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• What is involved in tuning a piano?
      The tuner when he tunes your piano is keeping it up-to-pitch and keeping the intervals between notes correct. All instruments are tuned to a “standard pitch” of A 440. To keep your piano at a standard pitch of A 440, requires regular visits by a qualified tuner because the strings will stretch and loosen with time.


• What is a pitch raise?
     Sometimes the tuner will find your piano to be way out-of-pitch - not up to A440. If this is the case, the piano will require a “pre-tuning” or “pull-up” of strings to bring the piano to proper pitch and stable enough to tune your piano.

• How often should I tune my piano?
     Most musicians who regularly play their piano have their piano tuned twice a year. Not all budgets can afford that, so we recommend at least once a year. Regular servicing and tuning will keep your instrument in optimum condition for playing and help you avoid more costly repairs.

A well-tuned piano will provide enjoyment for the entire family, enhance your piano playing experience and maintain the value of your piano! Steinway & Sons, for example, recommends that a piano should be tuned 3 or 4 times a year.

• What is “voicing” a piano?
     Pianos can be made to sound many different ways. A tuner can adjust the sound to make the tone loud and bright, or mellow and smooth. Discuss this option with Al.

• Why does my piano need to be regulated?
     The piano action is the heart of the piano. From time-to-time it needs regulating or adjusting. The touch of a piano is personal to each player -- even our children. That having been said, the industry has set a standard for the correct feel of an action. By doing this, there is a similarity in touch from one piano to another. A qualified technician will work with you to find that place where it is within the industry standard and your personal touch.


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