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Basics of Piano Tuning

11 Jun 2022

Although it looks bulky and huge, a piano is a finely crafted instrument with many delicate parts that swell and shift depending on how they’re played and the environment around them. Also, its swelling, which causes by its shifting, affects your practice from your Piano books sessions. 

Regular maintenance will prolong the life of a piano and preserve its value. Regular piano tuning is an essential service for anyone who intends to keep and use a piano for an extended time. It’s a part of the overall cost of ownership. If the Piano requires multiple tuning sessions or repairs, the cost can rise by several hundred dollars. Tuning a piano typically costs between $65 and $225.

Piano tuning is a skill that trained professionals should only perform. In addition to cash or personal checks, many tuning technicians accept major credit cards. Also, you might have to get a piano stool for a better experience after your Piano tuning. The Piano Gallery’s technicians offer various piano services, including piano tuning, piano repairs & piano moving.

Basics of Piano Tuning

A technician tunes a piano by adjusting the tension on each Piano’s strings until they vibrate at the proper rate. Standard piano tuning is “A440,” which means that the A note above middle C vibrates at 440 cycles per second. Tuning the remaining notes is a simple math problem, as each note on the keyboard vibrates at a different frequency. The next octave’s A vibrates at 880 cycles per second, while the lower octave’s A vibrates at 220 cycles per second. Standard tuning enables pianists to play in harmony with other instruments when they perform with them.

The Significance of Piano Tuning

Tuning is an essential part of routine piano maintenance. Having the strings tuned regularly prevents loose string tension, and it allows the technician to look for any signs of damage on the soundboard and action of the instrument.

Most piano manufacturers recommend that the instrument be tuned at least twice a year. However, pianos do require additional tuning from time to time. New pianos may require three or four tunings per year for the first year to allow the strings to stretch and settle. Furthermore, regularly used instruments, such as those in piano studios, practice rooms, and churches, necessitate additional tunings due to the effects of excessive playing on the strings.

Pianos used for performance or recording are typically tuned before each use, and pianos moved from one location to another or subjected to extreme humidity changes necessitate additional tunings. That’s why you may face playing your tunes from your Piano books.

Factors Affecting Piano Tuning Costs

The majority of piano tuners charge by the hour. If the Piano’s pitch is severely out of tune, the technician must raise the pitch before fine-tuning it. This means that the technician will adjust the strings to vibrate faster than A440. Overstretched strings eventually settle at A440, allowing the technician to fine-tune them.

An unevenly tuned piano is another common issue. This occurs when owners leave it too long between tunings and when the Piano is subjected to humidity changes that cause the soundboard to expand and contract. After that, the technician must tune the Piano to itself so that the notes at each octave match. The technician can finish fine-tuning the Piano after rough-tuning it.


Before a technician can tune a piano, it may need to be repaired. This includes replacing worn or old strings, tightening loose tuning pins, and repairing a damaged soundboard. Before tuning the Piano, the technician must correct these issues, which increases the cost. The Piano Gallery offers services of piano tuning, voicing, regulation, and other pianos such as Grand Pianos, Upright Pianos, and Digital Pianos adjustment services. The Piano Gallery provides expert piano repair, maintenance, and restoration also you can buy pianos from our piano stores in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah UAE. 

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