A+ Piano Tuning
We tune and move pianos. Affordable rates, reliable, and honest.
Please refer to the FAQS at the bottom. To book an appointment, fill out the form below and must submit a deposit of $50 towards to the total cost of your tuning using the PayPal "donation" button above.
Frequenty Asked Questions: In no particular order
Q: Do you move pianos?
A: Sometimes. We generally stick to smaller upright pianos with little obstacles. We have a professional moving company we recommend for larger instruments.
Q: How long does it take to tune my piano?
A: There are a few things to consider here. When was the last time it was tuned? Are there any mechanical problems with the piano such as keys sticking or hammers broken or bent or pedals not working? How long has the piano been sitting and not been played? Do you know if they strings are corroded or not? If you can look at the strings and see you tarnish or a brown rust looking color then your strings are corroded. In Florida, this is common. Also, even if the piano is out of tune, when you play the keys the strings will have a harsh sound to them like a whinning or growling sound. This is indication that the strings are corroded. All these factors impact how long it will take to tune your instruments. Instruments that are kept up and played and taken care of and tuned regularly can take 30 minutes to 60 minutes to tune but Iv'e found this to be rare. Most clients do not take care of their pianos and it ends up taking about 1-2 hours to get the piano in a decent place. A follow up tuning or 2 will be needed the worse off the instrument is but IT IS WORTH IT!
Q: Why are follow up tunings necessary?
A: Once your piano is generally tuned, it will "settle" meaning the strings will acclimate to their new tuning tension according to the enviroment of temperature and humidity of the place it is kept. When it settles, the strings may fall out of tune and need to be tweaked a couple weeks later. At this point, the instrument will likely keep its tuning save mechnical issues or being moved around etc.
Q: How often do I need to tune my piano?
A: Best case is every 3-6 months. The more it is played, the more it will need to be tuned but usually 3-6 months is normal. If youp lay less, once a year might be OK but it'll take a bit longer for the tuner to do the job and may cost more money if you are only servicing it once a year.
Q: How does playing my piano affect it's tuning and condition?
A: The more you play your instrument the better your instrument will become. I like to use an automobile analogy. If you have a vehicle and you just let it sit, the tires will go flat and rot. The battery will die. The gas tank will accumulate moisture. The engine may seize. The point is, if you don't use it it will stop working and you'll have to fix a lot of things on it. A piano is the same. If it just sits, then things will stop working and corrode. Keys won't move as free. Same with pedals. Etc. Another side fact is, just like the human voice needs to be warmeds up to sing at it's best sound quality, there are organic qualities to a piano that are the same. There has been a lot of science behind this in recent years. You can read more here from the Tone Rite website: http://www.tonerite.com/faq/
Q: How much do you charge?
A: I don't charge per hour. I charge more for my expertise and effort than time. An easy piano we can generally do for abour $100. The more challenging instrument could be $150-$200. Additional repairs could incur more costs but we generally fix general things a long the way and don't charge for it. In town we do not charge a travel fee. Out of town we may have to.
Q: Why is piano tuning pricey?
A: Most people can't do it themselves. Piano tuners are rare. Piano tuners spend decades continually improving their skills to provide the best product to you. The price shouldn't scare you off. You only have to have it done 1-2 times a year generally and if you keep up with it and play your piano regularly it's only about $10-$15 a month if you broke it down.
Q: What should I do to the piano before you come?
A: Please clean it and make sure all we have to do is open it up and do our job. If we have to move all your pictures and things from on top of it and clean the keys of spider webs that's just an inconvenience for us when we want to focus on tuning your piano well.
Q: What else do I need to know before you come?
A: Having a quiet enviroment is essential to doing a great job quickly of tuning your piano. You don't have to leave the house but please, lets schedule a time when there aren't kids playing and construction going on etc.
If you have any questions beyond these FAQS please let us know. We are here to help you.