Our standard tuning price is $180 (price includes tax). The price includes in-home tuning, pedal adjustment, bench tightening (if possible) and minor repairs such as sticky keys, etc. I accept cash, checks and credit cards.
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A pitch raise may sound like a scam to get more money. Like floor mats or paint guard with your new car. Anyway, an untuned piano will drop about 3% from the standard pitch which today's music is played. If too much time elapses between tunings it may not be possible to bring the piano up to standard pitch in one tuning pass. Anyway, it is kind of complex so I suggest you: Click here for more info.
The most common reason pianos go out of tune is the change in humidity from day to day. When humidity levels change, the moisture content of the wood in the piano swells or shrinks, changing the tension of the strings. Pianos are designed to be in a 42% humidity environment. Installation of a humidity control system can reduce the affects of humidity changes. Other common reasons pianos go out of tune are from being moved or being played hard and often.
Most manufacturers recommend tuning twice a year, or no less than once a year. A professional pianist may need the piano tuned monthly, weekly, or even before each performance. I often tune pianos before a rehearsal and after the rehearsal prior to an event.
Years ago houses had poor insulation in the outside walls, so it was better to have them near the center of the house to avoid extreme temperature fluctuations. Modern homes are better insulated so it doesn’t matter as much. However, never place a piano where it is over a heat duct, or in direct sunlight.
The climate of the room where a piano is kept is the determining factor in whether or not a piano will have to be tuned once it’s moved. Pianos need a stable environment in order to stay in tune and unless you are moving a piano in a climate controlled truck it may need to be tuned once it reaches its destination and becomes settled to it’s new home. Just moving a piano across town will probably not make the piano go out tune as long as the climate in your home is similar to the climate where the piano was previously. So how long should you wait before you decide to tune the piano after a move?