Piano Tuning Facts - Believe It Or Not
Are you looking for piano service? Call the piano tuner.
However, if you want the job done right, make sure your piano
tuner is technically qualified to accomplish repairs, restorations and
adjustments that may be needed above and beyond the tuning. In other words, make sure your "piano
tuner" is a qualified piano technician.
So what is it
about piano service that makes us call the piano service man a piano
tuner? It is because piano tuning is one of those notable occupations
in life that lead to lasting impressions, clichés, bad jokes,
and impressions that no one can or is able to forget. If you are a new,
first time or casual piano owner, what are you to make of piano tuning?
This guy or gal walks into your house, stands there for an hour or two,
leaning over and pinging at your piano the same notes over and over and
Piano Tuning School For The Blind -
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Repetition And Invisible Movements
Perhaps It is
through the sheer repetitiveness and apparent redundancy that his/her
occupation requires, that it baffles us. Pianos are constructed of 80%
wood, the average piano has about 20 tons of tension on it. It is
possible that the best piano in the world tuned by the best piano tuner
in the world can at any moment, for many reasons go out of tune at any
time. In essence, tuners deal with unseen enormous forces which occur
over minute invisible dimensions that are perceptible and accountable
only by the trained ear.
Your piano is a living breathing thing. When you consider the forces that act
upon it such as humidity changes, direct exposure to sunlight, temperature changes, and location changes,
it all becomes apparent why you need to have it tuned on a regular basis,
whether or not it is played often or not.
What You Should Expect From Your Piano Tuner
tuner should and must try to help you understand what and why he is
doing what he is doing. In order to do this, your piano tuner should be
able to perform minor and major repairs, adjustments, regulate the
action, voice the hammers, make recommendations that optimize the
function and behavior of your instrument so that you can get the most
satisfaction from owning it.
In turn, as
the customer, you need to work hand in hand with your piano
tuner-technician to follow his or her recommendations. The truth about
piano tuning is that it is no joke. During the one or two hour or so
that your tuner is in your home, he should be able to make a very
comprehensive evaluation of the overall health of your instrument and
offer proactive recommendations for you to follow.
It takes the
beginner anywhere from 500 to 1000 attempts at tuning to even begin to
develop a facility and understanding of what he or she is doing. After
that, it can take years before that person can walk into your home, do
a quality job and satisfy most of his clientele.