Here at Countrywide Pianos we offer a comprehensive piano tuning service to both domestic homes as well as for schools, theatres and professional musicians.

How often you should have your piano tuned, depends on many factors. As a guide , twice a year is usual, however for piano teachers, schools, and where the piano is used daily four to six times per year is not uncommon.

Some of the factors which determine how often your piano is tuned include:

  • Atmospheric changes – Due to the very nature of the whole construction, pianos are very sensitive to atmospheric changes in temperature and barometric pressure. During the warmer months the atmosphere is quite humid and ‘water laden’ and the wood absorbs this and swells. The strings therefore tighten which causes the pitch to raise and the piano is then out of tune. During the winter if heating is used, the moisture evaporates from the wood which therefore shrinks and the strings slacken and the pitch drops, again resulting in the piano being out of tune. . Controlling temperature and humidity therefore plays an important part in preserving your piano.
  • Moving a piano – contrary to popular belief does not always make a piano go out of tune. Again it comes down to environment and atmospheric conditions. If a piano is moved from one room to another within a uniformly heated house, then it is unlikely to go out of tune (even if it is being moved up or down stairs). If the piano however is being moved to a different location which has dissimilar conditions then it will almost certainly need tuning a couple of weeks after it has been moved.
  • Continuous and heavy playing – will also make a piano go out of tune quickly. If a player is practicing for several hours most days of the week it is likely that they will be having their piano tuned 4 – 6 times per year. In commercial environments pianos can often need tuning on a weekly or monthly basis . For concert performance the pianos are often tuned prior to rehearsal and again prior to performance on the same day !
  • Age of your Piano – has great influence on the tuning stability. Very old pianos tend to not have good tuning stability due to their age and again, newer pianos (less than 5 years old) may also suffer from tuning instability due to the strings stretching and needing to settle in.

Piano tuning – twice a year

Keep room humidity between 50%-60%

Use a piano heat protection mat if you have under floor heating

Philip Preston
Philip Preston, Senior Piano Tuner

Piano tuning