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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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