Piano Tuning and Repairs

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Piano Tuning

All of my tuning appointments include fine-tuning, cleaning and polishing of the piano, free minor repairs and adjustments, a condition assessment, as well as complimentary performance optimization. My expert work will breathe life back into your piano! 

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Standard Tuning - $̶1̶4̶5̶  $125

Double Tuning - $̶1̶9̶5̶  $175

Tuning FAQs

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. It is routine maintenance for your piano, much like your regular check-up with your doctor, or an oil change for your car.




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


In most cases your piano should be tuneable, 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.




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.




What is included in a tuning appointment?


My tuning appointments include: - Fine-tuning - Cleaning and polishing of the piano - Free minor repairs and adjustments (up to 20 minutes) - Condition assessment - Complimentary performance optimization ( Minor voicing and regulation adjusments) My expert work will breathe life back into your piano!




What is a Double Tuning and why does my piano need one if its been more than two years since it was last tuned?


Pianos go out of tune naturally over time. Once the pitch of a piano is more than 20c under (this usually takes about 2 years), it can't just be tuned normally. When strings are very out of tune, they don't stay put when tuned. (similar to what happens with new strings on a guitar.) If I were to start tuning, by the time I had gone through all the strings, they would have moved so much that the whole piano would need to be retuned all over again.

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.

The solution to this problem is to first start by bringing all the strings on the piano up to (and a little above) their target pitch. (The pitch-adjustment passes are basically just ballpark tunings) Once this is process is finished, the strings are much closer to their target pitch, and then I can start working on the fine tuning.




Can I schedule an appointment online?


Of course! You can schedule online here





Why do pianos go out of tune?


The piano’s strings are at several tons of pressure which is supported by the pianos rim, plate, pinblock, tuning pins, bridges, and soundboard. Anything that affects the position of any of these parts will cause a change in tension and make the piano go out of tune.

When the humidity changes, air seeps into and out of the wood components of the piano, causing the piano to go out of tune. This is the most prevalent factor for pianos in good condition to go out of tune. A piano typically falls flat in the winter when the low humidity draws out the moisture, and then goes sharp in the spring and summer months when the air conditioning comes on.

Temperature changes also cause a piano to go out of tune. Intense changes in temperature such as from direct sunlight, stage lighting, or opening a door or window during the winter or summer months all can cause rapid changes in the tuning.

In new pianos, the strings have to stretch significantly during their first few years in a piano. It is not uncommon for a piano to sink a quarter step flat in just a few months due to the elasticity of the strings. The louder and more frequently you play a newly-strung piano, the faster the strings will stretch, and the sooner the piano strings will stabilize.

In older pianos, the tuning pins can slip which cause the piano to fall out of tune. If the piano has been regularly exposed to changing temperatures and humidity the pin block will lose its tight grip on the tuning pins causing them to slip out of tune.




The piano isn't played often, so it stays in tune longer, right?


Not really, no. The biggest thing that makes pianos go out of tune is humidity and temperature changes. Although regularly playing the piano will have an effect on the tuning, it is normally a very small amount in comparison.




How much does a tuning cost?


If your piano has been tuned less than 12 months ago, the standard tuning is a flat rate $125. If it has been longer than a year, or if your piano has gone significantly sharp or flat (usually from having your piano moved, garaged, or from large temprature and humidity fluctuations in your home) your piano will require a Double Tuning which is a flat rate of $175. The tuning appointments also include minor repairs and adjustments such as fixing a sticking key or adjusting the pedals, as well as complimentary cleaning and dusting of the piano. Of course, If I come across additional issue that will take longer than 20 minutes, I will consult with you before proceding. Scheule an appointment easily online here




What is included in a Complete Service Package?


Complete Service Packages include some of everything and are a cost-effective option for pianos that require more extensive work regulating, repairing, and voicing. There are two pacakages available: The Essentials Package is designed for pianos that have been tuned within the past two years but have other issues that need to be addressed for proper playing (such as sticking keys, regulation issues, buzzes and odd noises, voicing problems etc.) Click here to scheulde! This Standard Package is designed for pianos that have not been tuned in several years, or have been moved, and also have voicing, regulation, and other issues impacting its performance (Sticking keys, buzzes and odd noises, regulation problems from note to note, difficulty playing softly or quietly, etc.) Scheuld online here!




My piano has regulation issues (uneven touch, poor dynamic range, etc). Can I combine a regulation appointment with my tuning for a discount?


Of course! If it's been less than a decade since your piano was last regulated, it should just need a regulation touch-up. (Usually a 2-hour process and a flat rate of $250). If the last regulation was more than a decade ago, it likely needs a complete regulation (Usually 4-6 hours and a flat rate of $650)

However, when combined with a tuning appointment, I offer a $50 discount with a regulation touch-up, and a $95 discount on a complete regulation! Book online for the discounted rates!

Standard Tuning + Regulation Touch Up (book online)

Standard Tuning + Complete Action Regulation (book online)

Double Tuning (tuned 2+ years ago) + Regulation Touch Up (book online)

Double Tuning + Complete Action Regulation (book online)




How long is your arrival window? Is it like the cable company that says somewhere between 7AM - 9PM?


Heavens no! I aim to start all of my appointments exactly on time (if not a few minutes early!) and I am highly rated by my past clients for my punctuality. I schedule a buffer between each appointments to help account for unexpected delays. (such as heavy traffic, appointments running long, etc.)

If anything is delaying my schedule (such as another client's appointment running long), I will let you know ASAP as well as let you know when I'm on my way and my new ETA.





 

Complete Service Packages

Complete Service Packages include some of everything and are a cost-effective option for pianos that require more extensive work regulating, repairing, and voicing.  

Essentials Package - $̶2̶7̶0̶  $250

Standard package- $̶3̶7̶0̶ $350

Essentials Service Package


This package is designed for pianos that have been tuned within the past two years but have other issues that need to be addressed for proper playing (such as sticking keys, regulation issues, buzzes and odd noises, voicing problems etc.) What's Included: Concert-grade Fine Tuning Voicing of the piano to improve the tone 30 Minutes of free repairs so your piano functions properly 30 Minutes of Action Regulation to address problems such as striking keys, difficulty controlling loud or soft, etc. Cleaning the piano case, keys, and soundboard This appointment usually takes around 3 hours and is a flat rate of $250 (Value of $375) Book online here!





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. It is routine maintenance for your piano, much like your regular check-up with your doctor, or an oil change for your car.




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


In most cases your piano should be tuneable, 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.




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.




What is included in a tuning appointment?


My tuning appointments include: - Fine-tuning - Cleaning and polishing of the piano - Free minor repairs and adjustments (up to 20 minutes) - Condition assessment - Complimentary performance optimization ( Minor voicing and regulation adjusments) My expert work will breathe life back into your piano!




What is a Double Tuning and why does my piano need one if its been more than two years since it was last tuned?


Pianos go out of tune naturally over time. Once the pitch of a piano is more than 20c under (this usually takes about 2 years), it can't just be tuned normally. When strings are very out of tune, they don't stay put when tuned. (similar to what happens with new strings on a guitar.) If I were to start tuning, by the time I had gone through all the strings, they would have moved so much that the whole piano would need to be retuned all over again.

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.

The solution to this problem is to first start by bringing all the strings on the piano up to (and a little above) their target pitch. (The pitch-adjustment passes are basically just ballpark tunings) Once this is process is finished, the strings are much closer to their target pitch, and then I can start working on the fine tuning.




Can I schedule an appointment online?


Of course! You can schedule online here





Repair Services

I am a Certified Piano Technician and  I'm trained in all aspects of servicing your piano. I often fix sticking keys, reglue or replace worn or broken parts, fix broken pedals, and make adjustments to your piano's action regulation, as well as voicing adjustments to the piano hammers.

Essentials Service Package


This package is designed for pianos that have been tuned within the past two years but have other issues that need to be addressed for proper playing (such as sticking keys, regulation issues, buzzes and odd noises, voicing problems etc.) What's Included: Concert-grade Fine Tuning Voicing of the piano to improve the tone 30 Minutes of free repairs so your piano functions properly 30 Minutes of Action Regulation to address problems such as striking keys, difficulty controlling loud or soft, etc. Cleaning the piano case, keys, and soundboard This appointment usually takes around 3 hours and is a flat rate of $250 (Value of $375) Book online here!





Why do pianos go out of tune?


The piano’s strings are at several tons of pressure which is supported by the pianos rim, plate, pinblock, tuning pins, bridges, and soundboard. Anything that affects the position of any of these parts will cause a change in tension and make the piano go out of tune.

When the humidity changes, air seeps into and out of the wood components of the piano, causing the piano to go out of tune. This is the most prevalent factor for pianos in good condition to go out of tune. A piano typically falls flat in the winter when the low humidity draws out the moisture, and then goes sharp in the spring and summer months when the air conditioning comes on.

Temperature changes also cause a piano to go out of tune. Intense changes in temperature such as from direct sunlight, stage lighting, or opening a door or window during the winter or summer months all can cause rapid changes in the tuning.

In new pianos, the strings have to stretch significantly during their first few years in a piano. It is not uncommon for a piano to sink a quarter step flat in just a few months due to the elasticity of the strings. The louder and more frequently you play a newly-strung piano, the faster the strings will stretch, and the sooner the piano strings will stabilize.

In older pianos, the tuning pins can slip which cause the piano to fall out of tune. If the piano has been regularly exposed to changing temperatures and humidity the pin block will lose its tight grip on the tuning pins causing them to slip out of tune.




The piano isn't played often, so it stays in tune longer, right?


Not really, no. The biggest thing that makes pianos go out of tune is humidity and temperature changes. Although regularly playing the piano will have an effect on the tuning, it is normally a very small amount in comparison.




How much does a tuning cost?


If your piano has been tuned less than 12 months ago, the standard tuning is a flat rate $125. If it has been longer than a year, or if your piano has gone significantly sharp or flat (usually from having your piano moved, garaged, or from large temprature and humidity fluctuations in your home) your piano will require a Double Tuning which is a flat rate of $175. The tuning appointments also include minor repairs and adjustments such as fixing a sticking key or adjusting the pedals, as well as complimentary cleaning and dusting of the piano. Of course, If I come across additional issue that will take longer than 20 minutes, I will consult with you before proceding. Scheule an appointment easily online here




What is included in a Complete Service Package?


Complete Service Packages include some of everything and are a cost-effective option for pianos that require more extensive work regulating, repairing, and voicing. There are two pacakages available: The Essentials Package is designed for pianos that have been tuned within the past two years but have other issues that need to be addressed for proper playing (such as sticking keys, regulation issues, buzzes and odd noises, voicing problems etc.) Click here to scheulde! This Standard Package is designed for pianos that have not been tuned in several years, or have been moved, and also have voicing, regulation, and other issues impacting its performance (Sticking keys, buzzes and odd noises, regulation problems from note to note, difficulty playing softly or quietly, etc.) Scheuld online here!




My piano has regulation issues (uneven touch, poor dynamic range, etc). Can I combine a regulation appointment with my tuning for a discount?


Of course! If it's been less than a decade since your piano was last regulated, it should just need a regulation touch-up. (Usually a 2-hour process and a flat rate of $250). If the last regulation was more than a decade ago, it likely needs a complete regulation (Usually 4-6 hours and a flat rate of $650)

However, when combined with a tuning appointment, I offer a $50 discount with a regulation touch-up, and a $95 discount on a complete regulation! Book online for the discounted rates!

Standard Tuning + Regulation Touch Up (book online)

Standard Tuning + Complete Action Regulation (book online)

Double Tuning (tuned 2+ years ago) + Regulation Touch Up (book online)

Double Tuning + Complete Action Regulation (book online)




How long is your arrival window? Is it like the cable company that says somewhere between 7AM - 9PM?


Heavens no! I aim to start all of my appointments exactly on time (if not a few minutes early!) and I am highly rated by my past clients for my punctuality. I schedule a buffer between each appointments to help account for unexpected delays. (such as heavy traffic, appointments running long, etc.)

If anything is delaying my schedule (such as another client's appointment running long), I will let you know ASAP as well as let you know when I'm on my way and my new ETA.





 
 

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