Piano Tuning in Leicester & Beyond – from Pete the Piano Man
If you need a piano tuner then you’ve come to the right place. Pete Allen has been tuning pianos for over 30 years so can bring almost any piano back to its former glory.
Standard piano tuning costs £60.
Pete offers a friendly piano tuning service and has all of the kit required to get the job done. If your piano also needs a bit of TLC then Pete can help, and in many cases carry out the repairs there and then to save you having to arrange another call-out.
Call Pete Allen on 07967 740 623 or email email@example.com to book – Pete will come to your home to tune your piano.
Piano tuning FAQs
1. Why do pianos go out of tune?
There are many reasons why this happens including temperature changes and changes in humidity, but the simple answer is that the strings are constantly exerting a force on the tuning pins which are held in a wooden plank. Even without playing the piano it will gradually come out of tune. Best not to go longer than a year without having your piano tuned – even if it is rarely played. Just like a car, having it seen once a year can prevent a nasty repair bill later on.
2. Does my piano need tuning after moving it?
Definitely yes. The vibration caused by moving it may affect it slightly, but changes in atmosphere, temperature and humidity all have an effect.
3. Is it possible to tune my piano myself?
No. Most people who try generally end up snapping strings which can be expensive. It also takes years of practise to become proficient as a piano is only every truly in tune with itself.
4. How often do should I tune my piano?
Never less than once a year. This helps keep your piano stable (stays in tune). Obviously, if it is played regularly and/or hard it will need tuning more often.5.
5. What precautions can I take to stop my piano from going out of tune?
Try to keep temperature changes to a minimum. The same goes for humidity.
6. How much does it cost to tune a piano?
It costs £60 to tune a piano and £90 for a pitch raise, but it can cost more if your piano has not been tuned for a long time.
Common issues that people have with their pianos that require a visit
Whilst most piano play faultlessly for years and years without much in the way of attention except for tuning, when pianos get older or they’ve been stored in a garage and/or not been used for some time then they can develop problems.
This can be due to a variety of causes. If the piano has been stored in a slightly damp environment they they felt bushes inside the action and the keys can swell slightly and cause the notes to feel sluggish or sticky. This can usually be cured to lubricating the offending parts which can sometimes be deep within the action. This requires the notes in the action being dismantled and lubricated or the keys taken out and lubricated, most of which can be done in your home.
Another cause of sticking notes can be the tapes disintegrating due to age. These are found at the front of the action on an upright and it’s fairly easy to see which ones have gone. If only one or two are perished and the others are fairly sound then the decayed ones can be replaced. However, sometimes they are all in state of precarious disintegration and all of the tapes have to be replaced. This is best done by taking the action away, replacing all the tapes and rebuilding it.
Odd notes coming out of tune
This is often due to loose wrest pins. These are the black pegs that the strings are attached to. The only thing that keeps them from coming undone is the tightness of the fit of the wrest pins in the plank which is the wooden block that they are fitted into (not always visible). Sometimes due to age and wear and tear the wrest pins become loose. This can be cured by driving to pins slightly further home or by replacing the wrest pin with a slightly larger one. This can sometimes mean that the string will also have to be replaced as it looses elasticity over time and can break with replacing the pin. This can be done in your home although some bass strings may have to be specially ordered should they need replacement.
Piano not having been tuned for a long time
Over time, if not tuned regularly a piano will start to loose pitch and become flat. Not only will it start to sound out of tune with itself but the note A (440hz at concert pitch) will loose pitch and become flat. Pianos sound best at the pitch which they were designed to be and generally, the sharper they are the brighter they sound although tuning a piano above concert pitch is not generally recommended unless there is a specific reason and the piano is capable of taking the extra strain. There are tons of pressure exerted by the strings on the iron frame so it’s so surprise that they tend to come out of tune and go flat over time. A piano that has not been tuned for some time may not hold its tune as well as one that has been tuned regularly so regular tuning is highly recommended.
I’m also a professional pianist so I always give the piano a quick play after a tuning just to make sure that everything is ok from the pianists point of view. Often the impression of a piano from the playing point of view is slightly different from that of the piano tuner’s. A piano can sometimes play better than might be expected!
If time is allowing I sometimes (!) polish the pedals of some of the other brasses. It’s amazing what a difference a few minutes of the right kind of polishing can do. I often give the keys a quick clean too. It’s surprising how much dirty can be on the keyboard without anybody really knowing it.
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