What is piano tuning?
According to Wikipedia:
Piano tuning is the act of making minute adjustments to the tensions of the strings of an acoustic piano . . . so that the instrument is in tune. The strings of a piano vary in thickness, with bass strings thicker than treble. In the context of piano tuning, the term ‘in tune’ is not simply a particular fixed set of pitches. Piano tuning requires an assessment of the vibration interaction among notes, which is different for every piano.
How do pianos get out of tune?
Pianos go out of tune mainly due to changes in humidity. Long-term low-humidity/high humidity environment will eventually cause the soundboard to crack other wooden parts to warp.
What can I do to control the humidity around my piano?
Just like good cigars need a humidor, your piano may need a humidifier or dehumidifier. Keeping the humidity around your piano between 30% to 50% can prevent serious damage over the life of your piano. Call us to set an appointment to check out your piano’s environment.
How much does it cost to tune my piano?
Piano tuning cost $125.00. That being said, if it has been two years or longer since the last tuning you may need a pitch raise also called a “pitch correction”. Basically, a pitch raise is a tuning done before the regular tuning. A pitch raise cost $80.00 and up.
Do you charge extra if I don’t live in the San Antonio area?
Len Hess Piano Service makes regular trips west, east and south of San Antonio. Please give us a call to see what our schedule looks like and if you’d like to set an appointment. Call (210)-733-5961
Why should I hire Len Hess to tune my piano?
Len Hess is a second-generation piano tuner/technician. He began tuning pianos with his father, servicing San Antonio and South Texas. Piano tuning is a skill Len Hess has been mastering for over 40 years.
Len is also a musician. He has learned the trumpet, the piano, and the stand-up bass. He’s been playing music longer than he’s been tuning pianos. This is true about most of his family. Musicians who are piano tuner/technicians.
Tuning a piano requires knowledge, skill, and a good ear. The love of music is a great bonus. That’s what you get with Len Hess Piano Service. A skilled musician determined to give you the best sounding instrument possible. Exactly as he expects from his own.
How often should I get my piano tuned?
Most piano manufacturers recommend that pianos be tuned twice a year. The longer a piano remains out of tune, the longer it will take for a technician to restore the proper pitch.
How long does it take to tune a piano?
Usually between an hour and a half to two hours.