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Frequently Asked Questions about Piano Service and Tuning

Here are the answers to several of the most frequently asked questions regarding the care of pianos.

  1. What makes a piano go out of tune?
    The are several factors, but humidity change is the primary reason. The soundboard expands and contracts against the strings as moisture in the air fluctuates.

  2. How often should my piano be tuned?
    New pianos should be tuned 3 or 4 times the first year due to string stretch and settling. Once a year thereafter is minimum for good tuning stability and sound. A heavily used or performance piano will require more frequent tunings. Pianos go out of tune whether used or not, so one that's idle should still be tuned once a year.

  3. What happens if my piano isn't tuned?
    A neglected piano will never give you its full potential and can inhibit the ear training of students. String tension will gradually become greatly reduced making the piano sound flat, dull and lifeless. Returning the instrument to standard pitch (A-440) will be difficult at best. Special and costly procedures will be needed to restored the pitch and stability of the piano. String breakage is sometimes the result of this procedure escalating your maintenance cost even further.

  4. Can I put my piano on an outside wall?
    Yes. Homes today are well insulated. However, it is important to keep your piano away from heating/cooling vents, drafty doors and windows, and direct sunlight.

 

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