TUNING

Regular Tune

        A piano needs a regular tune when some or all the strings are off pitch. It is generally recommended that a piano be tuned at least once every year. You can often tell that a piano is out of tune by listening for beats when you play a single key, or when you play two notes an octave apart in the piano's midrange. It should be a pure or almost pure sound. The more you play, the more frequently the piano will need to be tuned. Because of the high tension on the strings in a piano it will still go out of tune even if it is not used. One of the largest factors that causes a piano to go out of tune is changes in temperature and humidity. When the humidity goes up the piano will actually raise in pitch. If the piano is tuned once a year it is best to have it tuned at the same time each year because seasonal changes do affect the tune.

        The process of tuning a piano is similar to the tuning of any stringed instrument. When you tune a stringed instrument, the pitch is changed by turning the tuning pin, to tighten or loosen the string. Because the tension on each piano string is so great, a tuning hammer is required to increase the mechanical advantage and make the tuning process less strenuous. Altogether, there are between 210 and 240 strings on a standard piano. Request a Tune


Pitch Raise

        A piano needs a pitch raise when it is significantly out of tune. A piano may need a pitch raise if it has not been tuned in several years, has been moved several times, or has been exposed to significant changes in temperature and/or humidity. This process involves tuning the piano two or more times during one visit. Usually the piano will have to be tuned again soon after a pitch raise to more completely stabilize the tune. The more out of tune the piano is, the less stable it will be after tuning. Request a Pitch Raise