HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY PIANO BE SERVICED?
Your piano should be tuned at least twice each year. Because it contains materials such as wood and felt, it is subject to change with climatic conditions. Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet cause its materials to swell and contract, affecting tone, pitch and action response of touch. Regular servicing will keep it sounding good and help you avoid costly repair in the future. You can help by placing your piano near a wall away from windows or doors which are opened frequently. Avoid heating and air conditioning vents, fireplaces and areas which receive direct sunlight. Your piano will perform best under consistent conditions neither too wet or dry, optimally at a temperature of 20°C (68°F) and 42% relative humidity.
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HERE'S WHAT SOME OF THE MAJOR PIANO MANUFACTURERS RECOMMEND
Baldwin Piano Company
Because it takes some time for any new piano to become thoroughly settled and adjusted to the atmospheric conditions in its home, proper tuning and servicing are especially important for the first year after purchase. Any new piano should be tuned several times during this first year. During these tunings, your technician should check the action and regulate it to compensate for adjustment of new action parts to climate and use. After the first year, a piano should be tuned at least twice each year. If the environment has not been kept as uniform as possible, a piano may need more frequent tuning.
Kawai Piano Company
Quality pianos demand quality care. Pianos require periodic maintenance in three areas: tuning, action regulation and voicing. Tuning is addressed more frequently than the other service areas depending on circumstance and atmospheric variance. Due to stretching, settling and the effects of climate, one should allow at least three tunings in the first year and a minimum of twice per year thereafter.
Kimball Piano Company
Regularity of service is important to keeping the piano in top condition. We recommend four tunings a year, at regular intervals, for optimal stability and performance. Regulation is also required periodically to maintain the proper function of keys, action, and pedals. A qualified piano technician or reputable dealer can provide advice concerning regulation, as well as perform tuning or other services required
for the proper care of the instrument.
Sohmer & Company
A new piano, in particular, should be tuned at least four times during the first year in service. The tuning should be performed subsequent to a change of season. After the piano has settled in, we recommend three tunings a year, whether the piano is used a great deal or not. A technician cannot get a neglected piano to hold tune with one tuning. Sometimes, it is more costly to restore the neglected piano
to hold tune than if it had been kept under regular and constant care.
A piano is a major investment; it should be protected.
Steinway & Sons
Your Steinway piano was tuned many times before it left our factory. It was tuned to and should be maintained at A440 pitch. This is the internationally accepted standard and the standard for which all Steinway pianos are engineered. Unfortunately, no matter how expertly a piano is tuned, atmospheric variations and the nature of the piano's construction constantly conspire to bring it off pitch. Your Steinway has been designed and built so that in normal use and under normal conditions it should need only periodic tuning. We recommend that your technician be called at least three or four times a year. You, however, are the final judge and should have the piano tuned as often as you think necessary. To put the matter of tuning into perspective, remember that a concert piano is tuned before every performance, and a piano in a professional recording studio, where it is in constant use, is tuned three or four times each week as a matter of course. Tuning is an art practiced by skilled professionals and under no circumstances should anyone other than a professional be allowed to tune your Steinway piano.
In the first year, Piano Manufacturers Association International recommends that you have your piano tuned four times. This is a period of adjustment for a new instrument and proper attention is important. After the first year, you should have it tuned at least twice a year, depending upon
the frequency of use and atmospheric conditions.
New pianos should be tuned a minimum of four times the first year to compensate for the normal settling that takes place. Subsequently, as a matter of standard maintenance, a piano should be tuned at least twice a year. Of course, some musicians will choose to have their own piano tuned more often to satisfy their own personal musical requirements. When your piano needs tuning, ask your
authorized Yamaha piano dealer or call a skilled qualified specialist such as a
Piano Technicians Guild Registered Piano Technician (RPT).
Young Chang America, Inc.
Piano owners will receive the longest life and optimum performance from a new piano if it is properly serviced during the first year and regularly cared for subsequently. It is our recommendation that a piano receive at least 4 tunings during the first year of ownership, and a minimum of 2 tunings per year thereafter. We suggest that the piano owner follow the recommendation of their local piano technician, who is most qualified to advise the owner about the needs of the piano in its specific location.
- SERVICE RATES -
Prices are in Canadian Dollars,
Including Parts, Installation, Labour and Taxes
Piano Tuning $115+
Leveling Of Keys $55
Action Regulation $65+
Front Rail Felts Replacement $70
Balance Rail Felts Replacement $70
Bolster Cloth Replacement $70
Keytops Replacement (sharps) $95
Keytops Replacement (whites) $315
Cabinet Refinishing $880+
$135 New Set Of Bridle Straps
$200 New Set Of Dampers
$255+ New Bass Bridge
$450+ New Set Of Hammers
$450+ New Set Of Butts
$620+ New Set Of Whippens
$730 New Set Of Tuning Pins
$1795+ Restringing (strings and pins)
$730+ Reed Organ Reconditioning