Tuning & Repair

Serving Asheville, Hendersonville and surrounding areas.

Piano Tuning

One of the first things you’ll notice about your piano is that it can slowly get out of tune, which is why tuning is such an integral part of piano maintenance.

If you’re a beginner, or you only play your piano every once in a while, you may not notice that the piano is going out of tune. But if it is not tuned over many years it can go out of pitch and require more than one tuning to be at standard pitch (A-440) Which means it will not match the rest of the musical world and you will not be able to play with other instruments or recordings.

On average, pianos need to be tuned once a year, although professionals or people who play often will likely need a tuning twice or more, depending on their use.

As we all know, North Carolina has plenty of  humidity changes, which affect the instrument. Usually, your piano will go sharp in the summer and flat in the winter.

The more often you tune your piano, the better it will sound overall. If you wait too long, then the process can be much more involved and time-consuming. Routine maintenance will ensure that you don’t have an instrument sounding poorly for too long.

First time tuning $120

Voicing vs. Tuning

Most people assume that tuning a piano is the same as changing its tone. However, these things are not identical. When you tune your instrument, you’re simply making sure that it’s at the  right pitch. Voicing a piano is when you adjust the way that the keys sound.  

Voicing is a matter of personal preference. Some people like a piano with soft or booming keys, while others prefer an instrument with light or tinny melodies. If you’re not satisfied with your piano’s “voice,” I can help you figure out how to improve it. We’ll work together to ensure that you love the way your piano sounds, guaranteed. 

Piano Repair

Pianos require regular adjustments, like any other machine, to keep them playing properly. Felt parts wear or harden with age, glue joints dry out and wood cracks or becomes brittle. 

The piano has thousands of moving parts that require fine adjustment for optimum performance, especially if you play often. 

Have you ever played a piano on which the notes didn’t repeat, or the action felt sluggish, or keys stuck, or notes continued to ring?  All these annoyances take away from the enjoyment of making music. I’ve diagnosed thousands of pianos and am often able to fix these problems at minimal cost.



Piano Restoration

Most quality pianos life span is about 75 years, although I’ve worked on many that are a 100 years old.  If you have a quality grand piano or a family heirloom it can be restored back to its original new condition.  This would mean new strings, pins, pin block, hammers, dampers, repair of soundboard cracks, and regulation and repair of worn action parts.  Also case refinishing. This work although expensive will essentially add another 75 years to the pianos life for future generations to enjoy.  

A quality piano restoration is often more cost effective than replacing the piano with new.

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