Piano tuning

A piano goes out of tune even if its not being used.

Generally a piano will drop in pitch 2 to 3 cents a year. A piano can sound perfectly in tune but in fact the whole scale will be flat. The further a technician needs to bring it back up to pitch, the less stable the tuning will be.

I have customers that get their piano or pianos tuned twice a year. I tune the Alexander piano 12 times a year depending on gigs or concerts. 

Once a year for a domestic piano is generally good.

Piano tuning is a crucial part of an instruments care. If a piano is out of tune a student can become used to it, and train their ears to be used to the wrong pitch and sound, which can lead to a shock when playing an instrument that is in tune. It is impossible to play a fixed pitch instrument with an out of tune piano.

Occasionally I come across a piano that is down in pitch requiring two or even three tunings before it is stable.

Another kind of maintenance a piano technician will do is regulation and voicing, lesser known to the owner of a piano but this can turn a very average piano into a much more responsive and better sounding one. 

On one key of an upright piano there can be up to 25 adjustments that can be made, and on a grand piano up to 35!

Very often I come across a piano that can not be tuned because of slipping pins or a piano has excessive rusty strings or some other terminal problem. More and more people are buying pianos like this that should not be in circulation. 


I offer Piano tuning and repairs in Dunedin, Timaru and I travel to Christchurch,

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