PIANO TUNING AND REPAIR
Easing piano keys.
Removing an upright action for repairs.
Tuning a Samick upright piano.
Installing a Piano Life Saver climate control system in a Kawai grand piano.
The bottom workings of the Piano Life Saver system.
Removing all keys to clean the key bed and ease all the key bushings to fix sticky keys.
Repairing the wippen on a piano action.
Pianos have over 12,000 individual parts so it is important to keep such an intricate instrument maintained. Due to aging components and changes in seasons it is recommended to have a piano technician tune and inspect your piano every 6 months. During the spring/summer the humid weather will expand the soundboard and keys, during the fall/winter the dry weather will contract these components. Having a tuner every 6 months will ensure that the piano is in tip top shape all year round.
Installing a climate control system helps keep the piano in its own little eco system regulating the relative humidity level year round.
PIANO TUNING & REPAIR
I am certified by the Piano Technician Academy to tune, regulate and repair your piano. I understand that your sound comes from how comfortable you are with your instrument. That's why my focus is to tune and regulate the piano the players needs. My focus is to help my clients create beautiful music!
In most cases the piano must be inspected in person to provide an accurate estimate. Sticking keys and other repairs must be quoted upon inspection.
Serving DC, Maryland, Virginia
6 month tuning interval - $150
For pianos that have been keeping up with normal tuning intervals. This service is for pianos that have been been on a normal 6 month tuning schedule. The starting pitch will be measured with an electronic graphing device to confirm if this fits your tuning needs.
Basic tuning - $200
For pianos that have not been tuned on a regular basis but the pitch is still within 20% deviation. The starting pitch will be measured with an electronic graphing device to confirm if this fits your tuning needs.
Tuning with pitch raise - $250
For pianos that have not been tuned in several years. Neglected pianos will lose string tension over the years. In order to properly tune the piano all the string tension must first be pulled up to specifications and then a fine tuning will be performed. In certain cases it may take several 6 month tuning intervals to completely stabilize the tuning.
The starting pitch will be measured with an electronic graphing device to confirm if this fits your tuning needs.
Voicing - $250
If your pianos tone is too bright this service will provide a more softer, rounder tone and improve sustain.
Soundboard cleaning - $150
Grand pianos will collect dust on the soundboard, bridge and tuning pin area. This service will clean the dust in all hard to reach areas, especially the soundboard which can not be accessed due to the strings being in the way. For upright pianos the cabinet will get cleaned and all keys removed to clean the entire key bed.
Exterior clean and polish - $200
Detail cleaning of the pianos exterior. Gloss black pianos will get polished and waxed, satin and natural finish pianos will get cleaned and a special solvent applied for satin or natural finishes.
Give the gift of music! Gift certificates are completely customizable to fit your budget and service needs.
PIANO LIFE SAVER SYSTEM
The Piano Life Saver System is an internal humidity control system that is engineered to protect what is arguably the world’s most complex musical instrument: the piano. By having a Certified Installer install the unit you can rest assure that it is properly installed on your prized possession and you take full advantage of warrant claims and repairs if ever needed.
Estimates may vary on the piano:
Upright piano systems start at $700
Grand piano systems start at $780
If you or anyone you know is in need of a piano please let me know. I have a special interest in providing pianos for students, venues, retirement centers or places of worship.
The only cost for the recipient is the moving fee and initial tuning cost.
Reach out to me for questions or details on my piano donation program!