Why does my piano need tuning? A piano needs tuning to sound and play at its best. It’s especially important if you want to play with other instruments, recordings or use YouTube tutorials. If your piano’s out of tune it will sound really bad. Every time you play your piano, you’re training your musical memory or “your ear” (just like muscle memory at the gym). If you want to develop a “good ear”, you want to be training it correctly on a piano that’s in tune.
What’s involved with tuning a piano? Piano tuning is a series of precise adjustments that balances the tensions of the piano. It requires specialised tools and training.
How long will it take? A piano tuning usually takes an hour, but allow some extra time if it’s been a long time since it’s been tuned or serviced.
What can go wrong? Older pianos can be prone to string breakage because the piano wire becomes brittle with age. As a piano technician, I always discuss this with the customer before we begin a tuning.
Sometimes with older pianos, the tuning pins may not hold well. There’s no definite age where this happens. Each piano’s different.
What’s the difference between a piano tuner and a piano technician? A piano tuner is only trained in tuning, a piano technician may also be a tuner, but she/he knows your piano inside-out and can do repair work and regulation as well as tuning.
How often should I tune my piano? Once a year is good, but your usage patterns, environmental and design factors also effect how often your piano needs tuning.
Can you do a tuning on the weekend or after hours? Yes, sometimes. Give me a call or shoot me an email and we can organise a time that works.