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Does My Piano Need Tuning?

Play the media file to the left. Then, play the (A) above middle (C). Is there a huge sound difference? Do you hear multiple beats between the two? The more beats per second, the further from pitch the piano is at. This is definitely not an exact science using this website interface, but it will give a good idea of how a tuner listens to the beats.
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Why do pianos need tuning?

Your piano needs to be tuned because, it is pulled out of tune by changes in temperature and humidity. As the humidity and temperature change, it alters the sound of the strings. Pianos are more sensitive to humidity changes than most people realize. As little as a 1% change in humidity can cause your piano to slightly shift.
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How often should my piano be tuned?

Your should have your piano tuned often enough to keep the pitch from falling more than 5%. In simpler terms, about every 6-12 months. Also after every move and before ever major performance. The correct frequency of tunings depends upon the piano and climactic conditions around the piano. Private homes are typically every 6-12 months. If the piano is in a commercial building, recording studio, or church, tunings will need to be more frequent.
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How do you tune a piano?

Your piano is tuned by adjusting the tension on each of your pianos 230+ strings. This while process takes 1-2 hours, depending on whether or not the tuning is a pitch raise, or if there are small repairs that need to be addressed. The piano is made up of over 1500 very small and delicate moving parts. Occasionally one of these parts will either break or get jammed by the pencil that accidentally dropped inside the piano. When this happens, there is no need to worry. Of the repairs we do, 95% have simple and quick solutions.
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Does my piano need a pitch raise?

Unfortunately, it is hard to tell if a piano needs a pitch raise without being there to examine it. If the piano hasn’t been tuned for over a year or two, there is a good chance it will need a pitch rase. Once the pitch of a piano falls below 10%, the strings will require moderate to extreme stretching. This makes the string unstable and requires more work to stabilize and fine tune the piano.

It is not uncommon to add 2,000-3,000 pounds of tension on a piano during a pitch adjustment. This is enough force to lift a small car off the ground. The greater distance from pitch, the greater the stretch of the strings. Depending on how far out the piano may be, it is common to have a few more frequent tunings in the first year to get the piano more stabilized.

Think of the string a a rubber band. If you put the rubber band around 2 fingers and pull them away from each other, you are creating more force. Over time, your fingers will need to spread further to keep the same tension. Strings on the piano produce the same results as the metal relaxes over time.