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Frequently Asked Questions

What problems occur if a piano is left without being tuned for a period of time?

A piano has around 13 tonnes of pressure on the frame, and for tuning stability this should be kept as constant as possible. If left untuned for an extended period of time, the pressure drops substantially, and the piano will 'fight' being pulled back up to pitch. Eventually, it will become impossible, making the piano untunable and irreparable. In addition, regular tuning can allow me to pick up and fix small issues, before they become major.

What are the benefits of regularly tuning my piano?

Firstly, pianos that are regularly tuned are more stable through changes in temperature & humidity, so generally sound better all year round. If the piano is under a warranty, this is almost always subject to the piano being tuned once a year. People are always shocked when their warranty claim is rejected due to insufficient tuning. Thirdly, it allows the tuner to solve minor problems at little or no additional cost if the tuner is already on site.

How often should I get my piano tuned?

For most pianos, a tuning once a year is sufficient, unless the piano is in a location that impacts (eg. excessive heat or moisture). Older pianos may need additional tunings to stabilise them and some of the new Chinese pianos will require at least 2 tunings a year, compared to Japanese pianos.

How do I protect my piano from insect damage or excessive moisture?

Moth and insect protection strips can be put inside the lower section of the piano (open the lower front door). Moisture absorbers (eg. Silica Gel bags, 'Hungry Hippos' and the like) can also be placed in the base of the piano. A soft material cover over the top will help keep dust out. These things can potentially save you thousands in repair costs.