Sunday, October 8, 2017

Moving pianos short distances does not make them go out of tune.

Moving pianos short distances does not make them go out of tune. HUMIDITY is the problem. A colleague of mine tuned a piano for an outside concert. The humidity was quite high and he had to lower the pitch to A440. He was given accommodation for the night and was asked to tune the piano again the next day. When we started to tune, he noticed that the piano was severely out of tune again (the pitch went above A440) because of the HUMIDITY. He had to do the same pitch lowering procedure he did the day before.

For the last 100 years or so, the only thing piano owners seem to be concerned about is "not moving the piano" instead of tuning it. It is not unusual for a customer to mention that they just moved the piano so they called me to tune it. If asked when the piano was last tuned, the typical answer would be "many years ago". All pianos need to be tuned at least 1 to 2 times per year. That is the recommendation of every manufacturer I can think of.

Remember, it's not just about tuning. Pianos require regular maintenance as well, just like a car.