Tony has been around music for over 50 years. First starting on organ and then transitioning to piano and keyboards. He has played pianos, sold them, and now tunes them, too.Every tuning must meet Tony’s criteria before the job is deemed complete. His years of playing, piano tuning training, and musical knowledge help to contribute to the accuracy needed to get a piano in tune.
Pitch Raise & TuneThis service is necessary if your piano hasn’t been tuned in quite some time, or if it has been subjected to extreme swings in humidity and / or temperature. If the pitch has dropped one quarter tone or more below standard pitch, it needs to be brought up gradually with consecutive tunings (on the same visit) or the tuning will not hold. It can be determined whether or not this is necessary at the time of the appointment.
What is concert pitch?
Concert pitch A440 (A above middle C vibrating at 440 times
per second) has been universally accepted as the pitch to
which all instruments should be tuned. It ensures that when
instruments play together, they will all be in tune with one
Pianos are designed and built to sound their best when
tuned to A440. So when your piano’s pitch drops due to lack
of tuning, the quality of tone suffers.
Also, if a piano is not tuned for quite some time, its pitch
begins to slip far enough away from conert pitch that it may
require a pitch raise in order to achieve a stable tuning.
What is pitch raise?
Something happens when you don’t tune your piano for a long
time: every year that passes by, the pitch drops further and
further away from where it should be, and it becomes harder
for a piano tuner to pull it back up to its proper tension levels.
Pianos generally go flat during our long winter months and do
not necessarily rise back up to where they were in the summer.
Technicians have to raise the tension of over 200 strings, which
puts a lot of strain on the piano’s structure. It’s impossible to
make such a big jump in pitch and have a stable tuning in one
pass. So what they have to do is first raise all the strings to
their proper average tension levels, and only then can the
piano be accurately tuned. This is called a “pitch raise”.
A pitch raise requires more time and effort than a regular
tuning, and as a result, a piano technician’s fee is a bit higher.
Also, keep in mind that it is highly advisable (usually
necesary) to have the piano tuned again within the next 6
months after a pitch raise. This will help keep the tension level
of the strings more stable - at the level it should have been in
the first place.
Regular tunings - at least once a year (every 6 months is
preferable) will prevent the need for a pitch raise in the future.
Like many other things, pianos require regular maintenance.
Tonyhasbeenaroundmusicforover50 years.Firststartingonorganandthen transitioningtopianoandkeyboards.He hasplayedpianos,soldthem,andnow tunes them, too.EverytuningmustmeetTony’scriteria beforethejobisdeemedcomplete.His yearsofplaying,pianotuningtraining, andmusicalknowledgehelpto contributetotheaccuracyneededtoget a piano in tune.
Thisserviceisnecessaryifyourpiano hasn’tbeentunedinquitesometime,or ifithasbeensubjectedtoextremeswings inhumidityand/ortemperature.Ifthe pitchhasdroppedonequartertoneor morebelowstandardpitch,itneedstobe broughtupgraduallywithconsecutive tunings(onthesamevisit)orthetuning willnothold.Itcanbedetermined whetherornotthisisnecessaryatthe time of the appointment.