Upright and grand piano tuning
Professional and experienced tuning for your home, school, concert hall or event
From private homes to schools, concert halls and festivals
As professional, experienced piano tuners, we pride ourselves on offering customers a high quality, reliable and friendly piano service. William Young Piano Tuning covers a wide area around the Devon and Somerset border; call Tom Read on 07714 993171 for more details or to book an appointment.
How often should I have my piano tuned?
Usually a domestic piano should require 1 to 2 tunings per year. This depends on consistency of temperature and humidity, whether it's been moved, and how much (and to what standard) the piano is played.
It is important to keep pianos regularly tuned even if they are not played. Leaving them for too long can result in the pitch slipping so significantly that large adjustments to the pins are required, which will necessitate more than one tuning appointment.
Generally wrest pins do not hold when adjusted too much at once. There is also the risk of snapping strings, necessitating further visits to replace bass strings (because these are bespoke to each piano) and to retune new treble and bass strings.
Small adjustments on a regular basis will ensure that new strings and additional visits within weeks can largely be avoided.
Concert pianos, however, need tuning before rehearsal and again before the performance; this is because of the change in heat and humidity from warm stage lighting, as well as heavy playing.
A successful tuning relies on firm tuning pins. This enables the tuner to achieve the minute adjustments and stability needed, given the extreme tension on the strings. Pianos that do not hold their tune may be saved by re-pinning with larger wrest pins. If this is not possible, and the quality of the piano warrants further investment, a new wrest plank and pins can be fitted.
Tuning alone will not affect the touch or tone of a piano, only the pitch. However, tunings can sometimes flag up work that is required to the action of a piano to improve the consistency of touch and perhaps tone. We are experienced technicians as well as tuners. If minor repairs can be undertaken in situ, this will be done wherever possible to minimise time and cost. It's also easy to arrange transport of your piano to our workshop if more extensive work is required.