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 thepiano'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. The more often a piano is tuned, the better it will stay
Some tuners will tune a piano flat or "where the pitch is at" as this is often less work.
I never do that. If I deem a piano unable to be brought to concert or "international"
pitch of A=440cps, then I won't tune it.
A flat piano is not actually in tune!
Please note that I only service acoustic pianos. I do not service digital keyboards.