A basic visit costs $160 for customers living in or near Seattle, Shoreline, Lynnwood, Bothell, Bellevue, etc.* This includes a full tuning, and up to a half hour of extra work which may include a pitch raise, regulation, small repairs, fixing sticky keys, fixing or aligning hammers, cleaning, lubricating, adjusting pedals, and voicing.
Replacing a broken string costs $30 for one string, or $20 each for multiple strings. For broken copper-wound bass strings, please ask for a quote, as I may be able to repair the string instead of replacing it. In the unlikely event that a string breaks during tuning, I will repair or replace it for free, however if your piano is regularly breaking strings that is usually indicative of some other problem.
Replacing missing ivory key tops costs about $12 per “head” or $10 per “tail”, if done in conjunction with a normal tuning appointment. (Replacements are “recycled” ivory for older pianos.) Replacing a complete set of ivory with acrylic or plastic costs $450. This includes planing down the key tops to account for the extra thickness of the acrylic over the original ivory, “notching” and finishing the sides, and leveling the keys.
Broken hammer shanks
Replacing a broken hammer shank (the stick that holds the hammer) usually costs about $30. If the hammer is missing completely it may be a bit more.
A special trip to evaluate a piano (without tuning) costs $85.
Other repairs or regulation:
For more time-intensive repairs or regulation, please ask for a quote. I generally charge about $55 per hour, depending on the job.
I also offer the following discounts:
$20 discount for return customers tuning their pianos at least once a year.
$15 per piano discount for households or businesses with multiple pianos, or for neighborhood friends scheduling tunings the same day.
$10 discount for starving college students
*For customers living north of Everett, south of Renton, or east of Issaquah/Redmond a nominal travel fee of $10-20 could be added.
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).