I See Tunings For $ 60.00 and $100.00
As with any industry you get quality based on price anyone charging so little for a tuning will spend 45 minutes to 1 hour and be done. It takes longer than that to place a tuning hammer on every pin much less tune the string and set the pins. I do hundreds of pianos every year and I take at a minimum 2-2 1/2 hours and with bad pianos 3 -4 hours.
I can show my work to a client both by ear and on a cyber tuner ( The Industry exam standard).
How Often Should I Tune My Piano?
In Alberta as a rule every 6-8 months to match the 2 major humidity swings we have in our climate, definitely no less than once a year.
Why Get A Technician?
A Technician has a certification. Tuning is tuning a technician is trained to diagnose and detect subtle problems that only experience brings to a trade. Weather College, factory or mentor trained there is no substitute for the technical experience.
Piano Just Got Tuned but Sounds Too Tinny?
Sometimes a piano is in tune but sounds bright? This is due to the felt of the hammers being too dense. A Piano with this needs voicing usually down if the piano sounds mushy it usually needs voicing up.
My Piano Is Buzzing?
This is the number one service call, first take all objects off the piano (Pictures, Vases, etc.) and any such items on the wall close to the piano. If the Buzzing disappears it was one of the objects. If the buzz or rattle persists then you need a service call, “It is the Piano “.
I Dropped an Object Inside My Piano?
1. Stop Playing, 2. Close the keyboard cover 3.Call a technician. At best a loose foreign object in the piano can fall some place harmless. But it may damage parts worth hundreds of dollars. Not worth the risk, pencils, picks and coins should never be on the piano or keyboard.
I am thinking About Rebuilding My Piano How Long will it be Gone?
This Varies but as a rule most rebuilds take 4-6 weeks to Complete from parts arrival date. If the time is shorter it can be 4 weeks minimum. Any rebuild that take less than that to complete is having vital areas completely skipped or work that is not replacing the Parts of the piano. You pay for a Complete Rebuild, You Want that Complete Rebuild so expect good quality work to take Time.
Should I Keep a basin of Water In My Piano?
NO! It serves no purpose today as most homes have regulated furnaces and humidity control systems. All Humidity needs to come from outside the Piano. That Basin of water soaks up and dries out fast and promotes the Piano Killer (Rust). If Humidity is an issue for your piano buy the correct system. IE: “Damp Chaser system”.
My Piano sounds fine except for the Bass section?
If the tuning is fine and your piano is older and the bass is, “dull, mushy or dead” the issue is usually dead bass strings. Older Bass strings are frequently steel wound they sound dull even new. Today copper wound Bass strings are used.
What is a Humidity control Piano Life saver/ Damp Chaser System?
This is a system of heat and moisture control on the outside of piano it is the only acceptable way to control humidity. Consistent Piano Humidity aides greatly in both tuning stability and mechanical performance. The System is hidden from view and usually only an indicator light shows the status of the system.
What is an Upright Grand?
This is a misnomer that was used by dealers in the late 19-and early 20th century to sell 52 inch piano’s. Some uprights have Sostenuto Systems, none the less an upright piano is technically an upright piano, “Not a Grand Piano”.
What is the difference between a Grand and an Upright?
First they have a different shape and design. Ever thing from string length design of the keys and action are entirely different for both touch weight and performance. Grand Pianos are generally faster in response time for repetition and playing. The plate label was a marketing gimmick.
Why are some Piano’s different prices at the same size?
Usually this relates to first the Quality and detail of the casework. After that market place pricing is based on the quality of design and parts that make the instrument. An expensive grand is based on case, construction and quality of name.
What Does the Center Pedal Actually do???
There is some confusion around this issue. Different makes and models have different uses. Cheaper uprights use the pedal as a muffler/ Practice pedal, it mutes the piano. In more expensive piano’s it lifts the bass dampers only. Finally in most expensive Uprights and the majority of Grand's it is a Sostenuto Mechanism which allows an individual chord to be held while playing a melody line
How do I chose a brand Price Point.?
Choosing a brand is about personal taste, choosing a price point is about how much Quality you wish. Dealers have very structured and fair Pricing based on this but buying a new piano should not be about price “the cheapest” it should be about the best level of quality for the money.
I see used piano’s on web pages for free?
BUYER BEWARE take a technician to see it, you usually get what you pay for. In this case a free used Piano is usually finished its lifespan and requires thousands of dollars of repair. Sometime the Piano is 100 plus years old and has had no service or has been dropped. Always get an inspection appraisal the $80.00 will save you thousands.
How do I know if the used piano I am buying is worth the money?
Good Piano owners usually sell to trade up and will be glad to disclose who takes care of the instrument for them. You can usually phone them and ask for a condition report. If an owner does not wish to provide this have a certified technician of your own look at the instrument first before you but it.
Can an “aged” Piano be Good?
Yes it is possible for a piano with an old case that looks absolutely awful to have an adequate or even exception internal system. The Case and the mechanics are mutually exclusive much like a car. When you buy this you may need to budget thousands to refinish the case.
What are Inspection Reports?
Good Technicians do inspection reports for a fee, this usually includes the condition of every major critical area of an instrument. A Piano Tuner Technician will usually put this in writing and provide a detailed explanation letter to a client so they can make an informed decision. For purchasing an instrument in the used market the fee is well worth the price. Web sales sight unseen may have you paying thousands for an instrument that requires thousands in work.
Even after regular tuning my Piano doesn't stay in tune?
This is rare but can occur the Number 1 Culprit is drastic heat or humidity shifts. The Number 2 Culprit is the tuning pins are loose (Even Rarer and usually on old Pianos) Number 3 is a split or rotten pin block (Usually a result of flooding on the top)