Standard Piano's trained professionals have had over 35 years of experience servicing pianos of all makes and models. Our qualified technicians tune and maintain all our pianos as well as many other pianos in the Calgary area. Standard Piano’s piano technicians are also the Official Concert Piano Tuners and Technicians for many fine institutions, churches, teachers and pianists. To get your piano serviced, call us at 403-245-1773.
With use, pianos will need servicing and maintenance. Changes in temperature, humidity and pressure will cause pianos to gradually go out of tune as their components shrink and grow with the weather. There are many forms of piano maintenance that need to be performed regularly to ensure your piano is in its best condition. Piano servicing is divided into several categories: Tuning, Regulation, Voicing and Repair.
Piano tuning is a regular maintenance action that should be done regularly on your piano. Over time, a piano will slowly drift out of tune. Most pianos are designed sound the best when tuned at A-440 (a musical standard where the A above Middle C plays at 440Hz). The primary factor which causes pianos to go out of tune is the weather. As the temperature and humidity change throughout the year, the strings and the soundboard of the piano expand and contract unevenly. These variations cause the strings to ring out of harmony and deliver a subpar sound.
To counteract these variations, regular piano tunings must be done. Piano tuning is a procedure where a piano technician finds and corrects the variations in the strings. The National Piano Manufacturers Association recommends that pianos should be tuned around twice a year. For new pianos, we recommend that the piano gets tuned within a few months of delivery to help the piano settle into the new environment.
In most cases, regular piano tunings are able to bring a piano back into tune. However, if a piano is not tuned for an extended period of time, a pitch raise may be necessary to bring the piano back into tune. Without regular tunings the soundboard may deform and cause the strings to behave irregularly during a piano tuning. Pitch raising is a process to stabilize the strings so it can be tuned. Without this process, the strings’ pitches would fluctuate as each string is tuned.
As your piano is used, the thousands of parts in the piano begin to wear such as the compression of the felt and the wood changing shape. These thousands of parts must be adjusted so that the piano has the best sound. Regulation is the process to adjust the individual parts so that the sound and touch of the piano is consistent across all the keys. Regulation of the piano can ensure that the piano has a full and dynamic range of sound. The recommended frequency of regulation depends on the location of the piano, and the weather. However, if you find that your piano has an uneven feel to the keys, or if the keys are sticking, it may be a sign that your piano needs regulation.
Voicing is the process of changing the tone of the piano. After a lot of use on the piano, the tone of the piano may drift from the original sound intended by the piano manufacturer. Pianos are created with a wide range of voices, from mellow sounds, to bright tones. As a piano us used, the felt hammers in the piano change shape and hardness due to the repeated impacts on the strings. As the keys on a piano are played with different forces and frequency, the hammers may change unevenly. Voicing the piano can adjust the properties of the hammers to get the original tone intended by the manufacturer, or it can adjust the tone for the location to the preference of the owner. Signs that a piano needs voicing include a variation of tone across different keys, a change in tone from the original sound when the piano was purchases, or if the piano cannot play softly.