Piano service for Sydney area

Regular Piano Tuning

Piano tuning is the act of making adjustments to the tensions of the strings on an acoustic piano to properly align the intervals between their tones. Most of pianos are tuned to international standard concert pitch A440, which is used by all modern pianos and orchestras. The piano is usually tuned in equal temperament - taking about 2 hours for a normal tuning. More time may be required for a pitch raise.

Pitch Raise

If the piano has not been tuned for a long time or if the piano has been subject to extreme changes in weather conditions, the piano may be well below pitch. In that case, a "pitch raise" may be necessary before regular tuning. It is a kind of over pull pre-tuning, which will bring the pitch up further than it needs to be, in order to allow it to fall back within the correct range. This is normally completed in the same visit with the regular tuning.

Piano Tuning

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my piano go out of tune?

The piano is a finely balanced instrument, carrying a tension of about 20 tonnes in total. Anything that changes the condition of the parts supporting this great tension will alter the string tensions causing the piano to fall out of tune. Below is a list of the main reasons a piano goes out of tune:

  • Humidity and temperature changes
  • Strings stretching especially for new pianos
  • Normal use
  • The piano is moved

How often to have my piano tuned?

It depends on different circumstances. How often do you play it? Where is piano situated? Generally speaking, the more playing, the more tuning. Pianists, piano teachers, schools and students preparing for piano exams should have their pianos tuned at least 2 to 4 times a year. For learners, amateurs and for pianos rarely played, they should be tuned at least once a year. If the piano has not been tuned for a long time, a pitch raise may be required and subsequent tuning visits required to make the piano stable. For new pianos and newly re-strung pianos, it is suggested they be tuned 4 times in the first year.