How Often To Tune A Piano
Keep Your Piano At Its Best

New pianos: When your piano is brand new, the new strings will stretch out like rubber bands and the piano will go out of tune. This is a normal and crucial process for the piano. The wood is settling as well so it's very important to maintain the right pressure at all times.

After the piano has been delivered, let it acclimate to its new humidity levels for 7-10 days and then have it tuned. After the initial tuning, have your piano retuned every three months for the first year. Tuning your piano more often in its first year will stabilize string tension and will help the piano hold its tune much better for future generations.

Older pianos: Should be tuned a minimum of once annually or more often if needed. For heavy or professional use even more frequent service is required. In concert halls and recording studios, the piano is typically tuned before each performance.

There are two ways a piano goes out of tune:

  1. Out of tune with itself. Some notes in tune, others out of tune.
  2. Out of tune with the standard-A440. Sometimes a piano may sound relatively in tune with itself, but the entire piano's pitch may have dropped or raised as a whole from the standard pitch.

Planning your tuning: Because humidity is the key factor in the piano's stability in tuning, a good plan is have the instrument tuned after major climactic changes. You are looking for a time when the humidity levels are as stable as possible. For example, if it has been raining for 3 days and looks like more rain is in the picture you should not tune your piano. Changes in your piano caused by humidity are very slow processes. If you tuned during the humid period mentioned above, your piano would be out of tune the following week.