The primary factors that cause pianos to fall out of tune are temperature, humidity, moving and routine playing. The task of the piano tuner is to make adjustments to each string with accuracy and stability. It is recommended that a piano be tuned 2 to 4 times annually. If a piano has not been tuned for a significant length of time, a pitch raise is often necessary.
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Pianos are designed to sound their richest and most lively when they are tuned to concert pitch (A440). Maintaining a piano at concert pitch is necessary for pianists who will be accompanying other instruments, as well as for anyone studying piano, as proper pitch is essential for ear training. With up to 240 strings bearing up to 30 tons of pressure on the cast-iron plate and sound board of the piano, it is important to have your piano tuned regularly. Failure to do so will result in the need for a pitch raise. The tuner will simply pull each string up in tension, provide a rough tuning and in a separate appointment, the fine tuning.
Piano hammers are manufactured using natural felts that compress over time, resulting in a harsh, metallic and uneven piano tone. The voicing process involves reshaping (filing) and needling the hammers to improve the tone of the piano, enhancing clarity, projection and sustain.
To ensure the best control, power and dynamic range of your piano, it is important to have it regulated periodically. A piano has many moving parts, most of which are made of natural materials. Over time, these materials can warp, compress, expand, become worn or even break due to frequent playing and environmental factors. This results in the action of the piano feeling sluggish, loose and non-responsive. Piano regulation involves correcting the relationships of these moving parts and replacing or repairing worn and broken parts, leaving your piano performing like new.
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Piano Restoration & Rebuilding
Many older pianos are worth restoring. Originally built with the finest of craftsmanship, these pianos are given a new life in our shop.
We are now offering a variety of historical temperaments for the historical music lover or anyone feeling adventurous. Non-equal temperaments were used in the baroque and classical eras. Each non-equal temperament will make the various musical keys you play in sound different from one and other giving each key a different colour or feel.