Piano tuning and repair for pianos that I have never seen or that I have not tuned recently and need extra service. I will spend the extra time needed for pitch adjustment and/or small repairs. If your piano needs more service that exceeds a two time window I will provide a quote for your situation/my hourly rate will apply. If you are unsure if your piano is serviceable, we can prevent an unhappy situation by sending me a text message or email with a quick video of the piano being played (a diatonic scale will do/white keys from left to right). I can usually make a correct judgement call with this information. If you can let me know ahead of time of keys that are not working properly, I can anticipate any special parts I might need before arriving.
Piano tuning for pianos that are tuned regularly and have good structural integrity and are in a reasonably stable climate. I have been tuning pianos professionally for over 20 years. I offer aural tuning service and also have access to the latest technology in professional tuning software. I combine the use of aural tuning and iRCT to make your piano sound its best. I always listen to the piano to check intervals and make refined adjustments for ideal musicality. Your piano will be tuned both precisely and musically. I tune for several music professionals in my service area and they can attest to my tuning prowess. I tune to equal temperament and I custom build the tuning to match your piano’s potential. In most circumstances I will tune to frequency A=440 Hz. I offer custom temperaments at customer's request and expense.
Piano Tuning service for a piano that has not been tuned in a while, or that has been exposed to extreme climate change may be significantly flat or sharp in one or more area of the piano. This service is necessary to attain proper string tension and stability. The price is contingent upon how far off your piano is from concert pitch, how much time it takes, and the structural integrity of the piano being worked on. I often use iRCT- professional tuning software- for pitch raises these days, which reduces the amount of time spent on getting your piano up to pitch.
I also specialize in adjusting the tone quality of your piano. Are you unhappy with the harsh, brassy or nasal sound of your piano? Do you have notes that seem to stick out more than others? I can help! Tone regulation is not limited to what can be done by manipulating hammer felt. I work with you to help determine the sound that you like from your piano, and help to make your experience more enjoyable.
Regulation is a series of adjustments that allow the piano player to make music with ease, and increase your piano's dynamic range. A poorly regulated piano may result in the keys to seem to get stuck/not repeat when playing low in the key, or playing softly. It can also make the piano feel too light or too heavy. I specialize in regulation of all piano types. Service quote for current customers available upon request.
The Piano Technician's Guild has a very good resource that can explain piano regulation in more detail:
https://www.ptg.org/ptgmain/piano/care/servicing piano restoration
I also offer maintenance and cleaning services.
This service will eliminates unnecessary friction, dirt/debris that could be causing problems or noise. I take the action out and service it in your home. Services include items like dry brushing dirt from soundboard, bridges, plate, pin block area, and action cavity; vacuuming keyframe and key mortises; polishing key pins and capstans; treating heel cloth, lubricating knuckles, clean key tops and adjust sustain pedal. Upon inspection I will give you a quote depending on your piano's needs. I use all piano specific/appropriate lubricants on action cloth and hardware.
Gets rid of clicks, squeaks, and sluggish keys & dirt. I take out the action and service it in your home. Service includes: cleaning key bed (under keys) tightening screws, polishing key pins, getting rid of squeaks and creaks & pedal adjustments. I can give you a quote for what your piano needs- Hammer filing/alignment, voicing, lost motion adjustment, key easing, and other small repairs or regulation adjustments.
Same as “Vertical Action Maintenance" but it takes longer because of the design of the piano