Piano Tuning
Piano Tuning

Piano Tuning

“The piano sounds great - in tune and exactly as it should be! Thank you Evan! I will have you back for my next tuning for sure! As a music professor I appreciate great service and excellent tuning!”— Charles Hausmann UH Music lecturer

Full & Half Day Servicing

Both packages operate in house, unless the piano requires workshop servicing.

Half Day Tuning & Focused improvements

$650

This works very well if it’s the ‘first time in years’ that the piano has been worked on. This package includes raising the pitch, tuning and regulating the action. Also included: cleaning the cabinet, adjusting and polishing pedals, let-off, hammer height, refacing the hammers, changing parts etc. Whatever I think would be best to improve your piano in order of priority.

Full Day Tuning & full Regulation

$850

When you think the half day which is a priority based approach won't cut it, we are happy to provide a full days service. This is the best thing to do if the piano is 10+ years into its life, or you want the piano fully inspected, regulated, cleaned (underneath strings, keys etc), and the full action regulation.

Typical work

Casework/Cosmetic

Cosmetic work such as new keys, polishing brass can be carried out on site. Other work such as polishing a lid or stool can also be carried out but will require a wait time.

Cleaning

It’s good to get your piano cleaned every so often, a lot of dust can collect underneath the keys, sometimes moth and occasionally other unpleasant evidence of mice! Cleaning under the keys add $50. Cleaning grand pianos add $80. We would recommend going for the Half and Full day packages to get the most detailed work on your piano.

Tuning Form

Piano Tuning

Regular Tuning

$200 minim

If it’s the first time I tune a piano that is regularly maintained but is my first time tuning it. Tuning a piano is a complex task with c.236 strings to tune in harmony. Estimated time 1.5 - 2.5 hours. Recommended every six months.

To look after a piano well it is recommended to maintain a 6 monthly tuning schedule to maintain the health and tone of your piano. In the service I make sure the piano is not dropping below concert pitch and get rid of any discoloration in the sound from unisons moving apart in pitch.

Pianos Left for more than one year

Add $50-250

Music has a standard pitch (A440). It allows a pianist to play along with a guitarist, or organist. From the day the piano is manufactured, the strings are pulling against the pin holding them in place. This causes a minute unravelling of the string. This unravelling loosens the string. A loose string creates a variation in pitch, and the piano goes out of tune! If the piano is left long enough the pitch can drop. And it will, even when tuned regularly. Before tuning, it is advisable to raise the pitch to concert pitch except in exceptional circumstances.

  • Required if left for over a year and a half +.

If the piano has been left for a decade or more we recommend the Half day and full day packages.

Add $250 is for when the piano has been decades and is a semi-tone or more from pitch. Strings may break as rust causes metal to corrode with time. However, if we lubricate well, we mostly find that they do not break. Treble strings can be replaced on site, bass strings mostly need to be ordered to match.

Assessment

Regulation is necessary after many years. Not only does it help avoid uneven wear in the piano action, but can also improve the feel of your piano, which in turn makes it more pleasurable to play. From loose keys that wobble, to hammers not traveling straight towards the string, or traveling too far. Many improvements can be made. I recommend the piano spa to get the best deal in regulation and tuning.

Piano tuning can only go part of the way. Once the piano is wearing or going out of aligment, only further adjustments can return it to its original playability.

Regulation is hard to describe, but once it has been carried out, you can normally and sometimes drastically feel the difference.