Piano tuning: $155
(If your piano has not been tuned in over a year, there may be an additional charge of $35 for a pitch correction or rough tuning. Read more about pitch corrections.)
Trip Charge: $25 for all service calls in central NoVA. $35 for DC (NW & SW), Bethesda, & Potomac. $45 for NE & SE DC and Leesburg.
Repairs and other services: Cost is determined on a per job basis. Please don't hesitate to call or email to discuss your piano's needs.
36-Hour Cancellation Policy: Please read more here.
Description of Services
_Piano tuning is the adjustment of the tension of each string in the piano to set its optimal pitch. Increasing a strings tension causes its pitch to rise and lowering its tension causes the pitch to drop. Although (most) pianos have 88 keys, they usually have over 200 strings. Most notes actually have three strings, while the lowest notes have either two or one string per note. A tuning typically takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. For more information, please see:
What makes a piano go out of tune?
How often should I have my piano tuned?
_Voicing is the adjustment of the tone quality of each note. The pitch, which is adjusted with tuning, is whether the note is high or low. The tone quality or timbre, on the other hand, is whether the note is bright or dark, shrill or mellow, round and plump or sharp and piercing. Because the tuning affects our perception of voicing, a piano must first be well tuned to assess its voice. The goal of voicing is to achieve evenness from note to note, to create a range of tonal colors at different dynamic levels, and to create a tone quality that is suitable to the player - which is subjective from person to person. Voicing is achieved by ensuring that each hammer is striking all three strings simultaneously, ensuring that the strings are well seated on the bridges, and by softening or hardening the felt of the hammers.
_Regulation is the adjustment of the mechanism, or action, inside the piano. It effects how the piano feels and plays. When you depress the key of a piano, a series of levers transmit the energy of the movement of the key into the hammer which strikes the strings. There is a series of adjustments that determine how the key stroke controls the hammer. The goal of regulation is to create an even response from key to key and to create the widest possible range of expressiveness with the greatest degree of control.
Other services available:
I only service acoustic pianos. I do not service Clavinovas or other electronic keyboards.
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