Your piano should be tuned to A440 concert pitch. This process consists of adjusting the 283 (+/-) tuning pins in one pass or two passes or possibly two visits. If your piano is far from pitch you may need a pitch raise or pitch adjustment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Will I Need to Know to Service Your Piano?
The last time it was serviced
Are there any issues with the piano
Who plays the piano
What is your timeframe
What Should I Expect During the Service?
I will need to lift the piano lid to tune so please remove your candelabra, family photos, and jar of dog treats etc. Upright pianos do not need to be moved away from the wall, but I will need the piano a few inches from the wall to open the top.
I love children, pets, house cleaners, landscapers and tree trimmers, but I do need quiet to do my best work! I try to be on time, but sometimes traffic, snow delays or a mischievous piano delays me. If I am running late I will try to call or you can call me.
Words of Wisdom
Whether it is brand new, a family heirloom, or a starter piano for your child, your piano is an investment that you need to protect with regular service. Pianos are greatly affected by changes in humidity; regular tunings will keep your piano sounding and playing its best!
A piano is only as good as the maintenance it receives.
What I Do
GRAND SOUNDBOARD CLEANING
The soundboard of a grand piano will get dusty over time, sometimes to the point where the sound of the piano may be affected. This problem may be lessened if the lid of the piano is kept closed when the piano is not in use. A piano cover or string cover can be used to keep the soundboard clean. Even when these preventative measures are taken, dust will tend to accumulate on the soundboard. A flexible cleaner can be used to get underneath the strings and dust the soundboard. Typically, this will remove most of the debris.
REPAIRING LOOSE TUNING PINS
Does your piano go out of tune quickly? You could have loose tuning pins. For a piano to hold a stable tuning, it is essential that the tuning pins are tight. While there are other factors (fluctuating humidity) which impact the tuning, loose tuning pins that slip when they are turned will never stay in tune. Appling CA (cyanoacrylate) to the tuning pin bushing will increase the pin torque and improve the tuning stability. The piano is tipped on it’s back to apply the CA to the pinblock.
MOUSE IN MY PIANO
Why is there dog food in my piano? Well, a mouse put it there and dog food isn’t the only thing that is in your piano! Mice love pianos and they do huge amount of damage to the inside. They love to chew up the felt and make nest under the keys, on top of the keys. If the damage is too great the piano may be a total loss. Be careful when you accept a used piano into your home, always have it inspected for mice, insects and needed repairs.
Cracks in soundboards come in all sizes and are most visible during the winter months. Cracks can disappear during the summer when the humidity is high and the wood swells. To protect your piano from getting cracks in the soundboard keep the humidity at 45% year round, this will improve your tuning stability and lower your maintenance costs.
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