Piano Tuning, Repair and Restoration
“A PIANO IN TUNE IS A JOY TO ALL”
Len Hess Piano Service
Piano Tuner or Technician?
A Piano Tuner will be able to keep your piano sounding full and vibrant. They are focused on how your piano sounds. They may not be able to deal with a squeaky pedal or a sticking key. Not all piano tuners are technicians. A technician will be able to address the repair and maintenance of your piano and the tuning. Most piano technicians are piano tuners.
How often does my piano need tuning?
Every pianist is as different as their pianos. Most piano manufacturers recommend the piano be tuned four times during the first year. Then twice a year after. Every piano should be tuned at least once a year.
What the manufacturers say:
All pianos need to be tuned regularly. The amount of time between tunings for a fine instrument depends on many factors, especially the stability of the temperature and humidity and the amount of use the piano receives. In general, Kawai recommends 2 to 4 tunings per year. However, your piano technician can best recommend the appropriate interval for your specific environmental conditions and use. –Kawai
To get the best performance out of your piano, make sure to have it serviced regularly by a qualified technician. In the first year after purchase,Len Hess and Kevin Hess in the Workshop have the piano tuned at least three times, to account for its acclimation to your home’s environment. After that, have it tuned at least once a year. A piano should be tuned to A-440 cps or standard pitch, but the pitch is only one variable that your technician can adjust. –National Piano Foundation
Piano tuning should be carried out by an experienced tuner or technician. Frequent tuning during the first year, as the strings, adapt and tuning pins settle. Afterwards, your piano should need tuning at least twice a year. Professional playing needs tuning three or four times a year. It is important for the pitch to be A-440 as changes in pitch can cause the tuning to become unstable –Steinway & Sons