Piano regulation advice


If your car is going to run well, its needs a tune-up from time to time.   In the same way, if you want your piano to play well over the years, it will need a regulation from time to time.  As a piano ages and  is played, action parts shift from optimum positions, screws loosen, pads wear thin,  and things get out of line and out of sync.  When a piano gets into this condition, we say that it is out of regulation: It  does not work right, and it becomes progressively frustrating to play.  The solution is to call your piano “mechanic” to get things back in order again.

What about cost? Regulation is labor intense.  A full regulation can take as many as ten to fifteen hours, depending on the type of piano you have and how badly it is out of regulation.   Obviously, it will cost significantly more than a tuning.    Fortunately, however, your piano will not need regulation as often as it needs tuning, nor will it need regulation as frequently as your car needs a tune-up.  I do spot regulation on many pianos that I tune — a note here, and a note there. I have also done minor or partial regulations of pianos when customers wanted their pianos to work better but didn’t feel that they  were in a position to spend the money a full regulation would require. These procedures cost less, and can help delay the need for a full regulation.

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