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TUNING

Tuning is the underpinning of all piano care.  Piano makers design pianos to work best and sound best at A440.  Most piano manufacturers recommend that their instruments be tuned at least twice a year.

Colorado Springs piano tuningKeeping your piano in tune will not only help it to sound its best; it will also reduce the likelihood of   breaking strings during a tuning.   The longer you allow your piano to go without a tuning, the farther your technician will need to pull the pitch up, and the greater the probability of strings snapping under the tension.

Another benefit of having your piano tuned regularly is that your technician will tend to detect problems before they become serious.  Many of my clients have thanked me for informing them about situations that they would not otherwise have been aware of until those situations  had become troublesome.

It really does pay to keep your piano in tune, because tuning is a your piano’s foundational maintenance need.  I, therefore, highly recommend that you establish the habit of having your piano tuned twice a year.

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REGULATION

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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REPAIRS

Strings break; hammers break; parts wear out.   Nothing is more frustrating than pushing a key down  and hearing a thump instead of a beautiful tone, or two pitches instead of one, or having a key stay down instead of coming up again to meet your finger for the next note.  All of these things indicate that something inside your piano is either broken or has another problem that needs fixing.

Also, your piano must be in good repair in order for the a technician to tune or regulate it properly, and for you to play it without frustration.    Oftentimes  I have gone to tune for someone who has recently acquired and old piano, usually free.  When I arrive at their home, however, instead of being able to tune for them, I may end up using the time I have allotted for that tuning just getting the piano in good enough repair so I can tune it.

Before you call your technician for a tuning, it is a good idea take note of things that are not working right in your instrument, and then tell your tuner about them when you call.  When I have an idea what to expect. I can plan extra time for repairs.  That way it is more likely that you will have neither the let-down of thinking your piano is going to be tuned and then it isn‘t , nor the frustration of having to reschedule instead.

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There other things that can be done to improve your piano, but I don’t do them. Nevertheless, I can usually put you in contact with someone who can, and I will be happy to do that.  Don’t be shy about calling me at (719)330-3780 or writing me at barberpianoserv@gmail.com.