Piano Tuning
David Featherstone - A Master Technician

The piano is a unique instrument with the largest amount of pitches of any acoustic musical device today. Proper consideration must be given to all aspects that are directly tied to what we call tuning. Structural and mechanical aspects changing with temperature and humidity variations, playing time, relative age of the strings, and how hard one plays effect tuning.

Players that regularly practice don't often hear the minute changes in pitch until suddenly it seems "to have gone out of tune all at once." A piano takes up to 24 hours to acclimate to a different temperature and up to 10 days for humidity changes. Therefore, after a week of rain and humidity it will go sharp and sound out of tune. When the heat or air comes on and dries out the entire house and you experience static electricity in the carpet the piano will be flat and out of tune.

There are many thoughts on the frequency one ought to tune their piano each year. Marketing plays a huge roll in what you are told because the more you tune the more money your tuner makes. Here is his advice: tune the same time every year and more often if it bothers you. If your piano stays relatively close to pitch you will not harm your piano by not tuning it. If it gets way out of tune then you will simply have to pay more to get it back to pitch and then deal with more frequent tunings to keep it steady. If it doesn't bother you then quit worrying about it! This might sound like blasphemy but it is the truth. Some of the best players we know are so caught up in their heads they don't realize a tuning problem until it is way, way out. Students of the Suzuki piano method are taught to listen so carefully that they lock in quickly to intonation (another word for tuning) problems at an early age.

Chronic intonation problems are usually the result of 1) structural problems or 2) humidity issues within the space. Structural problems require restoration to some degree. Humidity issues can be tempered with humidity control devices attached to the piano out of sight.

How a piano is tuned has a lot to do with how long it remains in tune. As a master technician, he knows how to adjust and set a tuning pin with the tuning lever so it stays in tune longer. David uses both his natural ear and digital calibration to make sure your tuning is the best money can buy!

The tuning time, generally, a little more than an hour, can vary depending on the condition and amount of time since the last tuning. Therefore, the cost can vary as well.

Call David Featherstone at 214-349-3318 to have your piano evaluated and receive a cost estimate for the necessary work. By offering reasonable affordable prices, he can accurately access and provide the finest available parts and materials to complete his work tuning or otherwise.