Piano Tuning and Repairs

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Piano Tuning

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





Standard Service Package


This 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.) What's Included: Double Tuning to bring the piano up to Concert Pitch Concert-grade Fine Tuning Voicing of the piano to improve the tone 30 Minutes of free repairs so your piano functions properly 60 Minutes of Action Regulation to address problems such as striking keys, difficulty controlling loud or soft, etc. Leveling of the keys Mating and leveling the strings Cleaning the piano case, keys, and soundboard ​​ This appointment usually takes around 4 hours and is a flat rate of $350 (Value of $525) Book online here!





 

Complete Service Packages

Essentials Package - $̶2̶7̶0̶  $250

Standard package- $̶3̶7̶0̶ $350

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





Standard Service Package


This 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.) What's Included: Double Tuning to bring the piano up to Concert Pitch Concert-grade Fine Tuning Voicing of the piano to improve the tone 30 Minutes of free repairs so your piano functions properly 60 Minutes of Action Regulation to address problems such as striking keys, difficulty controlling loud or soft, etc. Leveling of the keys Mating and leveling the strings Cleaning the piano case, keys, and soundboard ​​ This appointment usually takes around 4 hours and is a flat rate of $350 (Value of $525) Book online here!





Repair Services

What kind of repairs do you do?


As a Certified Piano Technician, 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 adjusments to the piano hammers. I also provide more extensive services such as complete action regulation, action rebuilding, hammer replacement, and complete restringing and other restorative work.




Can you restring my piano? What about new hammers?


Absolutley! If your piano is a good candidate for restringing or other restoritave work I'd be happy to help. Usually this kind of work is done on quality grands or uprights (such as Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Yamaha, Bluthner, etc. or a family heirloom) Reach out to me for more information and I'd be happy to put together an estimate for the work, as well as a timeline!




My piano has some issues. Is it worth fixing up?


Almost always, I can bring pianos like this back to life with a Double Tuning and an some additional repair and voicing work. Of course, I will confer with you about your options, along with their costs before proceeding on additional work. But in most cases, not only is the piano brought back to life, but the cost is much less than replacing your 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.





 
 

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