When and How Often should I have my piano tuned?
Have your piano tuned as often as you feel necessary, but a minimum of every 6-9 months is the rule of thumb.
Generally speaking, when you turn off your heating in the spring and when you turn it on again in the Autumn you will not be far away from needing your piano tuned. Pianos under 'industry standards' should be tuned twice a year. We allow pianos to go up to 9 months between a tuning under the terms of our guarantees.
How often you have your piano tuned depends entirely on the individual piano. How often is it played? Where is situated? Is it in a conservatory? Or a room where the temperature fluctuates regularly?
All these factors play a part on the tuning of a piano. More modern pianos can withstand tempertature fluctuations a lot better than older pianos.
A professional pianist playing their piano for 6 hours a day will require more regular tuning than other pianos, sometimes 4 times a year.
What's Piano Regulation?
The inner playing mechanism, call the "action" of a piano, is an amazingly complex and sensitive machine. Like any other machine, it needs to be kept in adjustment so that it works the way it was meant to work when it was built. Each key on your piano has over 25 points of adjustment that need to work together to produce the sound you hear when you play just one note!
In order to compensate for wear, compacting of cloth & felt, and changes in wooden parts due to humidity, periodic adjustments must be made. Keeping the correct relationship between every part will prevent unnecessary wear, and will make the action "feel right" - that is, each key will function smoothly and evenly throughout the whole keyboard. No more sticking keys, uneven feel, notes that don't do what you want them to do, pedals that don't work properly, squeaks, clicks, rattles, buzzes and so on.
What's Piano Voicing?
Every piano has its own distinct sound or "voice". In many ways, that's how it was built and that is its personality. But over time, the more a piano is played, the more the hammer felt that strikes the strings wears down and compacts.
This hardening can cause the tone to become too harsh or bright, and it's difficult to produce a wide or even range of expression, no matter how much you try to play using dynamics. In other situations, the piano may seem too dull or lifeless for your taste.
Either way, a technician can treat the hammers in various ways: by aligning, shaping, careful needling or hardening the hammers, in order to get the tone you're looking for. Keep in mind, however, that a piano has to be finely tuned and regulated before it can be voiced.
Our piano tuning services cover a wide area including piano tuning in Surrey, Berkshire, London, Hampshire, Kent, and beyond.