Greg's Piano Tuning

and Repair

*Maysel, West Virginia 304-587-4961*

Serving the Greater Kanawha Valley of West Virginia and Beyond.

Tuning piano's for over 21 years, I originally obtained my Master Piano Tuner Certification in 1996 while working part-time for a local piano store. I take great pride in bringing you a perfect piano tuning everytime.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often does my piano need tuned?
Piano manufacturers recommend you have a new piano tuned 4 times in the first year and then 2 times a year after that. Because your piano contains materials such as wood and felt, it is subject to change with climatic conditions. Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet cause its materials to swell and contract, affecting tone, pitch, and action response. Your piano is an investment in your future. It can bring you and your family a lifetime of music, adding immeasurable joy and beauty to your home. Since it is also such a large investment, it should be maintained with the utmost care. Regular tuning will preserve your instrument and help you avoid costly repairs in the future. Several factors can contribute to this. The intensity and number of hours your instrument is played, and climatic conditions are all determinants. A piano kept in relatively consistent conditions which are neither too wet nor dry, optimally at a temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 42 percent relative humidity, will require less adjustment.

Concerning Older Piano’s
From time to time I am asked for advice about older pianos (1950’s and before) and whether they are worth putting money into.
To put it simply, I would not buy or even accept as a gift any piano that has the following issues:
Black or Rusted Strings
What to look for: Lift the lid on the top of the piano and inspect the strings with a flashlight. Black or rusted strings are brittle and have a tendency to break when tuned. They have a severely reduced tonal quality and do not hold tunings well. This a condition that only gets worse with age.
Loose Tuning Pins
After many years, due to the constant pull of the strings and climate fluctuations that effect on the wood pin block, tuning pins will start to loosen. This is a condition that never improves and makes it impossible for the piano to hold tune. There are temporary fixes such as glueing and replacement, but if one pin is loose it’s only a matter of time before they all start loosening.
What to look for: If you have certain notes that are severely out of tune with the others it could be a symptom of loosening pins.
Warped Hammers, Action, and Keys
Many older pianos have brand specific key and action parts. In most cases the company that manufactured them went out of business years ago. Keys are cut in matching sets and rarely are sold as singles and even then need to be drastically customized in order to get them to work.
If there are problems with the action warping there is very little you can do but try to alter or replace parts which might not even be available anymore. Again this a condition that only gets worse with age.
What to look for: Using a flash light look down at the hammers while playing any key that doesn’t sound right. If it is not hitting the right strings or is hitting the strings of another note then there may be warping.
Other things to look for in the Action:
Worn Hammer Felts
Broken Hammer Shanks
Broken Action Parts
It is not my intention to scare anyone off from acquiring an older piano and the above advice is not indicative of all pianos but in most cases pianos with these conditions will end up costing you more money than they are worth. That being said there are always exceptions to the rule. Pianos that have been kept in climate controlled conditions and tuned and serviced at least yearly will have a better chance of being in good shape despite their age.
If you have questions about any piano or would like me to evaluate the condition of one you are considering acquiring please call me 304-587-4961

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