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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should a piano be tuned?
Virtually all piano manufacturers recommend that a piano be tuned a minimum of twice a year. Depending on environmental conditions, how the piano is cared for and used, and the quality of the piano, pianos may need to be tuned more often. Scheduling a tuning every six months is a good rule of thumb.
What is a pitch raise?
A pitch raise is a preliminary tuning done immediately prior to a fine tuning. It is necessary to bring the piano up to standard pitch in situations where circumstances have allowed the piano to fall beyond the reasonable range necessary for a stable fine-tuning.. Since the strings of a piano are under enormous tension, this tension must be distributed evenly and be very close to that of standard pitch before performing a fine tuning.
Our piano doesn't get played very often. Do I still need to get it tuned regularly?
How often a piano is used is only one contributing factor to a piano going out of tune. Other factors, most notably changes in temperature, humidity, affect a piano regardless. If a piano is not tuned regularly, added time and expense will be needed to achieve a satisfactory tuning at standard pitch. An out-of-tune piano can actually be a deterrent to being played.
Is it bad for my piano to be played hard or loudly?
Not really. Of course you don't want to be abusive to your piano, but playing a piano loudly is not necessarily inappropriate. Some of the world's greatest pianists past and present were and are known for their loud playing. It is possible that action parts such as hammers may show signs of wear sooner, but that is not a reason to not play it the way you like.
How long does it take to tune a piano?
Under normal circumstances, it usually takes about an hour and a quarter to tune a piano that has been on a regular maintenance schedule. If a pitch raise is needed, that can add another 45 minutes to the process. In some cases, when the piano is seriously out of tune more than one pitch raise may be necessary.
Will my piano need to be tuned if I move it?
If you're moving it across the room, probably not. If you're moving it across town or otherwise, most probably so though It does also depend on the quality of the piano. Furthermore, if the piano has been handled with care during the moving process, the move itself is less likely to impact the tuning of the piano than the environmental variances in its new location.
Why does a piano go out of tune?
There are many factors, which include the condition and quality of the piano, how old the piano is, how often it is played, and environmental factors, such as humidity levels.
When is the best time to tune a piano?
In a word - regularly. There is no compelling evidence to suggest that a particular time of year is better for a tuning, especially if your piano has a stable climatic environment
What is Regulation?
Regulation is basically adjusting your piano to play the way it was designed to be played. Regulation generally involves adjusting various parts according to manufacturer specifications so that the piano functions to the best of its potential. There are approximately 20 unique, precise adjustments that can be made to each of the 88 notes on a piano, so regulation is a significant process that takes patience, time and expertise.
How do I know if my piano needs regulating?
If your piano is more than 5 or 10 years old, chances are that it is due for at least some regulation work. Some regulation problems are subtle and not overly obvious to the owner or player, while other problems will be quite apparent. Some symptoms that a piano might demonstrate if a piano is in need of regulation are as follows: notes don't play when you play softly, lack of control, lack of evenness, double-striking / wobbly hammers, key tops are not level with one another, hammers block against the string(s), and more. Like a car, it's best to get that "50,000-km tune up" before actual symptoms become apparent, lest you inadvertently grow to accept abnormalities as normal. And like many things in life, regulation might not be fully appreciated until it has been addressed - at which point you may say, "I should have done that a long time ago!"