As I approached a customer's home, a young person once asked me, "Are you the piano fixer?
I apprenticed for a year with a piano tuner in Peru, IL, where I grew up. Wilkins was retiring after fifty years as a teacher and tuner.
With five pianos in his home and studio there was ample opportunity to learn, refine and master the techniques and he soon sent me out to tune for customers. All musical instruments are tuned to a worldwide standard pitch so they can play together in harmony.
Try a small experiment: Hook a rubber band on something solid, pull it tight and pluck it. Pull tighter and the pitch goes up.
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Pianos have over tightly stretched strings and, except for the cast iron plate that supports that tension, they are built mostly of wood. With humidity and temperature changes the wood expands or contracts which tightens or loosens the strings, changing the pitch and the piano goes out of tune. Even a piano that is never played with other instruments must have its strings in tune with each other to sound good.
This is why you will see a solo guitarist frequently tuning his guitar. The instrument must be in tune with itself and, ultimately, the rest of the world! Once a year is a must, twice a year is better. Every piano is different, but with regular attention they go out of tune less.
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Also, each time I tune a piano I inspect the general condition of the working parts and possibly catch a small problem that could become a larger one. Besides regular tuning, the very best you can do for your piano is to play it! You may reach me initially by e-mail but a phone conversation is the best way to discuss your piano service.
Please call my office phone. If you begin at the piano, you can get anywhere worth going. A piano sounds in tune when its strings vibrate at certain frequencies determined by musical and acoustical rules.
There are strings and 8, to 10, parts in the average piano. Nearly every piano has furthered my knowledge and understanding of the instrument.
Your quiet presence as you go about your work has always been appreciated. Frequently Asked Questions.
Why does my piano need tuning? How often should I have my piano tuned?
How should I care for my piano? So good at tuning and fixing pianos.
I love it! Get In Touch You may reach me initially by e-mail but a phone conversation is the best way to discuss your piano service.
The piano sounds great!