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Piano FAQ

Pianos are complicated instruments, so its likely you have questions. Check out some of these FAQ's, or get in touch to get your question answered today!

How often should I get my piano tuned?

With nearly 20 tons of pressure being exerted from the strings to the wooden soundboard, it is inevitable that the strings will stretch. Other factors i.e. weather and playing time will also impact tuning stability over time.

It is therefore recommended that a piano with normal use be tuned once every 12 months.

Teachers pianos or older pianos may require more attention. Shaun will advise the tuning frequency once he has assessed your instrument. 

Far away? In a regional area?

Shaun covers a large area of western Victoria, and lives between Mildura in Victoria's north/west and Warrnambool on the south/west coast.

Please get in touch and I'll happily let you know when I can make it to your area. 

Does Shaun Service Pianolas?

Shaun can tune and perform repairs on the piano action of a pianola.

Shaun does not currently restore or perform major repairs on the pianola action, however he does know of people both regionally and in metro areas that repair/restore them. If you have questions regarding pianolas please get in touch!

What about older pianos?

Whilst an older piano may still be serviceable, pianos do inevitably deteriorate beyond economic repair. Most pianos have a life of around 80-100 years. It is important to note that pianos of this age are rarely at concert pitch.

Shaun will advise to what degree the piano can be tuned to, as some may be beyond repair. 

What does a regular piano tuning consist of?

A regular tuning will involve a fine tuning of the piano, as well as checking for any sticking notes or problems with the piano action. This process usually takes 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

Considerably flat pianos will require a pitch raise (depending on piano condition) which is essentially a rough tuning to bring the strings up to concert pitch, followed by a fine tuning.

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