Tuning Service Description:
Piano tuning is adjusting the tension of the acoustic strings of a piano so the musical intervals between each string is in tune. Great piano tuning requires a calculation of the vibrational interaction among notes, which varies from one instrument to the other.
In all systems of tuning, every pitch may be derived from its relationship to a chosen fixed pitch, which is usually A440, the note A above middle C
All pianos are different, and each has its own specific needs. For pianos that are frequently maintained, an owner can expect a standard, 2 hour one-pass finish tuning visit. However, for instruments that are annually or bi-annually tuned, an owner may need to budget further time and money for several tunings in order to get precise, long-lasting tuning. Before a piano is tuned, it will be measured with a computer to determine its current pitch position.
Level 1 - Basic Tuning Service Visit is normal for the Regularly Maintained Piano. These are pianos tuned at least once every 6 to 12 months.
Level 2 - A Typical Level 1 Service Visit; quick pitch raise tuning followed by 1 basic finish tuning. Pianos that have been recently moved, or haven't been tuned in the past 2 years. ALL tuning pins (220 strings) must be turned 1 time in order to pressurize the sound board prior to the Basic Tuning.
Level 3 – What we call the “Sore Arm” Tuning Service (2 quick pitch raise tunings followed by 1 basic finish tuning) applies to the Forgotten Pianos that have been completely ignored for a long time, and are very flat, older instruments that haven't been tuned in many years are brought up to A440. Precautions must be made with spinets as broken string repairs can be costly. And of age pianos do not have sufficient stretch to allow for "over pull" techniques. Hence, IF the health of the piano will allow it to be raised to A440, ALL tuning (approx. 220 strings x 2 passes) pins will be turned 2 times before the Basic Tuning/Finish Tuning. It is basically 3 tunings in one visit.
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