Moonrise Piano provides expert piano tuning for homes, schools, and concerts.
All instruments need tuning—pianos are no exception. Pianos are designed to sound best when tuned to A-440. Most notes have multiple strings, which need to be tuned to exactly the same pitch to sound pleasant. And notes need to be tuned correctly relative to each other, so intervals and chords will sound right. A tuned piano provides a much more satisfying musical experience for the player and listener.
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Repairs that can usually be done during a tuning job include:
- Sticking keys
- Broken strings
- Pedal squeaks
- Clicking noises
- Loose or detached ivories
- Ringing notes
Larger repairs may be done at a separate appointment, if any of the above involve more than a few notes. Other large repairs include:
- New key tops
- New action parts
- New key bushings
- Loose tuning pin repair
New England's air is very damp in the summer, and very dry in the winter. These humidity changes are the main reason a piano goes out of tune. In addition, extremes of humidity and/or large humidity changes are the cause of many other problems:
- Soundboard cracks
- Separating glue joints
- Loose tuning pins
- Rusty tuning pins and strings
- Loose screws, causing noises and abnormal wear
- Slow keys
The Piano Life Saver System from Dampp-Chaser creates a microclimate for the piano, helping shield it from the extremes of the seasons. The System is installed inside a vertical piano, or suspended underneath a grand piano. It uses much less water than a room humidifier, and is completely silent.
Moonrise Piano is a Certified Installer of the Piano Life Saver System.
Over time, a piano's touch will change, becoming less responsive, and with inconsistent feel from key to key.
Behind every piano key are dozens of parts that convey energy from your finger to the strings. Many action parts are made of wood, cloth, and leather. These age and change shape over time due to use, humidity, and the pressure of hard parts on softer materials. This has many negative effects on the piano's touch and sound:
- Difficulty playing raplidly
- Difficulty playing softly
- Notes that don't repeat well
- Heavy touch
Regulation is the process of adjusting the action parts on every note. The result is a consistent feel across the entire keyboard, and a more musically responsive instrument.
A piano makes sound when felt-covered hammers strike its strings. The hardness and resiliency of the hammers have a great influence on a piano's tone.
With use, the hammers get distorted. The tops become flattened. Deep grooves develop at the points where they strike the strings. These changes make the tone harsher, with inconsistencies among notes. The piano should sound warmer when played softly, and brighter when loud. With badly worn hammers, everything tends to sound "the same", no matter what the pianist tries to do.
Voicing is the process of shaping, softening and/or hardening the hammers. The result is a beautiful, consistent tone, throughout the dynamic range.
The condition of a used piano can vary enormously. It may be ready to go, and need nothing more than tuning. It may need minor repairs. It may have major problems requiring significant work. Or it may cost more to fix than it is worth.
There are many used pianos available, some for a very low cost, or even free. But pianos are complex machines that eventually wear out if not maintained. A "free" piano may not work well enough to be worth the cost of moving it.
At a pre-purchase inspection, the piano and its parts are examined in detail, inside and out. Afterwards, I'll discuss the piano with you, and talk about:
- Whether the piano will be suitable for how you intend to use it
- Its current condition
- What work will be needed immediately to make it usable
- What work it is likely to need in the long-term
- Whether the seller's price is reasonable
A written appraisal for insurance purposes will declare the piano's current replacement value.