The art of piano tuning – Part One

You might be wondering about the title of this post. Is piano tuning really an art? If you check out piano tuning on the internet you’ll find many posts and videos that tell you anyone can tune there own piano. All you need are a few simple tools and a free tuning app on your phone and your off and running. Turn a few tuning pins until your app tells you the pitch is correct and you’re done. In a couple of hours your piano will be perfectly in tune and you will have saved yourself all that money you would have paid a professional piano technician. Brimming with enthusiasm you set off on this grand adventure and then reality strikes. The first thing you notice is that there are a lot of tuning pins on a piano, somewhere between 200 to 230. Then you discover that it’s almost impossible to get the pin set just right as even a small adjustment results in a dramatic pitch change. And finally, after many painstaking adjustments to get the pins set, many of them simply will not remain in tune. So what went wrong? What does the professional piano technician know that you don’t? Arthur Reblitz, in his book “Piano Servicing, Tuning and Rebuilding”, talks about two skills that a piano technician must master in order to […]

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