Piano Tuning

Piano Tuning

Tuning and Refurbishing Piano's

We tune and service piano's within a thirty mile radius of Hyde, covering all of Greater Manchester. Our rates are very competitive and we guarantee the best service. We can also refurbish piano's including overhauling actions, re-finishing cabinets and replacing parts. Please contact us for: piano tuning, full piano refurbishment, including overhauling actions, or re-finishing cabinets .

Your Piano

A piano is a large, expensive and complex instrument constructed mainly from cast iron and sprucewood. There are generally 88 keys, each with an individual mechanism. Each key has at least one string, one string per note in the low bass, two strings per note in the upper bass, and three strings per note in the treble. The strings, around 200 of them, are held in high tension at approximately 160lbs of pressure per string. The strain on the frame from all these strings can be up to 21 tonnes. The individual parts, depending on type of piano, number between 14,000 and 22,000.

For a piano to sound musical all the components must work in harmony and at the correct tension. Iron and wood both resonate and therefore move and both materials can move out of tension in response to the environment. Tuning the piano will bring the piano back into harmony.

Why tune a piano?

The most obvious and best reason is that a regularly tuned piano sounds better. Less obvious is that a tuned piano stays in tune longer and sounds better between tunings. And by regularly tuning a piano you extend the life of the piano. Leaving a piano out of tune may lead to a warped soundboard and a piano becoming untuneable.

A piano left untuned for a long time may not hold tune with a standard tuning and may need a "pitch-raise". This is a tuning method that involves tuning and retuning the piano many times until the piano stays in tune. It is also more likely that an unturned piano will require voicing and regulating the action to restore the best tone. Some pianos will also require repairs for misaligned hammers, loose pins, or tinny sounding pads. All a lot more expensive than a regular tune.

How often should a Piano be tuned?

The environment the piano is stored in can determine how often a piano needs to be tuned. A centrally heated house can dry and moisten the air and so draw moisture, or add moisture to the wooden components in the piano. This in turn can cause the wood to shrink, or expand and so cause tuining instability. In a domestic environment we recommend tuning a piano at least once a year, but preferably twice a year. The best time of year to tune your piano is after a seasonal change in weather, so several weeks after the radiators have been turned on for winter and several weeks after the radiators have been turned off for summer.

A new piano might need to be tuned up to four times in a year before it has stabilized, and a piano that hasn’t been tuned for a long while might also need to be tuned up to four times in a year to stabilize the tuning. If you have to move your piano you should leave it in its new location to acclimatize before having the piano tuned.

Where to site your Piano?

A piano is best placed in a goldilocks environment, neither too hot nor too cold. A temperature between  18 to 21 degrees C is ideal. The relative humidity of the room should be between 45% to 60%, neither too dry nor too humid. 

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