Tuning visits usually comprise one or more of the following components:
• Tuning, to maintain the instrument at A=440 and restore the musical intervals to
• Voicing, to adjust the tone quality of the piano
• Regulating, to adjust the touch of the piano
• Repairs/lubrication, to take care of any small issues with the instrument
It's worth mentioning that tuning, voicing and regulating can all have an effect on one another.
The weather (particularly humidity) has a large impact on the piano's tuning, but the amount of
playing the piano gets and the condition of the instrument will also affect how well it stays in tune.
The skill of the tuner can also affect the tuning stability!
Manufacturers generally say that pianos should be tuned at least twice a year. I recommend
having your piano tuned at least once a year to maintain the
piano's musicality. This regular visit also means that
other things such as regulating and voicing can be
taken care of. Pianos contain many parts that are
felt/cloth/leather covered and as these
wear or compact (often unevenly),
the way these parts interact
changes which in turn can
alter the feel or tone. Concert
instruments should be tuned
before every performance.
Please don't be offended
if I prioritise my tuning
time to higher quality
grands) and pianos
that I've restored.