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PIANO TUNING AND REPAIR
PIANO TUNING AND REPAIR
In addition to being a musician, I am trained piano technician/tuner and offer free consultantions to families needing to acquire a piano for their children, as well as for adults who decided to return to the instrument. Getting a good instrument that's also good enough to play well on is very important. Parents often find themselves caught in a dilemma when choosing a piano. Investing in a really good one before the student has proven their commitment is a financial gamble many don't want to understandably take. Thus, the "free" piano option found online or from a friend is very appealing. I encourage anyone to approach this area with extreme caution. Many of these instruments are too worn out to play well on, not worth repairing, and/or too expensive to repair. It should definitely be inspected just as one would have a car inspected by a mechanic before purchasing it. All too often there are many people who simply take their chances based on urgency and/or external appearance only. A thorough inspection of the condition of the parts on the inside is what really needs to be seen!
Pianos can be refurbished or totally restored, but it's expensive and often cost prohibitive. An older worn out piano usually isn't worth that kind of expense unless the value is highly sentimental, and the necessary resources are available. That's mean money. And if it was to be refurbished, the question to be answered is, "will anybody in the family really play it often enough to justify the expense, and take on the responsibility of moving it, maintaining it, etc"?
In spite of the piano industry having undergone many changes in recent years, there are plenty of folks who prefer the sound, look and feel of a genuine acoustic piano versus the digital variety. I don't have statistics on the current level of interest in the serious study of the piano. It sure seems that there's been a decrease in the number of students who seriously pursue the piano literature of the great composers. The more popular easy styles heard online and radio are undoubtedly more accessible and just as enjoyable to play. In most situations, a digital piano is indeed a good option for this type of student. However, there are still countless pianos out there waiting for someone to bring forth its music!
With that said, your piano should be on a regular maintenance schedule. At least one tuning every 8 to 12 months is recommended. Temperature and humidity are the main issues that affect tuning, among other things.
I have a free 21-page document waiting for you that goes into more detail about these and other piano tech related topics. It would be my pleasure to send it to you!