Tuning | Piano Tuning Albuquerque | Piano tuner
Pianos are built with a lot of wood and steel and felt. Over time because of humidity changes pianos start to adjust to the environment that they are placed in. Soundboards absorb and loose humidity. Temperature changes affect the strings. Drafts also change both temperature and humidity.
Older pianos often do not stay in tune because of problems with the tuning pins becoming loose over time or cracks develop in the bridges. All of these contribute in various degrees to a piano staying in tune or not.
I am often asked how many times a piano should be tuned? Being a professional musician myself I like a piano to always be perfectly in tune but a good source to ask this question to are the piano manufacturers themselves. Here is a list of a few piano manufacturers and what they have to say about how often a piano needs to be tuned.
Pianos need to be tuned about twice a year in order to stay at the standard pitch of A-440. Pianos were designed to sound their best when this pitch standard is maintained. The tension inside a piano supported by the cast-iron plate can be as high is 20 tons.
Steinway & Sons recommends...
"Your Steinway piano and been designed and built so that in normal use and under normal conditions it should need only periodic tuning. We recommend that you call your tuner 3 to 4 times a year. You, however, are the final judge and should have the piano tuned as often as you think necessary. To put the manner of tuning into perspective, remember that a concert piano is tuned before every performance and a piano in a professional recording studio, where it is in constant use, is tuned 3 or 4 times each week as a matter of course."
When pianos are moved they will need to be tuned once they acclimate to the new location. Fluctuating humidity and temperature is also a factor in pianos going out of tune.
Pianos are also affected by drafts so locating them near windows or doors isn't recommended. They do better on inside walls as temperature differences throughout the day and seasonal changes can affect the stability of the tuning.
There are climate control devices that can be installed in most pianos that help tremendously with the tuning stability of your piano. I recommend what I consider the best unit out there which is made by Piano Life Saver System. Check out the following link to their website to read more about these devices.
I believe that your satisfaction should be guaranteed and I will work hard to bring your piano up to it's greatest potential.
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