Welcome to our Piano Tuning and Repair service we offer
All facets of Piano work including Tunings, Repairs, Appraisals, and Restorations.
Discounts on multiple tunings.
Special lesson introductory rates for new clients who use our tuning and repair service.
Advice and guidance on the purchase of new and used pianos.
Service areas include all of long Island, New York City and vicinity.
Please call our office at 631-476-8946 for more details
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1. What are some factors that may Cause a Piano to go out of Tune?
The most likely culprit would be changes in the weather or seasons. Variations from hot to cold or wet to dry cause materials to swell and contract. In the cooler months, dryness will tend to lower the pitch (go flat). The opposite is true of warmer months when we have humidity and moisture. This tends to raise the pitch of a piano or make it go sharp. For this reason, it is very important to have your piano tuned at least twice a year.
2. What does the Piano Tuning process involve? Why is this a difficult task?
With enough pressure to lift a house (more than 200 strings and 18,000-25,000lbs of tension), tuning a piano is no simple task. The strings are stretched across a cast-iron harp and attached to a hitch pin at one end, while the other end is coiled around a tuning pin. The tuning process involves adjusting each pin by use of a special wrench. This ensures that the acoustic and harmonic properties of music are tuned according to what we know will be aesthetically pleasing to the ear. Attention and sensitivity to detail is absolutely necessary and requires a good amount of time and patience.
3. Are there ways to enhance the environment in which a piano exists?
Pianos function best under conditions that are not too wet, dry, hot or cold. A temperature ranging from about 65 to 75 F and a relative humidity that ranges from 35% to 55% are generally good conditions for a piano. Keeping your piano away from windows, heating systems, ducts, and baseboards will create a more positive environment for your piano. Using an air conditioner in summer months and adding a humidifier to your heating system will also prove beneficial for your piano.
4. Besides a tuning are there any other somewhat frequent adjustments or maintenance procedures a Piano may need?
Regulation is the process of adjusting certain internal parts of the piano so it remains responsive to every nuance of a pianist touch.
Because tone changes as felt hammers wear, maintenance is required in order for the piano to produce the widest dynamic range. This procedure is called Voicing the hammers and similar to Regulation it may be repeated many times throughout the life of a piano.
5. What do I use to clean or polish my Piano?
We recommend using a damp cotton cloth on the case. You may also consult the manufacturer as to what type of polish they recommend. Avoid aerosol sprays and any polish that contains silicone.