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Here are some frequently asked questions that might be of assistance to you on making the best decisions when it comes to your piano’s servicing and maintenance.

Piano Tuning And Maintenance

  1. How often should I tune my piano?

    • The are a couple of variable that needs to be considered in order to determine the frequency of piano tuning needed for your piano. The condition and status of your piano, the work load of the piano (how often it is played), and the weather changes that your piano is exposed to are some of those variables.
      1. If your piano is a house piano “a piano in your home that is played regularly”, and is still in good condition, it is recommended that you have your piano tuned every 4 months at the least to avoid unchecked advanced wear and tear and to make sure that your piano is always in good condition and is in standard tuning all the time.
      2. If your piano is a commercial piano “a piano used commercially as a hotel, or bar piano”, which is used and played everyday and has a heavier work load, it is recommended that you have your piano tuned and serviced every 2 months.
  2. What to expect from your acoustic piano if your piano has not been tuned for a long time.

    • An acoustic piano no that is not properly and regularly maintained can present more problems in the long run.
      • It can lead to unchecked wear and tear in the piano’s machine that if not addressed on time, might be costly to repair or fix, if it still can be repaired or fixed.
      • It can put your acoustic piano in a “Sub-standard Tuning” state. It means that your piano’s tuning can slip lower than the Standard 440 tuning if not monitored by regular tuning and maintenance.
      • If your piano’s tuning is way under the Standard 440 tuning, your piano’s tuning stability can be compromised, and it might be necessary for more multiple piano tuning sessions to get your piano’s tuning stability back into place.
  3. How will I know if my piano is out of tune and already needs tuning?

    • In general, when your piano is not producing a clear sound, or you hear multiple sound when pressing just one key at a time specially in the middle register and high register of the piano, your piano already needs tuning.
      • If you are not sure, you can consult Pro Piano Tuner for FREE by doing the following steps:
        1. Record your piano by pressing and holding one key for about 3 seconds at a time using your mobile phone.
        2. Send us an email with the recorded sound attached to ppt@networkinc.net
        3. Make sure the email contains your mobile phone number so we can contact you personally with urgent matters regarding your piano.
  4. Can piano tuning be done completely and properly in one hour?

    1. NOIt is virtually impossible to do a complete piano tuning in one hour.
      • Depending on the piano, a standard 88 keys large grand piano has more or less 230 individual strings in it. Each note has three strings in the treble, two strings in the tenor and part of the bass, and only one in the very low bass. Most have 65 trebles (X 3=195), 12 tenor/bass (X 2=24), and 11 single low bass, so it comes out to 230. But that’s a large grand, so you need to look in your piano and count them up.

        If a piano tuner can tune at a rate of 1 minute / string, He still needs 230 Minutes (3.8 Hours) to completely and properly tune a piano.

        Even if the piano tuner is fast and can tune at a rate of 30 seconds / string, he will still need at least 115 Minutes (1.9 Hours) to completely and properly tune a piano.

      • In more than 30 years of experience in piano tuning and servicing, the fastest complete professional piano tuning procedure we have ever undertaken was 2 hours from start to finish. From the opening of the piano to the closing of the piano.
    2. If a piano tuner allegedly tuned your piano in 1 hour, you can be sure that your piano was not properly tuned completely and correctly.

Tips on what to do before selling your Piano

Prospect buyers of used or second hand pianos always want to purchase a used or second hand piano with best condition as possible. Having your piano tuned and serviced before putting it up for sale is recommended to show the prospected buyer the actual condition and status of your piano and to command a higher appraisal price.

Always remember that Buy & Sell agents of used or second hand pianos, are just like used car sales men. They always want to buy your GOOD piano when it is NOT in it’s best condition so that they can put down their price offer or bid to buy your piano.

  1. Have your piano Serviced and Tuned by an independent professional piano tuner.
    • It is recommended that you have your piano serviced and tuned by an independent professional piano tuner before putting your piano up for sale so you can have an unbiased assessment of the actual condition of your piano.
    • Having your piano tuned before putting it up for sale puts your piano in its best condition. You can then command a higher appraisal price depending on the best condition of your used or second hand piano.