How often should I have my piano tuned?
- Most piano manufacturers recommend tuning a piano 2 to 4 times per year depending on seasonal variations. An Annual Tuning should be the minimum interval. A440 is the standard pitch.
- The predominant factors influencing tuning & pitch stability are ambient temperature and humidity, which cause shrinking or swelling of wood components resulting in a change in tension and pitch. In Colorado, pianos prefer a stable environment with a humidity Of 25 – 30% RH and a temperature of 68 – 72 F.
How often should my piano be regulated and or voiced?
- If your piano is played frequently, played hard or is used as a teaching/studio piano, I would recommend a regulation service interval of 3 – 5 yrs. If your piano is in good regulation… this may require only touch-up work.
- Regulation involves an extensive 37+ step procedure across the entire piano keyboard including resurfacing the hammers to remove grooves, removing lost motion in piano action parts, readjusting critical action clearances, retuning the piano and finally, voicing hammers for an even, balanced tone quality.
How often should I clean my piano?
- I recommend cleaning the piano action, sound board and interior cabinet at least every 6 months. In dry, dusty climates, (e.g. in Colorado) abrasive dust particles find their way into the piano cabinet and reside within hammer, key, damper and action center felts and bushings. Unless the dust is removed it will ultimately increase friction at pivot points and adversely impact piano performance.
How long does it take to tune a piano?
- It takes anywhere from 2 – 4 hours to tune a piano depending on the condition of the piano and its previous service record. A piano that has been well maintained will usually take from 1.5 – 2 hrs to tune, while one that has not been well maintained may require an extra hour or two to successfully raise pitch and re-establish an A440 pitch, uniform temperament and unison stability.
- My experience after tuning thousands of pianos as well as servicing and maintaining concert instruments, is that it will take approximately 1 – 2 hrs to tune and usually an additional hour to inspect and check regulation, adjust the pedal trap-works, clean and lubricate the action glides, and clean the soundboard, plate, bridges and interior components.
How would you recommend controlling relative humidity (RH) & temperature?
- I would recommend locating your piano on an interior wall away from direct sunlight or UV exposure. I would also recommend setting your home or room humidifier to between 25 – 30% RH. It is very difficult to achieve a higher setting level than 30% RH in our Colorado (dry) climate. Green plants, natural foliage, fabrics and wood interiors help to stabilize humidity levels within rooms.
- For the past 28 years, I have offered an Environmental Measurement and Analysis Service in order to establish temperature/humidity trends and parameters within homes and music rooms/auditoriums. I use a digital Temp/RH% data logger to continuously sample and measure temp/humidity every 15 minutes over a period of 4-8 wks. Once the data has been recorded and stored, I plot and analyze the data to evaluate key environmental parameters and determine whether the local ambient temperature & humidity is conducive for preserving the stability and longevity of a pianos’ tuning.
- These environmental measurement services are usually sought after by churches, discriminating musicians and concert groups.
Why should you entrust me to tune or maintain your piano?
- My 18+ yrs as a concert tuner has provided me with a unique skill set which I consistently apply in tuning and maintaining your instrument. I treat your instrument as though it were being prepared for a concert.
- During my tuning procedures I also check your pianos regulation, touch-weight and tone quality. If minor adjustments adjustments can be made to alleviate sticking key or action repetition problems, I will normally do these without extra cost to you. I also thoroughly clean the pianos’ action, soundboard & interior cabinet. This normally is worth the entire price of the tuning by itself.
- I am proud of my #1 ranking on ANGIE’S LIST for piano tuning & repair work. I work hard to maintain this ranking by providing the highest level of service.
What is Your Standard Service Fee Schedule?
- Precision Tuning, Regulation Check & Piano Cleaning….. $100.00
- Pitch Raise/Lower for pianos > +/-2 Hz from A440… $40.00 (Extra)…$140 Total
- Action Regulation, Voicing, Touch Weight, General Repair Work, Temperature & Humidity Monitoring or Control Installation: $ Prices based upon Inspection of Instrument, Written Evaluation and Estimate.
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