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 raising and small repairs. If the exceeds a two time window, my hourly rate applies. If you are unsure if your piano is serviceable, we can prevent an unhappy ending 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.
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 18 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 the best that it can. I always listen to the piano to make all final adjustments aurally. I still tune most pianos completely aurally unless the piano requires a pitch-correction service or has poor inharmonicity. 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. There are circumstances where I may choose to use software if your piano is severely under pitch or if background noise is excessive.
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. If the extra time it takes is up to a quarter of an hour extra, the fee will be $30. If the time spent is a half hour extra, the fee will be $60. If the piano needs an additional hour of tuning (usually pianos more than 50-100+ cents flat), the additional fee will be $90.
IN HOME Service
Eliminates sluggish keys, action clicking, and dirt. I take the action out and service it in your home. Service includes: 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.
For regulation adjustments and other small repairs or adjustments, I will give you a quote depending on your piano's needs.
I use all appropriate lubricants on action cloth and hardware. No grease or gunk will gum up “the gears”!
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