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Piano Tuning


Piano tuning is both a science and an art. All pianos should be tuned at least once a year to maintain a high standard of musical playability, although some pianos will stay in tune longer than others. By leaving a piano untuned for any longer than a year the piano will, by its nature, begin to slowly unwind. Left long enough, it will find its equilibrium way below concert pitch. Many people don't realise the huge difference a fine tuning can make to an ordinary-sounding piano. 


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There are three main categories of piano tuning:


Domestic Tuning

This category of tuning generally refers to the 'family' piano. Typically most pianos in this category need at least one tuning a year, if not two, dependent on the age and quality of the instrument.


Most houses are centrally heated which makes older pianos more unstable and, in turn, in need of a bit more attention.


Modern pianos are generally constructed with central heating in mind but will still need a regular annual tuning. 


Music Teachers

Generally speaking, I have found piano teachers require more tunings per year. This is simply due to the fact they use their instruments on a daily basis for lessons, putting more demands on the piano and its tonal output. 



Concert Tunings

This tuning category refers to the large concert hall pianos or any piano engaged in a professional capacity for an audience, including church and school pianos.  


Most of these pianos are of the highest quality and require to be kept in optimal conditions for regular performances. 

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