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 to the players needs. My goal is to help my clients create beautiful music and optimize your pianos performance!
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
Basic tuning - $200
It is recommended to perform a basic tuning every 6 months. Pianos that have been on an irregular schedule or have missed a couple sessions may require a follow up tuning to reach complete tuning stability. The starting pitch will be measured with an electronic graphing device to confirm if this fits your tuning needs.
Pitch raise - Must be inspected
Pianos that have not been tuned in several years will lose string tension over the years and will require a major pitch correction / pitch raise. In order to properly tune the piano all the string tension must first be pulled up to specifications with several passes and then a fine tuning will be performed. In certain cases it may take several follow up basic tunings to "catch up" from years of missed tunings and to completely stabilize the tuning. A pitch raise is an add-on to the basic tuning service and the cost of this service depends on how far off the pitch is and how many passes are required to bring the pitch up to standard pitch (a440hz).
Pedal Regulation - $75
Adjustment of all pedals. This service will adjust the sustain pedal, una corda pedal, practice pedal (uprights), sostenuto pedal to correct specifications. Clean and lubrication of all pedal joints is included as part of this service.
Basic Voicing - $250
If your pianos tone is too bright this service will provide a more soft, rounder tone and improve sustain.
Soundboard cleaning - $200
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 from years of accumulated dust and dead skin cells.
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.
Pre-purchase inspection - $150
If you are purchasing a new or used piano and would like a second unbiased opinion from a Certified Piano Technician. This inspection goes over the piano from a technical standpoint and should catch any issues it may have. All inspection findings and notes will be on the invoice and can be used as a negotiation tool with the seller.
Give the gift of music! Digital eGift cards 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:
Dehumidifier systems start at $500
Complete Dehumidifier/Humidifier systems start at $750