This two hour service includes a complete tuning and either a pitch raise if needed or 45 minutes of repair, voicing or regulation. It is recommended that you schedule this service on a semi-annual or annual basis in order for your piano to play and sound its best.
Like all other furniture in a house your piano will accumulate dust and debris over time. A thorough cleaning will help to keep all parts operating smoothly and can also improve the tone of the piano.
As your piano is played, the sound produced by the felt hammers begin to change. It may become muffled and dull, or overly bright and tinny. Voicing helps restore an even, full tone for every note, as well as helping to deliver the widest possible dynamic range throughout the piano.
Your piano has 10 to 14 thousand parts that can wear down as the piano ages. Strings can break or lose their elasticity. Wooden hammers and flanges crack and split. Leather, felt and wool components begin to compress and dry out. Metal pins will bend and corrode. In order to function properly these parts need to be repaired or replaced.
While tuning and voicing have to do with how well a piano sounds, regulation has to do with how well a piano plays. As parts settle and shift, play can become difficult and uneven. Regulation is the adjustment of the mechanical aspects of the piano to compensate for changes that occur over time and to restore proper touch and responsiveness to the piano.
Buying or selling a piano but not sure what it’s worth? Do you have one that needs repairs but not sure whether it is worth the cost? I will help guide you in making the right decision.
Most pianos need to be tuned once or twice a year depending on how often they are played. New pianos or pianos with new strings may need to be tuned three or four times in the first year as the strings continue to stretch during that time.
A standard tuning is $160. Churches and certain other nonprofit organizations can receive a $20 discount. If a piano has not been tuned in a long time it may require a pitch raise which is an additional $50.
The first thing you will want to find out is how the piano sounds and plays. You will want to make sure that all of the keys work and that the piano has a tone that you like. If you do like it then you should have a qualified piano technician check it out for you particularly if it is an older piano. A “free piano” may end up costing you more to repair that it is worth.
I generally will service pianos from South Seattle through North Tacoma including West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, Renton, Tukwila and Seatac and on the east side Newcastle and Bellevue.
Dust is very abrasive, and can scratch the finish if wiped off with a dry cloth. To avoid scratching, it is best to dust gently using a feather duster or similar product. You can also wipe softly with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust, immediately followed by a dry cloth. Use long, straight strokes following the wood grain to avoid creating swirls.