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Keep your piano tuned"Thank You" to all my great clients over the past 40+ years. Happily I'm now retired from tuning, but I still sell top quality Schaff Piano tools and my own tuning and repair booklets on this website.

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Though I'm no longer tuning pianos I always enjoy discussing pianos and piano problems with their owners. Please call or send me an EMAIL and I'll be happy to offer whatever knowledge or advice I can.

(816) 214-5356


Questions and Answers

Q. How often should my piano be tuned?

A. Home pianos should be tuned twice a year (spring and fall, for example, to allow for moisture changes during those seasons). Serious students and professionals may tune their pianos more often. 3 or 4 tunings the first year may be required for new pianos. As a general rule, once a year is about the minimum to keep a piano in playing condition.

Q. I want to move my piano to a another room. Will I need to have it retuned if I do?

A. As long as the place you're moving the piano to doesn't have a different climate than where it's been, there should be no problem. But moving it from a damp basement to a drier living room may affect the tuning. Let it acclimate to the new location a couple of weeks. Be very careful of the piano legs (and your back) if you plan to move it yourself. See my article on moving pianos for more.

Q. I've heard I shouldn't have my piano against an outside wall. Is this true?

A. With today's tightly constructed and insulated houses it probably doesn't make much difference. Don't place it in direct sunlight, in front of a drafty window, or near a heating or air conditioning vent. If you're comfortable standing in front of that wall, your piano will be also.

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Q. Is there anything I can do to help my piano stay in tune between professional tunings?

A. Controlling moisture is important. In humid climates installing a simple and inexpensive dehumidifier helps tuning stability and prevents key and action sluggishness. In dry climates a whole humidifying system can be installed. Having it tuned regularly also helps. If it has been more than a year since the last tuning, it won't hold as well as if you serviced it twice a year.

Q. What should I use to clean my piano keys?

A. To clean plastic, a little soap and water on a sponge works. Use a SLIGHTLY damp sponge, with maybe a little dishwashing liquid. Don't use so much water that you get moisture into the keyboard. With real ivory, use even less water and wipe off the excess immediately. If ivory remains wet for long it can warp. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners.

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