"What makes my piano go out of
"Since the piano contains
materials such as wood and felt it is subject to change
with climatic conditions. Extreme swings from hot to
cold, or dry to wet cause its materials to swell and
contract, affecting pitch, tone and action response or
touch. You can reduce the severity of these effects by
placing your piano on a wall away from windows or doors
that open frequently. Avoid heating and air conditioning
vents, fireplaces and direct sunlight. A piano also goes
out of tune due to routine playing of the instrument."
"How often should I have my
"Most piano manufacturers
recommend that a new piano be tuned four times a year
while settling takes place, which is usually within the
first year. Once this has occurred a piano should be
tuned twice a year. Of course piano owners may receive
optimum performance from their piano by having it tuned
more frequently. Tuning your piano regularly will help
to ensure it’s performance for your lifetime. Ask your
technician about regulation and voicing services as
"How can I protect my piano
against drastic humidity changes?"
"Installation of a Piano
Life-Saver system by Dampp-Chaser® will prove beneficial
for your piano. This system automatically controls
humidity within the piano, maintaining it at a
wood-friendly 42% humidity. The Piano Life Saver system
will pay for itself many times over during the life of
the piano in reduced tunings and eliminated action
repairs due to humidity cycling. It will prevent the
growth of toxic mold inside of your piano. This system
must be installed by a trained piano technician. As a
CERTIFIED INSTALLER Seroe Michaud
offers full installations on grand and vertical pianos.
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"How long will it take to have
my piano tuned?"
"A standard tuning takes
approximately 90 minutes. If your piano has not been tuned
annually was "tuned low" your piano may
require a pitch raise. This process will take an extra
60 - 90 minutes as your piano will actually be tuned 2-3
times. Seroe will measure the A above middle C to a
digital machine to determine how far below A 440
(standard pitch) the piano may be. Although uncommon,
sometimes pianos can be sharp requiring a pitch
lowering. A similar process would apply."
"What is a pitch raise?"
"If your piano has not
been tuned for a long time (3 years or more), it
could be as much as a quarter step or more out of tune.
As a result, bringing the piano up to pitch could add
over two tons of pressure to the frame and plate. This
requires tuning the piano two or more times to equalize
the tension along the entire harp of the piano. The
first tuning is a rough tuning called a pitch raise
which is then followed by the fine tuning. If a pitch
raise is not done, as one section of the piano is tuned,
the warping effect would cause the other sections to go
out of tune."
"How far from standard pitch must
a piano be before a pitch raise is necessary?"
"I will measure the pitch of
your piano using a digital tuning machine to determine
how far from A440 it is flat. If it is over 15 cents
flat I will be doing a pitch raise as well as a fine
tuning. If it is over 50 cents flat I will be doing at
least two pitch raises and a fine tuning.
In general, the longer a piano has gone without regular
service, the more tunings will be required to
re-establish tuning stability."
"What is voicing?"
"Voicing has to do with the
tone produced by the piano, and it is done after
regulation. Strings are leveled and hammers are fit to
the strings. Then hammers are treated to achieve the
balance between attack, color and sustain that the
"Regulation has to do with the
action and leverage adjustments. Regulation tends to
change as felt becomes packed and hardened through use
and is also affected by humidity changes. To correct for
these changes, keys need to be adjusted for even height, spacing and regulation depth of travel. The rest of
the action is then adjusted to idealize all
relationships and obtain the best "touch." Dampers are
regulated to evenly leave and return to the strings
expensive is it to have a piano tuned?"
tuning your piano will take about 90 minutes or more and
requires a trip to your location. Our rates are among
the lowest offered in the area.
or email us for price quote.
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