Tuning a piano is the process of adjusting the tension of its strings, altering their pitch, or frequency of vibration. Slightly turning the tuning pins to which they’re attached, so that each string sounds pleasingly in harmony with every other string. This harmony is achieved by tuning the piano according to certain known acoustical laws and aesthetic rules and customs. A piano should be tuned at least once a year, and for those who regularly play it is recommended that tunings be done at least twice per year. If a piano has not been tuned for an extended period of time (more than a year), typically the overall pitch
(frequency of the notes) will drop and require a "Pitch Raise" prior to a standard tuning.
Whatever Your Tune......Always Stay In It
WHY IS TUNING IMPORTANT
To experience the fullest possible sound and beauty of your piano, it must be properly tuned. The primary reason for a regular Tuning schedule is to keep the combined string tension up to A-440 and equalized against the soundboard/bridges and cast iron plate. A tuned piano is extremely important for Ear Training in young musicians and professionals alike, but also important for the audience.
Have your piano tuned as often as
you feel necessary and I say this because it depends on the condition, the environment in which it is located and the musical demands of the owner. We recommend that a piano be tuned at least twice a year, 6 - 8 months is key.
Keep in mind that every piano is subject to one or more factors that will make it go out of tune, including:
- Moving a Piano
- Humidity changes
- Temperature changes
- Stretching of strings
- Slipping tuning pins
- Hard use
WHAT IS A PITCH RAISE
If your piano didn't have a regular tuning schedule or it hasn’t been tuned in a very long time it can be much harder to get it back in tune at Concert Pitch A-440. A Pitch Correction/Raise is a preliminary
tuning performed prior to a regular tuning. Also known as a “pitch correction” or a "pre-tuning", this procedure is often associated with the term “double-tuning”. A pitch raise changes the overall tension on your piano's structure, up to 22 Tonnes!! the individual strings so that a fine tuning will hold its stability.
For example, the "Pitch Raise" also referred as a "Pitch Correction" is performed first then a "Fine Tuning Adjustment" right after. This procedure is done at the same appointment and it takes 1.5 - 2 hours. In some cases, the piano may need more tunings to establish tuning stability. So the general rule is that you should keep your piano in tune as much as you can. If you tune your piano often enough you save money but most importantly, your instrument tuning becomes very stable.
You NEVER save by putting off a tuning.
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