctly inspected. I've had clients spend hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on pianos only to learn there are serious problems now that it's in their possession.
How do I safely clean my piano?
Piano approved cleaners should only be used. Many modern cleaners use silicone that can damage your piano. Specific cleaning methods also need to match the finish used on your piano. You can get a basic idea for how I simply clean on my care page or have me clean it for you, as part of the tuning service.
Aside from tuning, does my piano need anything else?
Tuning is very important to ensuring your piano actually stays tuned to A440. Other items your piano will occasionally enjoy are regulation (adjustments made to the inner "action" to correct it's performance & tone) and voicing (adjustments specifically to the tone quality). Polishing & regular cleaning is also just as important to help sustain the value of the piano and keep it working correctly.
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