What New Piano Owners Should Know

Having a new piano in your home can be rewarding and sometimes a challenge.

Tuning (a new/used piano)

Sometimes (and it happens quite often) you get lucky and the piano is not too bad, a single, normal tuning gets it right back in shape. ($125.00 plus tax)

Sometimes you get a piano that has been neglected or in a poor environment and it requires additional tuning to restore it to proper pitch and a pleasant sound. This is called a Pitch Raise. Depending on how many tunings the piano will need to reach a440 a collection of several tunings cost $165 to $225.

FYI – It is recommended that the piano will need time to adjust to a new environment so wait 3 or 4 weeks to have it tuned. You can call to set that appointment in advance and get some more information about what to expect.

Needs Some Work

Sometimes, a piano needs more than a basic tuning to get all the notes working and playing well. It may be as simple as removing a coin from between two keys (no charge) missing or broken parts, adjustments to how the parts work. I will look the piano over
and make suggestion to what needs to be done to getting it in good working order.

Beyond Simple Repairs

It is amazing how old a piano can be and still work to some degree. But at some point things need to be repaired or replaced. Some parts are wool (eaten by mice or moths), plastic (become brittle), brass (stress fractures), wood (dries out and cracks), rubber and leather (worn or dries out), and glue joints fail.

Ok – this may sound bad but not all these thing happen to every note and not all at the same time. The goal is to figure out what you have, what needs to be done, and what makes sense to fit your needs.

The piano will be played and enjoyed more when it sounds good and works well.

In my initial visit I will inspect the piano and determine what needs to be done, what repairs will cost, and how the repairs will effect piano.