How often should I have my piano tuned?
We recommend having pianos tuned annually to maintain quality.
How long does it take to tune a piano?
That depends on the state of the piano and whether it has been tuned regularly or not. It can take anywhere between 45 minutes to over 3 hours. The average time is 1 hour 20 minutes for an annual tuning.
How much does a piano tuning cost?
From $165 – for pianos which are tuned every 6 to 12 months (1 hour 20 minutes standard tuning work). We enjoy tuning those pianos which have always been regularly tuned and serviced. This doesn’t make the tuning job as tiring as working on neglected pianos.
A tuning job takes some extra time for pianos which have been out of tune for a number of years. The price is to be negotiated after examining the piano.
What does regulation mean?
Regulation involves a series of adjustments to make sure that the thousands of moving parts in a piano are working smoothly and simultaneously. It makes the job of a piano teacher so much easier, when a learner has a well regulated piano to practise on at home.
Do you do piano repairs?
Yes. We do repair work as well as tuning, regulation and restoration.
What is concert pitch?
In order for musical instruments to be played in a group each note must be tuned to a certain pitch. Concert pitch is based on the A above Middle C being at 440 hertz. If your piano will be used to accompany others, it should be tuned to 440. If it is flat this will involve pitch-raising, which means we need to do more than one tuning session.
Is it worth spending my money on restoration?
That depends on the quality of the piano and how important it is to you. Good quality pianos are worth restoring. Lesser quality pianos are worth restoring if they have some special significance for you eg. family heirlooms. Restoration can include re-stringing, French polishing, replacing felts, tuning pins, hammers, etc.
We offer a full restoration of uprights and grand pianos. We do mutual restoration projects in collaboration with other colleagues, including rebuilding old pianolas and refinishing work. My personal preference is to work on restoring old German pianos, as they can have a really good quality and a very special tone, which is not possible to find in some brand new pianos.
How is a piano tuned?
Professional piano tuning is an art as well as a science. Each individual string is adjusted to the correct frequency, which is supposed to generate a certain number of beats when you play different notes together. A piano should produce a beautiful clear sound as the final result of piano tuning. This sounds quite a simple thing, but at the same time requires many years of practice to be able to tune professionally, as it is a subtle and time-consuming process.
It is especially difficult dealing with very old pianos which have been neglected for a number of years, as they generate false beats. This often requires 3 or more hours of work, divided over several sessions, involving stabilizing before fine tuning is able to be done.
Can I make a noise while you are tuning?
You can make a noise, but the job will be done more quickly and easily if the environment is relatively quiet!