Some pianos can’t be tuned to pitch. Pitch or Concert Pitch is the standard pitch all instruments are tuned to so they can be played together.
When you get your piano tuned a good tuner will talk to you about what the piano is being used with and if the piano is flat and needs a pitch raise. This is normally about $165 on top of the tuning fee.
Why the extra cost? When we do a pitch raise the string we have just tuned will drop in pitch and so we need to tune the piano twice to get it to sound nice. The whole point of the excersize.
Pianos will drop in pitch over 12 months so if the piano is not tuned for years it needs to be pulled up to pitch.
Can the piano be tuned on the pitch it is at. Yes and a lot of piano are tuned below pitch. Some even sound better tuned flat. However it is not recommended if the piano is being used for practice with someone learning.
So why is this. The main reason is confusion. You play the piano at home every day then go to the piano teacher for the lesson and the pitch is higher. Your lesson is 30 minutes and you make mistakes because the piano sounds different so you might lose 10 minutes going over pieces that you would have played perfectly at home.
Call Piano Magic 9477 5866 to have the tune checked on your piano. Gary can always make it sound better.
This is an interesting question. There is a lot to understand about why different models in a particular brand, can have such a variation in price .
Things to consider in the price variations!
If the piano is secondhand , the piano age, of the model you are looking to buy ?
Do you know if the piano has been regularly tuned and maintained, by a Registered Tuner and Technician?
Does the purchase of the piano include the stool, the piano being tuned prior to delivery, a complimentary tune, does it include the delivery of the piano to your home.?
If you are buying from a store , are you being offered Warranty? Warranty is good, but only if it is genuine. How do you know that it will be ? You don’t really have an answer for that.!
Here at Piano Magic, we offer back up and after sales service !
This service is given by Gary, as he is the one who has his name on the line, as he owns the store and he is also the person that comes to deliver the piano, and tunes the piano at the times of after sales service.
Here at Piano Magic, we generally shift the piano one day and come back the following week to do the piano tuning. This is done for logistical reasons. We like to shift the pianos with 2 people present at the time of doing the shift. This is for Duty of Care reasons and we are less likely to hurt ourselves.
As I am sure you will agree , having 2 people shifting the piano is good, however if I was to tune the piano at the same time as doing your piano shift, there would be a person sitting waiting for me to do the piano tuning and this is not a cost effective exercise.
Here at Piano Magic, we prefer to do all our shifting of pianos in one day and we are very organised. The day we have chosen is Saturday.
I tune pianos from Monday to Friday inclusive and can generally tune a piano after it is shifted within a week or two.
It use to be said that pianos had to wait a few weeks before they were tuned!
This is not so important in our current years, as we have sealed bitumen roads and much better methods of shifting pianos. The old days of horse and cart and our rough gravel roads, have made it much easier and gentler on pianos.
Generally a piano needs tuning once a year.
If you are playing the piano daily then perhaps each 6 months and in April and October.
If your child has left home and the piano is not being played then we recommend that the tuning be left no longer than 2 years.
The reason for this is that moths can infest the piano without you knowing and eat the ‘felts’.
Repair costs range from $1650 to $4500 / $5000. Also the pitch may drop with the only remedy being a pitch raise at the time of the next tuning, this will add extra cost to the tune.
Once the piano drops a lot in pitch it is more difficult to put the piano back in tune. There is also a further risk that the piano will not hold it’s tune once it gets past this point. (This problem can be fixed though, please contact us if you have further queries. 08 9477 5866
You can read more on our blog: How often should you tune your piano
How much to tune a piano in Perth WA? Answer from $275.00. ( The Services part of the website will contain up to date current prices)
This is a very good question! The answer depends on how you want to play the piano once it is tuned.
Also the piano might need work to hold its tuning for a period of time.
It is a general misconception that the tuning on a piano only needs to be “good enough” for a child or starter to practice.
In the world we are currently living in, there are a lot of distractions out there for children and adults. It is not easy to learn piano and a great deal of effort and times needs to be allocated to learning.
The better the piano sounds the more reward for effort ‘ the player gets, and then instead of playing the piano piece once, they might want to play it 2 or 3 times. Consequently the player improves at a greater rate and has a higher self esteem because they are doing well.
If you have read this far you are genuinely interested to have your piano sounding as good as possible so my recommendation is the piano needs to be on standard pitch. (Possible pitch raise if it hasn’t been tuned for some time is $165)
It needs to be comfortable to play.
There might be some play in the keys and sticking notes, (might need some regulating $55 to $550).
Is it an old piano and hasn’t held tune very well in the past, (then it might need the tuning pins tightened $880 to $2800)
This is when it is time to phone 9477 5866 and speak with one of our staff that will help you get the right answers.
Read more about out Tuner Gary Bailey under Services Tuning