Tuning

Fine piano tuning is a combination of technical and artistic skill. Becoming a highly skilled piano tuner-technician is much like becoming a highly skilled musician.  It takes knowledge, practice, and experience. 

With over 200 strings in your piano, each at over 100 pounds of tension, tuning your instrument frequently will insure that it remains at the factory prescribed level, typically A 440. Most people who play regularly would benefit from tuning twice a year. It is a preventative maintenance. 

  • Starts at Only $125 (plus applicable tax).

 

The Specifics

An 88-key piano has 230 strings. Tenor and treble notes have three strings for each key, while bass notes have two strings, then one as you reach the lowest bass notes. Each of these strings is twisted around a tuning pin, which controls the tension of the string, thus regulating its pitch. A piano is tuned by adjusting the tension of each string by turning these tuning pins.

 

The Process

  1. Check the overall deviation from concert pitch "A 440" across all octaves of the piano.
  2. The "Accu-Tuner" Program then creates a tuning that is derived from the measurement of three stretch numbers (notes F3, A4, and C6) on the piano being tuned. The "FAC" program includes both an optimum partial selection and a calculated cents setting for all 88 notes on the piano.
  3. Apply the custom tuning to the Temperament Octave, usually F3 to F4, which contains "Middle C" or C4.
  4. Tune the remaining notes and unisons based on the temperament.
  5. Once complete, fine tune as needed.

 

What You can Do

  1. Make sure the area will be quiet.
  2. Make sure we will have enough time.
  3. Make sure the piano is clear, both On and Around, of objects, .
  4. Make sure the area is well lit.

Tuning Requiring a Pitch Raise

A pitch raise is a preliminary tuning which must be done on pianos that are out of tune by more than -20 cents. The purpose of a pitch raise is to return all the strings to the correct tension.

A pitch raise tuning is a rough “pre-tensioning” of the piano strings and “pre-pressurization” of the sound board to create a more stable final tuning. This is necessary when the piano has dropped significantly in pitch. The reason we do this is because the act of pulling the strings up to pitch puts enormous amounts of tension on the piano, which can alter the previously tuned strings.

*It is also possible that a piano has dropped so far in pitch that it can only be partially raised toward the correct standard pitch. This typically occurs when a piano has dropped greater than 100% in pitch.

  • Only $200 (plus applicable tax).
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E-mail:  JohnstonPianoTuning@gmail.com

 

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