Your piano is an investment in your future. It can bring you and your family a lifetime of music, adding joy and beauty to your home. Since it is also such a large and complex instrument, it should be maintained with the utmost care. Our company provides piano tuning in Toronto. Regular piano tuning service by a qualified piano tuner in Toronto and the GTA area will preserve your instrument and help you avoid costly repairs in the future. The average piano tuning cost is very minimal in comparison to major expenditures which may arise in the case of neglecting piano tuning service.
Why does a piano go out of tune?
In every piano, the strings are under a great deal of tension that is supported by the frame, plate, pin block, tuning pins, bridges, and soundboard. Anything that affects the position of any of these parts will cause a change in tension and make the piano go out of tune.
Although the soundboard has a coating of varnish or lacquer, moisture from the air can seep into and out of the wood, mainly through the end grain. This is the most important factor that causes a good piano with tight tuning pins to go out of tune.
Fluctuations in room temperature surrounding a piano cause a change in tuning. These fluctuations include direct sunlight, heat from various devices, or cool air from the air conditioning unit.
Stretching of the Strings
New music wire has a lot of elasticity, and begins to stretch as soon as you pull it up to pitch. New strings stretch the most during their first few years in a piano. A new piano should receive at least three or four tunings in the first year. Then the stretching of the strings decreases and the pitch remains stable for longer periods of time. After this, the piano should be tuned two times per year at the very minimum. By complying with these maintenance requirements, you will keep your piano tuning cost within reason.
Slipping Tuning Pins
In any piano that has been exposed to regular seasonal humidity changes, the pin block loses its right grip on the pins. When the pins become looser, string tension causes them to rotate slowly over a period of months, allowing the pitch to go flat.
The louder and more often you play a piano, the faster it goes out of tune. This is due to equalization of tension along the length of the strings.
Every piano is subject to one or more factors that will make it go out of tune, including humidity and temperature changes, stretching of the strings, slipping of the tuning pins. Therefore, new pianos should be tuned three or four times per year in the first year after their purchase, and twice per year thereafter.
Since more and more people would like their children to enroll in music lessons, piano tuning in Toronto becomes more essential and important for anyone who owns an upright or grand piano. Let our piano tuner in Toronto and surrounding areas tune and maintain your beloved piano in excellent working condition.
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