QUICK ANSWER TO THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS
Piano Voicing is the process in which the hammers are either made softer or harder to create the tone when playing the piano. Soft hammer heads will help to produce a more mellow tone, and a harder hammer head will create a brighter sound to your piano. Should you wish the tone to be changed, please mention at the time of making an appointment.
Your piano is sensitive to climatic change. If possible, avoid positioning your piano in the path of a radiator. Be aware of air conditioning systems and heating vents. Avoid direct sunlight as this may bleach the case finish and expand the metal strings causing the piano to go out of tune.
Try using a piece of clean cheesecloth lightly dampened with water to clean the keys. Make sure any excess water is quickly removed to ensure water does not run between the piano keys. When cleaning the exterior of the piano, follow the instructions above, again, with a soft dry cloth remove excess moisture from the piano case work. If the piano has a wood finish, always wipe in the direction of the grain. This will help to remove any build-up of dust. Internal cleaning can be carried out at the time of appointment, if and when required.
Piano servicing is the process of making adjustments to the action inside of the piano.
Regulating the piano Keys and Action.
This enables the technician to change the touch, consistency and physical performance of your instrument. There are many moving parts within the piano which from time to time will need attention, regulating and/or servicing due to wear and tear. This process is like having an MOT on a car, helping to keep your piano performing and responding to its full potential.
Moving a piano is a specialist job! I would suggest not moving your piano yourself for many reasons, as the actual size and weight of the instrument needs to be handled with care. Also, the piano has many moving parts which could suffer damage during transit. Our professional removal team have the working knowledge and equipment to safely move your musical investment, while also being fully insured and DBS checked.
The primary reason the piano goes out of tune – change of pitch, is due to contraction and expansion of the strings. Reason for this is temperature variation – atmospheric variations, particularly humidity. When the tension in a string changes, the pitch will also change, resulting in a note that is out of tune. Tuning pins can lose tension and slip, thus allowing movement of the strings effecting the tuning of the piano.
Piano manufacturers suggest one should have their piano tuned every six months, to keep your instrument sounding perfectly in tune and on concert pitch.
As a traditionally trained piano tuner, I use a tuning fork to check the pitch of the piano. I have gained the skill to tune your instrument purely by ear, having trained for three years to a very high standard (Diploma AEWVH, M.I.M.I.T.), qualification details on home page.
Piano Tuning Prices
Cost for piano tuning are as below, there are different prices to get your piano tuned depending when the instrument was last serviced for 2018
Piano Tuning Price overview:
Bi annual piano tuning is £70 and will take one hour to tune
The cost of an annual tuning is £80 the appointment will be one hour
For a piano which hasn’t been tuned for more than two years, or has been moved the cost will be £100
For pianos which haven’t been tuned for more than five years, the charge of the piano tuning will be £150 and will take two hours to tune.
Pitch moving a Piano will cost £150 and will take two hours for the appointment
Cost for Piano Removal Services
Depending on steps and access to ones property, prices range from £140, this cost is for a standard upright piano, within five miles travel distance between addresses.
Cost for Piano Servicing
Half day Piano Servicing : £280
Full day Service: £390