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Tuning

Your piano was designed and built so that under normal use and conditions, it should need tuning about twice a year. Many have their piano tuned three or four times a year. Most pianos have been designed and built so that in normal use and under normal conditions it should need only periodic tuning. Steinway & Sons for example, recommends that a piano should be tuned 3 or 4 times a year.

To put the matter of tuning into perspective, remember that most concert pianos are tuned before every rehearsal and before every performance. In professional recording studios, the piano is tuned three or four times each week as a matter of course. However, you should have the piano tuned as often as you think necessary.

Tuning is an art practiced by skilled professionals and under no circumstances should anyone other than an experienced professional be allowed to tune your piano.

Voicing

Voicing is to some extent a matter of preference. Some prefer a "bright" sound while others prefer a mellow sound. Whatever your preference, every piano will acquire a somewhat brighter tone with time, because the hammer felts will be compacted as they are thrown against the strings.

Action Regulation

Action regulation addresses the touch of the piano. Do the keys feel too heavy or too light? What about the repetition? Is it sluggish? Or, do the keys feel like they don't stay underneath your fingers, in that you lose control? Is the action uneven?

Estimates and Appraisal

   If you suspect that your piano needs major repairs, and you would like for me to give you an estimate, please arrange for me to inspect the piano. I will discuss the benefits of various repair options, and whether the completed piano would meet your performance requirements. Then I will provide you with a written contract.

 

 

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