Piano Tuning Frequently Asked Questions 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY PIANO BE TUNED?

 Pianos should be tuned at least twice a year. Many piano owners and performers need more frequent tunings depending on frequency of use and hardness of playing. Recording studios and performance venues usually require a fine tuning before each use.

 

WHY DOES MY PIANO GO OUT OF TUNE?

 Pianos can go out of tune for various reasons. Seasonal changes cause variances in temperature, humidity and overall climate. These changes affect the piano's string tension (pitch) in unequal amounts, and that's when your piano's tone begins to sound "sour" or "tinny." 

 Also the pitch of the piano may rise (summer) or lower (winter) significantly before tonal change even becomes apparent. That's why maintaining your piano's tuning is critical for beginning students, as well as professionals-- especially vocalists--- for correct pitch perception.

 

WHAT IS A FINE TUNING?

 A "fine tuning" brings the piano into correct note-to-note relationships based on the standardized A-440 ("Concert A") pitch as a reference point. Your piano is designed to perform optimally at this pitch level.

 

WHAT IS A "PITCH ADJUSTMENT" OR "PITCH RAISE"?

 A "pitch adjustment" or "pitch raise" (or "pitch lowering") is sometimes required when a piano's pitch level falls significantly below or above standard pitch. This additional tuning is performed to pre-condition the piano for the "fine tuning".

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