Frequently asked questions

How often should I get my piano tuned?

Piano's should be tuned every 12 months, but ideally every 6 months. If a piano is moved it will need tuning once it has adapted to its new environment. Piano manufacturers recommend that new pianos should be tunes 4 times in the first year and twice a year thereafter.

Why does a piano go out of tune?

There are many factors that cause a piano to go out of tune. The main reason a piano will go out of tune over time, is atmospheric changes. That is, changes to humidity and changes in temperature. Pianos are made with an iron frame, a wooden soundboard and steel strings, all which will expand and contract at a different degree with atmospheric changes.

Where should I position my piano in my home?

Ideally, a piano should be positioned against a wall that is away from windows and doors that let in cooler or hotter air than where the piano is positioned. It is not wise to put a piano near a heating or cooling vent , open fire or in direct sunlight. All these factors can have an effect on the piano's ability to stay in tune, as pianos are affected by atmospheric changes.

How much does it cost to tune a piano?

The cost of tuning a piano can vary and will be dependent upon the piano condition and location of the piano. The "average" cost of a piano tune is $180, but if there is additional maintenance work required on the piano, there may be an added cost. This will be discussed before tuning/maintenance work commences. I offer a discount on these rates to pensioners and churches. Payment can be completed with Credit Card or Cash

Why does an "in-tune" piano get played more

A person's brain can determine when something sounds correct or when it is "off key". The "in-tune" piano creates harmonics that the brain identifies as correct and provides the listener with a feeling of joy. For the piano player, there is a feeling of joy and "warmth" when the piano sound (harmonics) is correct and is in tune. This then leads to the piano being played more. For parents encouraging their children to practice the piano, an "in-tune" piano is essential.