If you love your piano or are shopping for one, you may wonder if you really need to get it tuned as often as technicians say. Maybe you can get away with doing it less frequently or not at all? How important is piano tuning in the grand picture anyway?
The Inside Scoop on Piano Tuning
For your acoustic version, yes, it’s important to get your piano tuned regularly. It helps maintain the value of your instrument while keeping it and the player in tune.
Regular piano tuning helps in other ways too, but first let’s get a clearer understanding of what in entails.
The average acoustic piano features 88 keys, each with between 1 and 3 strings. That’s could mean as many as 264 strings!
When your piano is tuned, a technician will use the tuning pins to adjust the tension of each of these strings so the musical intervals are correct and the notes sound accurate when the keys are played.
Because your piano strings endure a lot of tension, they can stretch over time, causing your piano to become ‘flat’. Aside from tuning, your piano may also require action regulation and voicing, but these services won’t be needed as often.
Many manufacturers, like Kawai, recommend having your piano tuned 2 to 4 times per year. For a new piano, you may need to have 4 piano tunings in the first year.
If your piano endures extreme weather changes, like we do here in St. Louis, you may need 4 piano tunings per year, instead of 2 tunings. And if you play concerts on your piano, you may want to get it tuned more often. It’s best to read your manufacturer’s recommendation but also ask your local retailer to help determine what’s best for your instrument.
How Piano Tuning Can Generate Savings for You
Obviously, regular piano tuning will help save the sound and value of your instrument. But it can also save you or your child frustration, because if you continue to play on an out-of-tune piano, you can lose your ear for proper pitch!
In addition to sound quality and frustration, regular piano tuning also saves you money.
- Skimping on piano tunings can mean a series of piano tunings eventually, to get it back in tune.
- If not tuned over a long period of time, your piano may undergo enough damage that it can never be tuned back to Standard Pitch.
- Technicians may find other minor issues during a piano tuning, which are easy to fix now but may more expensive to fix later.
Especially if you’re a DIYer, you may be tempted to tune your own piano. But remember, you are risking over tuning or under tuning your piano, which could result in damage to your instrument. It’s best to hire a professional technician to tune your piano. And some manufacturers may require it in order to keep your warranty valid.
You have spent or will spend a decent amount of money on an amazing instrument. We want you to enjoy your piano for years to come. Call Lacefield Music today to get your piano tuned by a professional. You will save money, frustration and the sound quality of your treasured instrument!