I am an aural tuner, which means that I tune by ear. I use an electronic meter to measure how far out of tune the piano is and to adjust the starting note. I then tune the rest of the piano in relation to that note.

If a piano is more than a certain amount out of tune, it needs one or more rough-tunings to raise or lower the tension and equalize it. That creates a stable foundation for the fine tuning. Rough-tunings are usually done in the same visit for an extra fee.

Why and how often to tune your piano:

• Strings are always stretching due to tension
• Seasonal humidity changes alter soundboard pressure on strings
• Moving, hard playing & loose tuning pins cause changes
• New pianos need tuning 2-4 times first year
• If piano is played often, tune 2-4 times a year
• If piano is rarely or never played, tune every year or two

If your piano is subject to large swings in humidity, it may need the Dampp-Chaser humidity control system. I have installed many of these and they have improved the tuning stability in homes, churches and schools.

Some background noises produce tones that interfere with the sounds I need to hear. This includes vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, chain saws, loud music and dogs that bark or howl. Please don’t schedule these activities during the tuning. Talking and television do not interfere.