How often should my piano be tuned?
What is a 'pitch raise' and why is it sometimes necessary?
How long will a piano tuning take?
What causes pianos to go out of tune?
Do I need to send my children out of the house during an appointment?
What forms of payment do you accept?
Do you have perfect pitch?
Are there types of work that you don't do?
Do you have any references?
I'd like to rent a piano. Do you know of any resources?
How do I get rid of an old piano?
Where can I learn more about pianos?
- Pianoworld.com is a great resource with all kinds of references. They even have a forum where you can ask questions and get answers, but be careful as some of the technicians there can bite.
- Wikipedia is always a fun place, and if they’re missing something you can always add it yourself.
- In addition to these, I recently started a piano tuning blog of my own that you are welcome to peruse.
Tuning: A full tuning includes everything needed to get a piano in tune and working, which may include a "pitch raise" and/or minor repairs, such as fixing sticky keys, misaligned hammers, and annoying buzzes.
Regulation: Making sure the parts of the piano work together properly. This will improve the feel of the piano, increase control and response, and eliminate problems like double-hitting hammers, non-working dampers, sticking keys, etc.
Repairs: This can involve fixing or replacing anything that is broken or missing, including key ivories, pedals, screws, hammers, strings, keys, action parts, hinges, knobs, etc.
Refurbishment: Includes replacing old worn felt, replacing hinge pins for hammers and action parts, replacing hammers or dampers, installing new keytops, restringing, etc.
Voicing: Modifying a piano's hammers to achieve a better tone (often via softening the felt or reshaping the hammers).