Each tuning includes a "Pre-Tuning" inspection where I visually inspect your piano's case, keys, action, strings, soundboard, bridges, backframe and plate. I check and tighten your piano bench bolts, pinblock bolts, and all accessible plate screws. Also, I check and adjust all pedals.
This is the cost if I've never tuned your piano before. Every piano is different and each requires unique attention.
Now that I'm familiar with your piano, it becomes easier for me to tune. This means a lower rate for you.
Pianos that have not been tuned in a long time drop in pitch. A piano with its pitch too low sounds dull and lacks brilliance. It is impossible to play with other instruments and it hampers the musical progress of any student who regularly practices on it. Pianos are designed to sound best when tuned to A-440, the international pitch standard.
Using the latest computer technology, I am able to raise the pitch on your piano quickly and accurately.
A pitch raise and tuning can be completed in one (1) visit. Some technicians require two (2) or more visits to perform a pitch raise and tuning.
Plenty of at-home practice is crucial if you want to be great at piano. No matter how many private piano lessons you take, you absolutely must dedicate time outside of the lesson if you want to be a great pianist . Unfortunately, many students play on older, outdated and, worst of all, out-of-tune pianos. This not only makes it harder to learn, it can also slow their development as a player.
So, are you being careful to tune up and care for you piano? If not, here's why you should start today:
Your notes, scales and songs won't sound right - When you're just starting out with piano lessons, a tuned instrument is critical. Without it, the scales, notes and songs you're learning won't sound right. Not only will that affect your ability to learn them correctly, it will also make it harder to tell when you're making a mistake. Furthermore, it can also affect your ear training, making it more difficult for you to recognize notes and play songs by ear later on down the line.
You could damage your piano - An out of tune piano is usually indicative of other problems as well. It could mean there are issues with the string tension, hammers or other parts of the piano, and the longer these problems go unfixed, the more your piano will suffer.
Pianos need regular tuning and servicing in order to last you a long time.
It will cost you more - The longer you wait to have your piano tuned, the more it will cost you. You'll probably need a corrective treatment, pitch raising or double tuning in order to get your piano back on proper working condition, and those call all cost a pretty penny.
*All of the above, "Why you should tune your piano," was plagiarized from the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio website.
Most pianos are designed to sound best when tuned to A-440 (the A above middle C vibrates at 440 cycles per second), the international pitch standard. Pianos that have not been tuned in a long time drop in pitch. A piano with its pitch too low sounds dull and lacks brilliance. It is impossible to play with other instruments and it hampers the musical progress of any student who regularly practices on it.
Using the latest computer technology, I am able to raise the pitch on your piano quickly and accurately. My computer measures every octave and calculates the amount to pull each string over pitch. This way, once the pitch raise is completed, the piano settles into the correct pitch for the final tuning. A pitch raise and tuning can be completed in one (1) visit. Some technicians require two (2) or more visits to perform a pitch raise and tuning. Who wants to see a piano tuner two (2) or three (3) times in one month? My wife doesn't even want to see me that often.
When the tension of each string on your piano is raised back up to pitch, the additional load on the piano's structure causes the pitch of previously adjusted strings to change. The only way to achieve a fine, accurate tuning on your piano is to have the tension of all the strings so close to their proper place that altering the tension of one string would not affect the others. Therefore, a piano must already be fairly close to standard pitch in order to be finely tuned