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Piano Tuning

A typical piano has about 240 strings.  These strings exert a compression force of up to 40,000 pounds on the plate and frame of the piano.  With all this stress, it is easy to see that maintaining the tuning of a piano is a very delicate balance of forces.  Anything that disrupts this balance will cause the piano to go out of tune. 

I offer tuning services for both upright and grand pianos.  I take care to provide a tuning that is best for each individual piano.  All pianos have unique tone and harmonic characteristics.  The tools and method I use to tune pianos measures the unique sonic qualities of your piano.  A unique tuning, specially suited to your instrument, is calculated.  The tuning you get from me will be optimized for your piano.

My general guidance for frequency of tuning is every 6-8 months.  When you're my customer, you don't need to manage your tuning schedule.  I do that for you.  When it is time for your tuning, I will drop you a note in the mail.

Many things affect how well your piano maintains its tuning.  These include:

  • Inherent characteristics of your piano - some maintain tune better than others.

  • General condition of your piano - does it have loose pins?

  • Weather - humidity and temperature changes cause the soundboard to expand and contract, which affects tuning.

  • Placement in room - keep away from HVAC vents and windows.

  • How hard and often the piano is played - the greater the use, the more often the tuning.

  • Moving the piano will often detune it.

  • Do not locate your piano in direct sunlight.

Pitch Adjustment

Oftentimes when a piano has not been tuned in a long time (years), it will be significantly flat.  This means that in order to raise the pitch back to A-440, a relatively large stretch on the string is required.  This in turn causes the string to be elastic and stretch after they are initially tuned to pitch.  In addition, as the tuning progresses, more and more tension is being exerted upon the plate and frame of the piano.  This causes the dimensions of the piano frame to distort slightly.  The result, and frustration of the technician, is that when a piano is very flat, one can tune it to pitch and almost immediately the pitch will fall flat again due to string elasticity and frame compression.  This instability of pitch requires a different approach to tuning which takes more time for the technician to accomplish.

When a pitch adjustment is done, it is not reasonable for to expect the new tuning to hold as well as it would if the piano had been regularly tuned.  Often a piano that recently had a pitch adjustment will go out of tune again more quickly than it would have had the piano been tuned routinely.  The best way to be sure you don't have the headaches that a pitch adjustment causes is to have the piano tuned regularly so that string elasticity and frame compression aren't a problem and your piano stays in tune for a long time.

Piano Repairs

Since a piano is a complex mechanical device, it needs periodic repair and maintenance.  Many simple repairs can be done onsite during routine tuning, however, there are a number of repairs that require me to take parts of the action back to my shop to work on them.  When that is necessary, I do not charge the customer a return service fee.  I can handle most any piano repair that you might need, regardless of whether you own a Spinet or a Concert Grand.  Common fixes I perform include:

  • Fixing sluggish or stuck keys

  • Fixing "bobbling" or "double striking" hammers

  • Finding and repairing buzzes and strange noises

  • Replacing broken strings

  • Fixing pedals that don't work

  • Fixing dampers that don't mute sound

Piano Regulation

The typical piano contains approximately 9,000 parts, many of which move against one another.  These parts include wooden pieces, felts, bushings, leathers and buckskins.  All of these parts are adjusted so that they move the right distances, at the right time, when the key is depressed.  These parts wear and compress over time.  This causes the piano parts to go out of adjustment, which in turn affects the playability and tone of the piano.  Piano regulation involves adjusting the action's parts so that all parts movements and measurements are as they should be.  One of the telltale signs that your piano needs to be regulated is if different keys have different feel or touch.  Inconsistencies between keys and tone up and down the registers of the keyboard are fixed when regulation is performed. 

Piano Voicing

I can alter the tone of the piano by voicing the hammers.  This is done by carefully inserting needles into the hammer felt to soften the felt up.  Voicing may be beneficial whenever the piano tone is too bright or brassy.  Voicing can mellow up the tone of the piano so that its overall tone is warmer.  Voicing is also useful when a pianos hammers have hardened over time, or if the piano has had heavy play usage and the hammers are badly grooved and worn.  Reshaping worn hammers can significantly improve tone.  Whenever you are thinking of attempting to change the tone of your piano, you need to be sure that your piano technician is technically competent to perform the procedure.  It is very easy to permanently impair the tone of an instrument through improper voicing techniques, so make sure your technician is experienced.

Piano Restoration

I offer full piano restoration services.  I have restored numerous antique pianos and have experience in restoring pianos that have received water damage.  Services I offer include:

  • Cabinet refinishing

  • Restringing

  • Replacing felts and bushings

  • Repair of cabinet wood glue joints

  • Fixing soundboard crack

  • Replacing tuning pins

  • Replacing hammers

  • Refurbishing actions

Humidity Control

Humidity changes is perhaps the most important factor in maintaining a good stable tuning.  In an ideal world, we would want to maintain a relative humidity of approximately 40% around the environment of the piano.  High humidity is more stressful on a piano than dryness.  

I offer humidity control systems that install discreetly in the cabinet of the piano which are easy and simple to maintain.

Purchase Consultation

Purchasing a piano is a major decision.  And since most pianists don't have the specialized knowledge of the mechanics of pianos, it is easy to buy a dud, especially when you are buying a used piano.  I do visit the seller's location and perform a thorough inspection of the piano and report my findings to you.  I try to keep my price for these services very reasonable ($25) because I obviously want your future business.

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Monday-Friday  8:30am-5:00pm

Saturday - Sunday 9:00am - 12:00pm

If you require service outside these hours, please call.  I will do my best to accommodate you.

 

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Address

2715 Kingsbury Park Lane

Spring, TX 77386

ken@kenspianos.com

Tel:832-600-9302