We provide tuning and maintenance for all types of pianos for clients throughout Toronto and the GTA. During your tuning session one of our Piano Technicians will complete a complimentary maintenance inspection of your piano.
Other piano services we offer include cleaning/detailing, repairs, regulation and voicing.
What is Tuning?
There are more than 200 strings in a piano, which are stretched at high tension across a cast-iron frame. By turning the tuning pins, the tension can be tightened or slackened thus altering the pitch. During your tuning session our Technician will adjust the tension of each of the piano strings so that the pitch of each string sounds pleasant. Generally a piano is tuned to concert pitch A440.
Why do Pianos go out of Tune?
All pianos no matter if they are played or not or if they are old or new will go out of tune. The major factor causing pianos to go out of tune is the change in humidity from season to season.
Although all pianos go out of tune, some may go out of tune more frequently. Excessive and hard playing may cause a piano to need tuning more often. Some pianos have a soundboard that is very responsive to humidity and this responsiveness may culminate in the piano needing to be tuned more often.
How Often Should I Have my Piano Tuned?
We recommend having your piano tuned twice a year. A piano should be tuned approximately 1-2 months after the air conditioning is turned on and again 1-2 months after the heat is turned on. Most people will have their pianos tuned on a yearly basis. Should you choose to have your piano tuned yearly it should be tuned at the same time each year to avoid major pitch adjustments.
The Dampp-Chaser humidifier/dehumidifier system can assist in maintaining a stable humidity level within a piano thus prolonging the tuning stability. Please click here to find out more about Dampp-Chaser Systems.
What is a Pitch Adjustment?
Many older pianos and/or pianos that have not been tuned in many years may require a pitch adjustment. During the tuning session the Technician will roughly tune the piano a few times before completing the standard or fine tuning.
There are many intricate parts within your piano. Rather than cleaning it yourself and potentially damaging the internal parts or finish, we recommend having a Technician complete a thorough detailing of the inside and outside of your piano. This service can be done during your tuning session.
Some minor piano repairs can be completed in your home. Sometimes older pianos or pianos that have not been maintained in many years may need to be brought into the shop for more extensive work. The Technician will bring more extensive repairs to your attention.
In-home repairs may include:
- key and ivory repair
- string replacement
- felt, knob and button replacement
- touch-up and refinishing of the cabinet
Regulation is the process of making adjustments to the piano’s action to compensate for the effects of wear and atmospheric changes on the wood and cloth. During your tuning session the Technician can evaluate your piano’s need for regulation. It should be completed regularly based on the amount of use the piano gets.
Voicing, or tone regulation, is the adjustment of the tone of the piano. This is done by changing the density or hardness of the hammer felt. Note to note evenness of tone, or sometimes a broader changing of a pianos voice will be the result. This is a highly specialized skill and should not be attempted by most piano technicians who do not have the extensive experience required.