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Frequently Asked Questions about Piano Tuning
My piano has not been tuned in YEARS... Can you tune it?
- This is the probably the most commonly asked question. The answer is yes.
However, if a piano has sat unplayed and untuned for many many years and is horribly out of tune, sometimes a second tuning may be required. This is because the first tuning is what is known as a "pitch raise" if your piano has dropped a half step or more. For example, the note C has dropped in pitch to where it sounds like B or B flat instead. Multiply this across the entire keyboard and when the tuning process is done, a tremendous amount of tension has been newly re-applied to the soundboard after the many years since it was last tuned. Because of this, the pitch will have a natural tendency to drop again.
Fortunately, most of this actually happens while the piano is being tuned- and I have acquired techniques that can correct for this which leave the piano in a more stable state, but still in some severe cases a second tuning may be required to fully stabilize the piano at the correct pitch.
My goal is always to leave you with a properly tuned piano that will hold tune the first time I tune it but sometimes this is not possible especially if a piano has been neglected for an extended period of time.
In the case of many antique pianos, 50-100 years old, the piano will be tuned to the pitch it is at because of the risk of breaking strings. If your piano is in extremely poor condition, meaning that the tuning pins are too loose to hold tune at all, I will inform you of this issue before fully proceeding with the tuning.
Video below shows an 80 year old -sorely neglected- baby grand I tuned a while back.
Because of its age, it could never be perfect, but I think you'll agree, it was much improved!
Here's an over 100 year old Strich & Zeidler parlor grand I recently sold.
The young man who bought it has only been playing about a year on a 61 key keyboard!
How often do I need to tune my piano?
What causes a piano to go out of tune?
- In general, if your piano is in well maintained condition, twice a year will suffice. However, the more and the harder a piano is played, the more frequently it will need to be tuned.
Do you move pianos? How about repairs and restringing?
- The most common causes of pianos going out of tune, aside from simply the passage of time or if the piano has been moved recently, are how hard and how often the piano is played and to a greater extent, the amount of changes of humidity and temperature to which the piano is subjected.
Pianos have a cast iron plate that carries the tension of the strings across the soundboard, but the sounding board itself is made out of thin wood- usually only about a 1/4 inch thick. Since wood has a tendency to swell when it is humid and to shrink when the air is dry, this causes the piano's tuning to fluctuate and the sound to change on rainy days and dry days. Not to mention the many other wooden parts of a piano, the bridges, pinblock, etc. all which affect the sound.
These fluctuations can cause the piano to go flat and sometimes the piano can actually go sharp as well. The more stable the temperature and humidity is in your house, the longer your piano will stay in tune. I can install an electonic humidifier/dehumidifier device in your piano that will help control these changes in humidity and make your tunings last longer.
What is your training and experience with tuning pianos?
- Yes, my assistants and I move spinets, consoles and studio uprights, first floor to first floor with reasonably easy access (few steps at both locations required) for $175.00 in the Louisville area. Further distances and more difficult moves require an additional charge. Baby grand moving fees start at $225.00.
We do not move the big antique uprights, and we do not carry pianos out of basements or up to second and third floors.
The repair work that we do is on vertical pianos only and includes fixing sticky and sluggish keys, replacement of jack springs, bridle straps, repairing broken hammers and other minor to medium general repairs.
My experience with pianos of all types goes back to my old shop keeping days when I had my furniture store on Baxter Avenue for 10 years in the 1990s. It was in those days that I discovered and developed my great fascination and love of pianos.
Before closing that store in 1999, I bought and sold over 200 used and antique pianos. I also had a piano teacher on staff with many students who came to the store for lessons and I had even expanded my piano sales by carrying three lines of new pianos, including the superb quality Schulze Pollmann acoustic pianos, Viscount digital pianos and General Music's "RealPiano Pro" digital pianos, both of which at the time were among the most sophisticated digital pianos on the market.
As a tuner, I am self taught and I started by tuning my own pianos a few years ago, and I have tuned hundreds of pianos all around Louisville and the surrounding areas since my start in 2011. Back in the old store days I had a tuner that did the work for me and I did learn a lot from him, but the more and more pianos I have tuned on my own, I have further and further "trained" my ear and honed my listening skills and have developed my own methods that allow me to tune pianos with professional skill and clarity. My method is actually a combination of digital technology and that "old school" listening for the beats and harmonic partials that really make for a well tuned piano.
Piano tuning can be very hard work, but I really enjoy it and it has even helped my own playing because of the enhanced connection to the instrument itself that one acquires during the tuning process. Guitarists have to tune their guitars every time they play, but pianists seldom ever have that experience! My specialty is of course vintage pianos, but I can and have tuned a very wide variety of pianos old and new of all types and sizes.
Having been around so many pianos, having them tuned- and now tuning them myself, and having learned about their mechanisms and actions, plus having spent the past several years with a very serious commitment to advancing my own playing and even in the past couple of years teaching lessons to others, I have learned a tremendous amount about pianos because of these diverse and unique experiences thoughout my adult life.
My price for tuning is highly competitve and I am fully committed to providing you with excellent results for any type of piano that you may have. You can see the pianos I tune and sometimes videos of the work that I do and the comments that people have left for me on my Facebook Page for Pianos.
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