Piano Tuning

When approaching a piano I always asses the playability, tonal quality and the condition of the instrument as listed below. A tuning, when done on regular intervals will keep your instrument sounding and playing its best and will also keep the piano from making mistakes for you that you might otherwise blame on yourself. Many people don’t realize it, but the piano slips out of tune in an ongoing basis and sooner than you know it will be out of tune. Being trained at George Brown College, we were trained to tune by ear with many meticulous tests and exercises that have profited me greatly in serving the musical community.

You develop your ear as you play your piano, thus when your piano is out of tune and your ear doesn’t realize it you think that everything is fine. Tuning your piano is the best thing that you can do for ear training

I was asked to hold seminars for the music teachers association at the University of Prince Edward Island and made this point, “Keeping your piano in tune is your responsibility, getting it in tune is mine”

I am happy to put you on a schedule to tune your piano, but it is you that has to discipline yourself to accept the appointment and keep a regular schedule with its upkeep… remember I am there to serve and assist you in any way possible but it is up to you to follow through with the appointments.

Tuning your piano actually resets each string of each note (that’s about 230+ strings folks) together in a well balanced harmony that both trains your ear and pleases it. This is quite a task considering that there are tension points that are multiple along the length of each string, the fact that many notes have 3 strings to tune together to sound as one and the fact that the tuning has to be uniform from bottom to top.

Each piano has its own scaling and as a result its own sound. You may never notice this unless you play 2 pianos together that have been tuned separately. There would be unmistakeable clashes no matter how accurate the tuning. It is the nature of the instrument in its design. That is why good piano duets such as the musical 2 pianos 4 hands (which I have tuned for often), use two of the same model of piano

Standard Work Includes:

  • Visually Inspect Case, Keys condition, to see if the action is clean, working properly, for rusty strings, any cracks in the Soundboard if Bridges are split, cracking, eye lash cracks, loose pins and back frame & Plate
  • Check and Tighten Bench Bolts, Pinblock Bolts, all accessible Plate Screws
  • Check and Adjust Pedals
  • Play Piano and check Tone, Continuity
  • Spot Check Tuning Pin tightness
  • Check Pitch
  • Check Temperature and Relative Humidity
  • Record all information for customer piano history.
  • Tune to A440 standard pitch

For prices or further information please call Mike Klomp of Klomp’s Piano services at 519.802.5364 or by email, mikeklomp17@hotmail.com