Frequently Asked Questions
It sounds fine - why spend money to re-tune my piano?!
This is a common comment by piano owners when the annual tuning comes due. No piano can keep its tune over the span of a year, let alone several months. There are many tons of tension on a piano's strings trying to relieve tension. There is a direct correlation to the amount of pitch to be raised and the time it takes to go flat again. More time between tunings, more pitch drop.
A piano that is kept in tune will stay in tune longer. Notes that have several strings (unisons) will sound clearer longer. The piano service person will be able to do a better and faster job re-tuning the piano.
After a year, pianos typically will loose enough pitch to require the piano service person to go over the piano twice to stabilize the tune. There is normally an extra charge for this "double-tune" because of the extra effort it requires. By the time s/he has gone over the keyboard, the pitch has sagged or become unstable again.
What else causes my piano's tune to vary?
There are two principle environmental causes for pitch change. Humidity and temperature. A piano's state of tune will vary audibly between summer and winter. Therefore, it is best to have your technician tune the instrument when it has re-stabilized in the current season. Tune it after the house settles into its seasonal temperature and the piano has also caught up to the new environment. Some discriminating musicians do this four times a year to keep up with the changes and optimize the piano's tune.