fixed prices for tuning a piano
If you are a new customer, or an existing customer with a different piano, I am unable to give you a fixed price for a piano tuning.
For any piano that I have not tuned before (new or old), only an estimated price can be given.
If you are a regular customer, and have the same piano tuned regularly (i.e. every 6 or 12 months), you will pay a fixed price.
NEW & OLD PIANOS
It is often thought that a new piano is quicker, easier and cheaper to tune than an old piano, simply because it is new.
Unfortunately, this couldn't be further away from the truth. In my experience tuning old (or older) pianos, they are always quicker to
tune and more reliable in stability than new pianos. This is because the strings, soundboard and other structural parts have fully settled down, and so there is less movement in the pitch. Tuning an old pianos is more predictable.
If you have a new piano (a piano that is less than 2 years of age), all 200+ strings will still be stretching, and generally all structural parts can take a few years to settle down. Tuning a new piano is less predictable.
During the first few tunings of a new piano, the pitch will start to settle, and then any further regular tunings will receive a fixed price.
On some occasions, a new piano only receives a "basic factory" tuning, just to get in on the shop floor. Once a few standard tunings
have been carried out by myself (say, about 2-3 tunings), then the piano will be ready to be finely tuned, and the pitch will start to settle down. The recognised Concert Pitch for pianos is C523.3 beats (one octave above Middle C).
Tuning any piano (new or old), will also depend on the following:-
# When the piano was last tuned (date/ month/ year required)
# How often the piano is played / level or grade of pianist
# The location of the piano, including any previous locations
# The ambient temperature & humidity of the room where the piano is located
# The level of tuning requested by the customer (e.g. 3/4 tuning / standard / concert tuning)
All the above are taken into consideration when tuning a piano. If you have received an estimate, then as the tuning approaches
its final stages, a fixed price can then be announced. There is not usually much difference in price between an estimate and fixed price.
Any piano that requires a repair must be inspected close-up in person. No estimate or fixed price can be given for repairs.
Once the piano has been physically inspected, a price can be given.
Please get in touch if you require more information.