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Keeping your piano in tune is critical to achieving the perfect sound. The regularity with which you get your piano tuned obviously varies depending on how often you use it, as well as your own demands of the instrument.

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Why does my piano go out of tune?

There are a multitude of factors which affect the tuning and the stability of a piano. The entire piano is under continual stress to a varying degree and it is the fluctuations in these stresses that cause the piano to go out of tune.

Considering the 230+ steel strings that are strained to between 150 – 200lbs each means the cumulative total on the iron frame, and the solid wooden ‘back’, are subject to stresses of between 18 – 20 tons. When these strings slacken naturally their tension reduces and the piano then becomes out of tune

How often should my piano be tuned ?

It is impossible to give a definitive answer to this question because there are so many factors that can affect the tuning stability. In a domestic environment where the temperature and humidity are relatively constant throughout the seasons a guide is at least TWICE per annum ; 2 – 3 weeks after the heating goes on in the winter, and 2 – 3 weeks after it has been turned off in the summer. This delay gives the piano an opportunity to acclimatise to the new conditions and settle prior to the strings being bought back up to pitch

Tuning upright pianos and grand pianos

Piano tuning for upright pianos and grand pianos is an essential part of owning a piano. Regular piano tuning will also help to identify issues with broken strings or faults with the soundboard that need to be addressed before they cause more extensive damage to your piano.

Frequently Asked Questions

The length of time it takes to tune a piano varies depending on how long it has been since the instrument was previously tuned. However, as a rough guide, tuning appointments often take between 1-3 hours.
Yes! Please don’t hesitate to call, even if you aren’t local to us! We have an array of tuners up and down the country who will be local to you.
The price of piano tuning is determined by many factors, and also varies by location and the needs of the specific piano in question. Please call us to arrange a quote, tailored to you. If you have any broken strings, we can repair these to ensure the full potential of the instrument is restored.
Piano tuning is a complex process carried out by professional piano tuners. It involves adjusting the tension on the piano strings to achieve the correct frequency. A piano tuner will use a tuning lever to adjust the tension. When the piano strings are tightening, this raises the pitch, and when the strings are loosened, this drops the pitch and the note goes flat. Piano tuning starts with middle C and then moves to the outer strings, often using an electronic tuning device to make sure each string is under the right tension. The higher treble section of the piano will have two strings or three strings per note, while the bass strings typically only have one.
Pianos will go out of tune over time due to the materials used to make the soundboard and the rest of the piano. Humidity will have a big impact on the quality of the sound. In more humid months, the instrument swells and expands, putting more tension on the strings. When the instrument dries out, this causes the materials to contract, leaving slack on the strings. The result is changes in the voicing of the strings which will sound out of tune over time. A well trained ear may notice this sooner than a novice player.

Find out more about how we tune your pianos by contacting us at richard@specialistpianomovers.co.nz or calling (021) 228 2279. One of our Specialist Piano Movers experts will be happy to help ease your mind and teach you about piano tuning needs.

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