Maintenance and care

Piano tuning

Your upright or grand piano should always be kept in tune for three reasons: regular tuning is essential for preserving its value, contributes to your playing pleasure and is a sine qua non for training a beginner’s ear.

Why is regular piano tuning important?

The slightest changes in temperature or humidity will affect the crown of your piano’s soundboard, and thus the tension on the strings as well. This puts the instrument out of tune, which must be corrected by a qualified piano tuner.

How often should I call a piano tuner?

You should call in the piano tuner at least once – better twice – per year, ideally at the beginning and end of the heating period. This is the only way to maintain optimum tonal quality, and your instrument’s tunability over the long term. If your piano has not been tuned for a longer period of time, it may be necessary to adjust the pitch in a series of steps to ensure the best possible tuning stability.

How do I recognize a good piano tuner?

A good piano tuner achieves harmonious and lasting tuning. He or she should also inform you on the overall condition of the action assembly and give you advice on proper care of the various parts of your instrument. A concert technician is a highly qualified piano tuner who is able to meet the high demands of professional pianists before a concert or a studio recording.

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