Piano Care FAQs
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How often should
my piano be tuned?
The standard manufacturer's warranty recommendation is two (2) times
a year. More often is not uncommon with regular vigorous use, also
due to condition and age. Per standard manufacturer's warranty, new
pianos may need four (4) tunings in the first year, because the
strings stretch and the wood is adapting to the pressure.
Do pianos need
tuning if they're not played much?
Yes. There's a tremendous amount of tension in a piano, which is
gradually released over time, making pianos go flat. Each string
has about 150 pounds of pressure on it. With 220 strings in a typical
piano, two or three strings on most notes, there's about sixteen
tons of tension. Pianos that are not maintained regularly may require
additional service to bring back to standard pitch and sound good.
Does it harm
a piano not to tune it?
Normally No, if brought back to standard pitch by a qualified tuner.
Although a piano not tuned for many years may be difficult to bring
back to proper pitch. If a piano has not been tuned regularly, it
may need what is called a "pitch raise" which is a procedure to
properly and safely bring a piano sound back to normal. If a piano
has not been tuned for some time, it may need two or more tunings
over a period of months for it to stabilize back to standard pitch.
Other than tuning,
what other maintenance may be needed?
A piano has over 9,000 parts, many in motion repeatedly while being
played. Minor repairs may be needed from time to time due to "sticking
keys", broken strings, or other malfunctioning part; this is not
uncommon regardless of the manufacturer or age. Action Regulation will
be in order after some years to adjust the myriad of parts back
to specifications which greatly affects the touch and responsiveness
of your piano. Voicing may be an option if the sound or tone of
your piano is not what it used to be; felt hammers that have experienced
years of use may need to be filed or replaced.
a piano throw it out of tune?
Maybe. It's not so much the move but the change of environment;
humidity and temperature. A carefully moved piano across a room
or in another room may be fine however a distance move by truck
will require the piano to be tuned. When the temperature and/or
humidity levels change suddenly, the piano will gradually adapt
to it, taking at least two to three weeks to adjust to a new environment.
You should wait that long before having it tuned.