Q: What do you charge to tune a piano?
A: The price of a tuning is anywhere from $100-125.00 + 6% sales tax, depending on how badly the piano is out of tune. Repairs, if needed, are extra and will be quoted on site before any work is done.
Q: Do you tune by ear or with an electronic tuner?
A: I love to tune by ear. I start with an A tuning fork and go from there. Hearing the overtones and partials of the vibrating strings as they start to blend is a beautiful sound. It’s for this reason that I prefer to create every tuning by listening with my ears, rather than watching the meter on an electronic device. The result is a fine tuning tailored specifically to your piano.
Q: Do you service pianos in my area?
A: My service area includes Lawrence, Mercer, Butler, and parts of Beaver, Armstrong, Venango, Crawford, and Clarion Counties in western PA. So generally, New Castle, New Wilmington, Ellwood City, Princeton, Porterville, Mercer, Sharon, Hermitage, West Middlesex, Volant, Grove City, Butler, Sarver, Cabot, Saxonburg, Slippery Rock, Zelienople, Evans City, Beaver Falls, Harmony, Cranberry, Mars, Kittanning, Ford City, Clarion, Knox, Summerville, Oil City, Franklin, Greenville, Meadville, New Bethlehem, and Shippenville are some areas. If you don’t see your location listed, it’s easy to contact me and ask.
Q: Do you service digital or electric pianos?
A: I don’t. My piano service is focused on acoustic pianos only.
Q: How much time will you need to tune my piano?
A: Typically, a tuning takes 1-1 1/2 hours. This depends on how long it’s been since it’s been done. Of course, more time will be needed if repairs also need done.
Q: What is voicing?
A: While tuning puts each string in the piano at its proper pitch, voicing addresses tone. Piano hammers are made of felt covered wood. If the felt becomes hard or grooved, the tone of the piano can become harsh and “bright.” Conversely, if the felt is too soft, the piano can sound mushy. Voicing works with the felt to restore it to its proper density so the piano will sound its best.
Q: What is regulating?
A: There are thousands of moving parts in a piano’s mechanism, which we call the “action.” All of these parts must be correctly adjusted to very close tolerances for the piano to play properly and be responsive to your touch. Through wear and seasonal changes, the parts get out of adjustment. Regulating puts everything back into order.
Q: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
A: I’m still working on that one, but will get back to you as soon as I have an answer!