PIANO TUNING IN SAN DIEGO, CA
A piano is different from other musical instruments due to its size and complexity. While you can easily tune a guitar at home, you will need specialized tools in order to do the same with your piano. A decent chromatic tuner alone can set you back over $500, and even then it is possible for you to make mistakes during the procedure.
Utilizing our professional piano tuning service is the best course of action you can take. Not only have we built a stellar reputation in San Diego for the quality we deliver, but we can also undertake any repairs required to make your piano sound like its brand new!
Take a look below to know when it is time to tune your piano and how we can help make this process easier.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD A PIANO BE TUNED?
When pianos are not played much, keys and strings tend to get “rusty”. It is suggested that anyone who once played its piano daily, but for whatever reason had to stop, gets its piano tuned a day prior to playing it again.
The frequency in which you get your piano tuned is indicative of how much it is played, the brand of piano, and what style it is. For example:
- Baldwin pianos should be serviced four times during the first year of ownership, then twice per year thereafter.
- Schimmel pianos may require two to three tunings per year.
- Yamaha pianos can be more or less depending on its age.
- Samick pianos, which are top-of-the-line, should be serviced three times the first year, and two to three times thereafter.
WHAT IS PITCH CORRECTION?
Pianos sounding too flat or overly sharp may require pitch correction to correct octave and syncopation. We will use a professional piano tuner to bring the pitch to around A440, which is normally measured at the A above middle C, requiring only a brief pass to apply the precise bearing on your piano’s soundboard.
New pianos come from factory at pitch. Over time, playing will naturally wear down your piano’s ability to hold notes. This is when you will need to think about pitch correction. If you recently bought a used piano, getting your pitch corrected should be an immediate requirement prior to playing it.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TUNE A PIANO?
Our technicians usually require 1.5 hours to tune your piano, although that time could be less if you are not far off pitch. Expect two hours total to allow for unforeseen repairs and general discussion about pianos with us. We will talk your ear off about pianos, because that is all we do.
If you have not played your piano in several months or a year, and the tuning takes less than 30 minutes, our technicians would double-check their work because tuning is an art and takes time; one cannot rush piano tuning and expect the pitch to be perfect.
Tuning and other servicing will usually be done in the same visit and we can extend the session based on what is needed. Key replacement and pitch correction could take 3 hours, for example.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PIANO REPAIR AND TUNING
Any piano will require tuning after a certain amount of time. However, if your piano does not sound like it should, it could also be due to mechanical or structural faults which require piano repair work instead.
Piano restoration is a much more complex and advanced process that can only be performed by a trained technician. Even a simple piano has at least hundreds of moving parts (some of the high-end models such as those by Steinway and Sons have over 10000). As such, it is prudent to have an expert take care of any problems associated with your cabinet, keys, or action regulation.
Call us now to get an estimate of the costs associated with tuning or repairing your piano and make your musical instrument sound pitch-perfect once again!