How often should I have my piano tuned?
At the very least, once a year. This will prevent it going too flat and requiring additional expense in restoring it to standard pitch.
How often your piano needs tuning is as much determined by the weather as with the frequency with which it is played. If the piano is used for teaching or is played for more than an hour a day, then it needs tuning at least every three to six months. I recommend that a domestic piano is tuned twice a year.
If a piano is moved, even if between rooms of the same house, it may require tuning. Due to the way pianos are made and the tension exerted by the strings on the structure of the instrument even moving the piano around the room can result in a few de-tuned notes.
Why should I have my piano tuned?
More than simply improving the tone of your piano, a piano that is flat or out of tune will cause difficulties early on in the education of a young musician.
What other services does a piano technician offer?
As a formally trained technician I offer regulation, voicing, and repair services in addition to tuning.
What is regulation?
Regulation refers to maintenance of a piano which will improve its feel and playability.
What is voicing?
Voicing is the art of improving a piano's tone through the manipulation of the wool felt covering a piano's hammers. If your piano sounds dull and lifeless or perhaps too bright and sharp then a skilled technician can even out your piano's tone.
What areas do you cover?
Sydney CBD, North Shore, Northern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs, Western Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands.
I also schedule trips to country and regional areas several times a year. Please get in touch if you would like your piano tuned.
Why use a trained technician?
A trained technician has received a formal education in all aspects of piano technology, having been taught to tune by ear to a high standard. Additionally, trained technicians will have received instruction in voicing, regulation and piano repairs. You can find out more about my approach to piano technology as a trained technician here.
The keys of my piano are sticking, can you help?
Yes, sticky keys are something I can help fix.
Where can I find out more about looking after my piano?
You can find out more about looking after your piano here at my blog. I update it regularly with tips and ideas to help you keep your piano in top form between tunings and services.