Category Archives: Piano Service

How Often Should I Have My Piano Tuned?

This article is the second article in a series on piano service.  Before you read on, we recommend reading “What Causes a Piano to Go Out of Tune.” 

 

Easily the most popular question my acoustic piano clients ask me is how often they should tune their new or used piano.  Understandably, folks who spent the money to purchase a quality instrument want to make sure the value of their investment won’t diminish due to neglect or their own lack of experience.  It’s no different from a first-time car buyer asking the dealership how often (s)he should change the new car’s oil.  Most people understand the importance of protecting their investments.  Unfortunately, while it’s considered common knowledge that a car requires an oil change every 3000 miles, most people have absolutely no idea how often they should tune their piano. Continue reading

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What Causes a Piano to Go Out of Tune?

When you purchased your last car, you knew you’d have to maintain it.  You expected to fill it with gas on a weekly basis; you knew you’d have to wash it from time to time and you planned on an oil change every 3000 miles.  You also knew that – as your car aged – it would begin to wear out.  Over time, you’d have to put on some new tires; you’d have to replace the breaks and you’d have to swap the battery at some point.  From the beginning, you understood that such expenses were necessary to maintain your car’s performance and resale value.  Now imagine that your car was made out of wood.  How many more repairs and adjustments would you have expected to make? Continue reading

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