Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How much do you charge for a sticky key?


Most of the times, the cause of the sticking key is a relativley minor issue and is included free of charge during your tuning appointment! If the problem is more severe and will take longer than 20 minutes, I charge a rate of $65/half-hour. Of course, I won't proceed without talking to your first, and giving my assesment and estimate of the time it will take!




What if I have broken hammers. How can they be replaced?


If a hammer breaks on your piano, save it - I can usually repair the broken hammer in your home. If many hammers are broken or completley worn out, it might be necessary to replace them with a full set of new hammers.

If all the hammers need to be replaced, the cost is usually around $900 dollars, although some hammer types can be much more expensive. It usually takes several weeks to replace hammers as each hammer is taken out of the action and is handled separately.




Is it possible to replace all the keytops on my piano?


Yes, it is possible to replace the keytops on your piano. However, keep in mind that if your piano is older and has ivory keytops, I will not be able to replace them with Ivory. The new keytops will be of a plastic. That said, the new keytops will greatly improve the looks of your old piano.





How much do you charge for a sticky key?


Most of the times, the cause of the sticking key is a relativley minor issue and is included free of charge during your tuning appointment! If the problem is more severe and will take longer than 20 minutes, I charge a rate of $65/half-hour. Of course, I won't proceed without talking to your first, and giving my assesment and estimate of the time it will take!




What if I have broken hammers. How can they be replaced?


If a hammer breaks on your piano, save it - I can usually repair the broken hammer in your home. If many hammers are broken or completley worn out, it might be necessary to replace them with a full set of new hammers.

If all the hammers need to be replaced, the cost is usually around $900 dollars, although some hammer types can be much more expensive. It usually takes several weeks to replace hammers as each hammer is taken out of the action and is handled separately.




Is it possible to replace all the keytops on my piano?


Yes, it is possible to replace the keytops on your piano. However, keep in mind that if your piano is older and has ivory keytops, I will not be able to replace them with Ivory. The new keytops will be of a plastic. That said, the new keytops will greatly improve the looks of your old piano.





Tuning

How often should my piano be tuned?


Your piano should be tuned at least every six months to correct the seasonal changes that happen. If the piano is not regularly maintained, there is risk of damage to the instrument.

Think of like a regular check-up with your doctor, but for your piano.




My piano hasn't been tuned in many years? Is it tuneable?


In most cases your piano should be tunable, but it will require some extra work. Since it has been a while since your piano was last tuned, it will likely have fallen significantly under pitch. Because they are significantly out of tune, these pianos require multiple tuning passes during the same appointment in order to stay in tune.

Your piano has 200+ strings, and each of those strings is under 150-200 lbs. of tension. That's roughly 20 TONS of tension.

When one string is adjusted, it affects the surrounding strings as well. Pianos typically go flat over time, and so a major adjustment to the piano's pitch could be adding several hundred (or even thousands) of pounds of tension.

In order for the piano to stay in tune, the tension across a string needs to be the same, which isn't possible to achieve in just a single pass in these situations. (remember, adding to tension to one string also affects neighboring strings too!) That's why the only way to get a stable tuning is to do multiple tuning passes!

Usually, this tuning process takes around 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

Contact me or schedule an appoinment easily online!




How long does an appointment take?


Although there are many factors, usually it takes me about 90 minutes to do the tuning, as well as clean the piano and make minor repairs and adjustments. Obviously, every piano is different and the amount of time varies from piano to piano. Additionally, if your piano hasn't been tuned in a while or has mechanical issues it will take a little longer.

Contact me or scheule easily online!





How much do you charge for a sticky key?


Most of the times, the cause of the sticking key is a relativley minor issue and is included free of charge during your tuning appointment! If the problem is more severe and will take longer than 20 minutes, I charge a rate of $65/half-hour. Of course, I won't proceed without talking to your first, and giving my assesment and estimate of the time it will take!




What if I have broken hammers. How can they be replaced?


If a hammer breaks on your piano, save it - I can usually repair the broken hammer in your home. If many hammers are broken or completley worn out, it might be necessary to replace them with a full set of new hammers.

If all the hammers need to be replaced, the cost is usually around $900 dollars, although some hammer types can be much more expensive. It usually takes several weeks to replace hammers as each hammer is taken out of the action and is handled separately.




Is it possible to replace all the keytops on my piano?


Yes, it is possible to replace the keytops on your piano. However, keep in mind that if your piano is older and has ivory keytops, I will not be able to replace them with Ivory. The new keytops will be of a plastic. That said, the new keytops will greatly improve the looks of your old piano.





Repairs

How much do you charge for a sticky key?


Most of the times, the cause of the sticking key is a relativley minor issue and is included free of charge during your tuning appointment! If the problem is more severe and will take longer than 20 minutes, I charge a rate of $65/half-hour. Of course, I won't proceed without talking to your first, and giving my assesment and estimate of the time it will take!




What if I have broken hammers. How can they be replaced?


If a hammer breaks on your piano, save it - I can usually repair the broken hammer in your home. If many hammers are broken or completley worn out, it might be necessary to replace them with a full set of new hammers.

If all the hammers need to be replaced, the cost is usually around $900 dollars, although some hammer types can be much more expensive. It usually takes several weeks to replace hammers as each hammer is taken out of the action and is handled separately.




Is it possible to replace all the keytops on my piano?


Yes, it is possible to replace the keytops on your piano. However, keep in mind that if your piano is older and has ivory keytops, I will not be able to replace them with Ivory. The new keytops will be of a plastic. That said, the new keytops will greatly improve the looks of your old piano.





How often should my piano be tuned?


Your piano should be tuned at least every six months to correct the seasonal changes that happen. If the piano is not regularly maintained, there is risk of damage to the instrument.

Think of like a regular check-up with your doctor, but for your piano.




My piano hasn't been tuned in many years? Is it tuneable?


In most cases your piano should be tunable, but it will require some extra work. Since it has been a while since your piano was last tuned, it will likely have fallen significantly under pitch. Because they are significantly out of tune, these pianos require multiple tuning passes during the same appointment in order to stay in tune.

Your piano has 200+ strings, and each of those strings is under 150-200 lbs. of tension. That's roughly 20 TONS of tension.

When one string is adjusted, it affects the surrounding strings as well. Pianos typically go flat over time, and so a major adjustment to the piano's pitch could be adding several hundred (or even thousands) of pounds of tension.

In order for the piano to stay in tune, the tension across a string needs to be the same, which isn't possible to achieve in just a single pass in these situations. (remember, adding to tension to one string also affects neighboring strings too!) That's why the only way to get a stable tuning is to do multiple tuning passes!

Usually, this tuning process takes around 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

Contact me or schedule an appoinment easily online!




How long does an appointment take?


Although there are many factors, usually it takes me about 90 minutes to do the tuning, as well as clean the piano and make minor repairs and adjustments. Obviously, every piano is different and the amount of time varies from piano to piano. Additionally, if your piano hasn't been tuned in a while or has mechanical issues it will take a little longer.

Contact me or scheule easily online!





Regulation

How often should my piano be tuned?


Your piano should be tuned at least every six months to correct the seasonal changes that happen. If the piano is not regularly maintained, there is risk of damage to the instrument.

Think of like a regular check-up with your doctor, but for your piano.




My piano hasn't been tuned in many years? Is it tuneable?


In most cases your piano should be tunable, but it will require some extra work. Since it has been a while since your piano was last tuned, it will likely have fallen significantly under pitch. Because they are significantly out of tune, these pianos require multiple tuning passes during the same appointment in order to stay in tune.

Your piano has 200+ strings, and each of those strings is under 150-200 lbs. of tension. That's roughly 20 TONS of tension.

When one string is adjusted, it affects the surrounding strings as well. Pianos typically go flat over time, and so a major adjustment to the piano's pitch could be adding several hundred (or even thousands) of pounds of tension.

In order for the piano to stay in tune, the tension across a string needs to be the same, which isn't possible to achieve in just a single pass in these situations. (remember, adding to tension to one string also affects neighboring strings too!) That's why the only way to get a stable tuning is to do multiple tuning passes!

Usually, this tuning process takes around 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

Contact me or schedule an appoinment easily online!




How long does an appointment take?


Although there are many factors, usually it takes me about 90 minutes to do the tuning, as well as clean the piano and make minor repairs and adjustments. Obviously, every piano is different and the amount of time varies from piano to piano. Additionally, if your piano hasn't been tuned in a while or has mechanical issues it will take a little longer.

Contact me or scheule easily online!





How much do you charge for a sticky key?


Most of the times, the cause of the sticking key is a relativley minor issue and is included free of charge during your tuning appointment! If the problem is more severe and will take longer than 20 minutes, I charge a rate of $65/half-hour. Of course, I won't proceed without talking to your first, and giving my assesment and estimate of the time it will take!




What if I have broken hammers. How can they be replaced?


If a hammer breaks on your piano, save it - I can usually repair the broken hammer in your home. If many hammers are broken or completley worn out, it might be necessary to replace them with a full set of new hammers.

If all the hammers need to be replaced, the cost is usually around $900 dollars, although some hammer types can be much more expensive. It usually takes several weeks to replace hammers as each hammer is taken out of the action and is handled separately.




Is it possible to replace all the keytops on my piano?


Yes, it is possible to replace the keytops on your piano. However, keep in mind that if your piano is older and has ivory keytops, I will not be able to replace them with Ivory. The new keytops will be of a plastic. That said, the new keytops will greatly improve the looks of your old piano.





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