Tuning

Piano tuning is an art.

It takes at least 3 years to train and a lifetime of practice. Piano tuners have been around for as long as the first pianos - over 300 years! There is only one way to tune a piano and that is properly! Do be aware of so called tuners who use electronic devices suitable for a 4 or 6 string guitar. A piano usually has over 220 strings! Please also don't be tempted to get out your car socket set and have a go yourself - you won't be able to do it and you will seriously damage the tuning pins.

Some pianos need tuning more frequently than others. It depends on its condition, the environment in which it is located and the musical demands of the owner. A piano used mainly as a piece of furniture will probably only need to be tuned once a year. A piano that is played regularly and is in good condition may get by with being tuned twice a year. A piano given a daily workout by a professional musician or a serious student may need tuning quarterly or even more often.

The piano is among the most versatile of musical instruments, but it is also one of the most complex and delicate, consisting of thousands of precision parts. Even the finest instrument needs proper care and attention to give long life and dependable service.

Our Service

All our piano tuning is done by qualified tuner/technicians.
David Chitson, the proprietor, studied at Newark College and has been qualified for 38 years. He has City and Guilds London Institute qualifications in Piano Tuning and Toning, Piano Repairing and Reconditioning, Keyboard Instrument Design together with a Diploma in Piano Tuning, Maintenance and Repairs.

Claire Jones is based in South Wales and has been working with us for over 19 years on a part time basis. Claire has similar qualifications, also having attended Newark College, and has been qualified for 22 years.

To book piano tuning.

The best way is to phone us on 01305 783443. You can leave your details on our answerphone 24 hours a day and we will contact you to make a convenient appointment.

Following our helpful tips on caring for your piano along with regular servicing will ensure your Piano sounds absolutely perfect.

Why does a piano go out of tune?

A piano is made of many materials of differing types and characteristics, which are subjected to temperature and humidity changes during the seasons of the year and which react by expansion and/or contraction to the strings speaking length. The differing materials used to construct, what is essentially a strain resisting structure, are therefore under stress of differing amounts. The stresses are also set up in a variety of directions. Movement in one area can cause a reaction in another, making the piano out of tune.

The following factors can influence stability:
  • Temperature and changes in temperature
  • Relative humidity and its changes
  • How often the piano is played
  • How hard the piano is played
  • The period of time it has stood since tuning
  • Design of the instrument
  • Age of the instrument
  • Skill of the tuner
  • If it has been moved
Although you cannot avoid these situations completely, any efforts to reduce these factors will prolong the life of your piano.

 
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