Piano maintenance, or servicing, is called ‘tuning’. Every so often you will also need to book your piano in for a full service which includes ‘regulation’. Some people may also want to ‘voice’ their piano to make sure it sounds exactly the way they desire.
- All pianos need tuning. Tuning is the adjustment of each individual string’s tension so that they vibrate at frequencies that give the correct pitch
- The number of times you need to tune your piano will depend upon changes in climate, age, condition of the piano and how often it is used. Most pianos require a minimum of two tunings a year. New pianos with new strings may need more because the strings will need to stretch out much of their elasticity before they will hold constant tension
- If you keep your piano regularly tuned it will keep your piano healthy and help it to hold its pitch in the future
- It is important to find a professional tuner. Hutchings Pianos recommend the tuners listed below
- The cost of tuning varies according to each tuner, but is usually around $150-$200 plus parts and travel.
Regulation and Voicing
- Regulation differs from tuning. All pianos require regulation from time to time. Tuning adjusts strings, whereas regulation is the adjustment of the mechanical parts that comprise the action. There are over thirty-five points of adjustment per note in a grand piano and twenty-five in an upright so it is an important aspect of piano care
- Voicing, is when an experienced technician modifies the piano’s tone intensity and quality. A piano’s tone may be bright or mellow. There are no right or wrong tonal styles, except to ensure that the tone should be even throughout
For more information on regulation, voicing and how to notice when your piano may require these checks by a piano technician, request your free 36 page booklet, Australian Piano Buyers’ Guide.
Piano TunersHutchings Pianos can recommend a piano tuner or technician in your local area. Please see just some of our recommended tuners on this page. For further assistance in finding a tuner or technician please call us on (02) 9387 1376, or contact us.
Mr Andi HannaAndi Hanna Piano Tuning & Service
Andi is a highly regarded piano tuner and technician who specialises in tuning, regulation, repairs, restoration and evaluation of upright and grand pianos. He is nationally accredited through the Australasian Piano Tuners & Technicians Association, a registered member of the APTTA and PTTG NSW, a certified Alex.Steinbach, Yamaha and Kawai technician and an authorised PianoDisc installer.
Areas Covered: Sydney and surrounds.Email: email@example.com
Phone: 0408 979 819
Mr Alan Anderson
Ms Nada JaszHarmony Maintained
Nada was trained in the art of piano tuning by renowned Sydney piano technicians Ron Overs and Curtis Wilkinson. With over 17 years of experience in the music industry, Nada can tune and care for your pianos with the highest level of professionalism, whether that be in the home, academic or concert performance setting. She is also qualified to provide pre-purchase inspections and valuation services.
Areas Covered: Southern Highlands/Goulburn - in transit to and from Canberra - Sunday to Tuesday. Nowra - Wednesday. Wollongong - Fridays & Saturdays.Website: www.pianocare.com.au
Phone: 0414 343 034
Mr Owen Geary
Owen Geary Piano Tuning
Owen is highly experienced with most piano brands including full restoration and rebuilds. Owen is passionate about pianos and the piano industry. He graduated from the inaugural Advanced Certificate in Piano Technology in Melbourne.
Phone: 02 9419 5700
Reference: Edwards, P & Lee-Archer, A. The Australian Piano Buyers’ Guide. 2007. Studio 19 Imports (Aust) Pty Ltd, Launceston
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