Tuning your Piano
Tuning a piano
is adjusting the tension of the piano's more than two hundred strings with a
specialized tool called a tuning hammer.
of a piano is made of wood and wood swells and shrinks with changing
humidity, the tension of the strings correspondingly change. This changes
the pitch of the notes, and since the string tension does not change
uniformly throughout the piano, it will begin to sound "out of tune."
Installing a humidity control system can minimize these changes, requiring
less frequent tunings.
Piano manufacturers recommend
that your piano gets tuned at least twice a year. You must decide how
frequently to schedule tunings for yourself based on what your own needs
are. Keep in mind that pianos that have not been tuned for several years and
have gone quite flat will need an additional service called a pitch raise.
Also, regular tunings will mean that the technician can spot possible
regulation or repair problems earlier, often saving you from large, costly
tuning service call I provide a complete inspection of the piano. I also
adjust the pedals and tighten bench bolts, pinblock bolts, and plate screws.