Routine maintenance is important for keeping your piano in good condition, much like your car needs regular maintenance to operate properly. Pianos are a significant investment and regularly scheduled maintenance will ensure that your instrument will provide you with years of great playability and musical enjoyment.
Tuning your piano is the single most important thing you can do to make sure that your treasured investment is in good condition. A piano can be in relative tune with itself but still be below pitch. Regular tunings ensure that the piano stays up to the pitch standard of A-440. This is important for proper ear training and pitch recognition when a child is learning to play or when a musician is accompanying the piano with other instruments. While the frequency of use affects the tuning to a degree, these instruments are most affected by fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Because of these factors, it is recommended to have the piano tuned every six months, and at the very least once a year to avoid the need for a pitch correction.
Pitch Corrections become necessary when the piano has fallen bellow pitch to such a degree that a regular tuning alone will not provide enough stability to keep it in tune. This procedure involves bringing up the tension of the strings until they will hold a tune. Only after this can the final fine tuning be done. The need for a pitch correction can only be determined after the piano’s pitch has been measured. Should the piano need a pitch correction, this can be done on the same visit.
The piano’s multitude of moving parts creates an environment for a plethora of problems. From sticking keys to squeaky pedals to complete action overhauls, Pianifico! provides comprehensive repair services. Whatever the problem may be, I can get your piano operating properly again.
Regulation deals with the mechanical aspects of the piano and involves the adjustment of thousands of moving parts which make up the piano’s action. While regular tunings are important and necessary for proper piano care, tuning only takes care of the pitch of the piano. The feel of the keys beneath the hands of the pianist or the ability to repeat a note rapidly is affected by the regulation of the piano action.
Pianos are complex vehicles of expression which the performer uses to communicate through music. For rapid trills, thundering fortissimos, and delicate pianissimos, the piano must be ready for the unrelenting demands of the musical score. Without a properly regulated action, execution of these passages and dynamic changes are much more difficult or even impossible. A well regulated action allows the pianist to achieve the most power and responsiveness from the piano.
Piano Tuning Costs
Regular Tuning – $100
Tuning with Pitch Correction – $160
*Repairs and Regulation vary according to the job*