To get good sound from a piano, the strings need to be perfectly tightened to optimal tension. With the tuning process, the technician seeks to adjust and restore the condition of the strings that might have become loose due to constant impact of the hammerhead. Strings may also loosen due to other varied reasons, such as storing the piano in an environment where humidity is not controlled.
Perfectly tuned strings produce quality sound at the set frequency for each button. Tuning the strings also removes follow-up waves that can cause unwanted noise.
Piano tuning services at Piano Tuner in Minneapolis are offered by experienced workers who use their extensive knowledge about how the piano strings work to make small adjustments to each individual string.
Piano Tuning requires the use of special tuning tools and knowledge of the general pitch around which each string needs to be tuned. Most pianos require tuning at around A440 universal pitch. A tuning hammer is used to adjust the tension of each string. Depending on the piano size, the tuning process can take anywhere between a few hours to a full working day. Grand sized pianos have up to 200 unique strings that require to be tuned individually.
The tuning services are separate from restoration and repair services. Taking a piano for a simple tune up job may reveal further damage to your piano, which will mean that it needs repairs that are more extensive. Ignoring the additional repairs needed only causes the strings to get out of tune soon thereafter.
Pianos that are used frequently require professional tuning more than the pianos that are played only occasionally. The constant impact on the strings when the piano is played causes the strings to become loose and get out of tune. Frequent movement or opening and closing the piano can also cause the strings to be out of tune.
A pitch raise might be required on old pianos that are not serviced regularly. The tuners are trained to handle the old pianos with care because the strings on them allow for overpull and can accidentally break when handled roughly. Pitch raises to the standard A440 pitch level can cause the tuning service to cost a little extra. If the piano is taken for service regularly, tuning should be done at every service. This keeps the strings tuned to the optimal level during most times and makes the tuning job much easier at every service. When the piano is neglected, a tuning job can become costly and take a long time since each string has to be adjusted. Neglected pianos also pose greater risk of string breakages. Piano owners, therefore, should ensure that their pianos are taken for regular servicing to prevent small damages from spreading and becoming serious problems later.