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Piano Tuning

Preserving the Perfect Pitch of Your Piano

Keep the harmony and melody thriving in your home by keeping your piano perfectly tuned!
With the help from the piano tuning specialists of Perfect Pitch Piano Company your musical enjoyment will last for years to come.  Our piano experts offer piano repair service and piano moving services based out of Dallas, TX.

Why does my piano need to be tuned as often as every 6 months?

Tuning is the task of adjusting the pitch (string tension) of each of the 230+ strings within your piano so that they will correctly harmonize with one another.

Pianos are under a tremendous amount of tension, about 20 tons!  With changes in temperature and humidity the piano will conspire against us and drift out of tune.  Routine piano tuning is one of the most important types of piano maintenance, and it is often the least understood.  More often than not, most pianos will need to be tuned annually for them to maintain a pleasant sound.

By changing the tension on the piano strings our piano tuning specialist will tune your piano to perfect international standard pitch every time. At A-440, the A string(s) above middle C should be stretched tight enough to vibrate 440 times per second, also known as 440 Hz. Other strings must be tuned accordingly, using perfect octaves and matching intervals for the best harmony and the clearest sound. Our piano tuning technicians use special time honored tools, trusted methods and also frequency calibration technology to create beautiful resonance and clarity for your piano every time you play.  If your piano hasn't been tuned in the last couple of years or if it was recently moved since it's last tuning, you will most likely need a pitch correction pre-tuning service.

How often does my piano need a tuning service?

The primary reason for routine piano tuning is to keep the combined string tension equalized against the soundboard/bridges and cast iron plate.  Sounding “good” to our ear is a secondary reason for tuning; a byproduct of having the string tension “up” to where it is designed to be.
Every piano manufacturer that we know of recommends tuning a piano 3 or 4 times during the first 24 months out of the factory as newly strung strings stretch and wood parts settle during the first few years of a piano’s life.  Based on years of real world experience in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, we usually recommend one or two tunings each year after that to keep the playing and sounding the very best it can.  By keeping collective string tension “up” will also maintain the piano’s structural integrity by having all of the parts inside the piano properly aligned at the correct tension. Aside from the initial settling, seasonal change is the primary reason pianos go out of tune. To understand why, you must realize that the piano’s main acoustical structure, the soundboard, is made of wood (typically 3/8 inch thick Sitka spruce).
As humidity goes up in Dallas around the first of May, a soundboard swells, increasing its crowned shape and stretching the piano’s strings to a higher pitch. During dry times, usually in midsummer, the soundboard flattens out, lowering tension on the strings and causing the pitch to drop (or go flat). Unfortunately, the strings don’t change pitch equally. As the soundboard and bridges expand and contract with the weather changes, every piano is constantly going out of tune!

For this reason, pianos should be tuned at least once a year even if no one is playing the piano. In this way, the parts of the piano remain correctly aligned, preserving not only the beautiful tone but increasing the life of the piano by preserving the structural integrity of the instrument.

Trying to save money by putting off needed tunings merely postpones a nominal expense until it grows into a much larger expense. The longer you wait between tuning, the flatter the string tension. This will increase the risk of string breakage during tuning because the strings will require more dramatic increases in torque to pull them “up” to standard pitch.

Pianos are designed to bring you a lifetime of musical enjoyment. With the proper care and maintenance, your piano will continue to give you the joy that comes with making memories.
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