Grand Piano Tuning
Grand Piano Tuning – What Does It Involve?
Grand piano tuning is as much an art form as playing the piano. And as such, it requires an expert to ensure it is done correctly, and to get the best possible sound from the instrument. Knowing what to expect from your piano tuner can help to understand why it is important to take good care of your piano.
All pianos for sale, including grand and baby grand pianos, should be tuned twice a year as a general rule. When your grand piano’s technician arrives, they will need time and quiet to work in. Piano tuning requires them to be able to judge the pitch of the strings. As pianos have in the region of 230 strings, the need for time is self-explanatory. Tuning your grand piano will require access to the strings to be able to check the pitch and make adjustments to each of the piano’s strings. They will also need to be able to easily access their tuning tools to make the job run smoother. In terms of equipment, each piano tuner will work slightly differently. There will be those who still rely solely on a tuning fork and work by ear. Others will use either an electronic tuning instrument or even a smartphone app. However, you should ensure that these have been calibrated with a tuning fork prior to work starting on your grand piano. Other apparatuses that you can expect to see include a tuning lever and a wedge. The wedge is essential for muting strings that are not being worked on, such as two of the three strings on a treble.
As well as having a wide range of pianos for sale, Little & Lampert Pianos offer a top quality grand piano tuning service. We work within the London area, but if you are in need of our services and live beyond this, we will find you a comparable specialist for your piano. Visit http://www.llpianos.co.uk/ to learn more about what we can offer you.