As we said in our recent article, Piano Care, get your piano tuned every 6-12 months to keep it in great shape and ensure that it gives you and your family many years of enjoyment. With autumn here and the holidays right around the corner, this is a time of year when many people think of hiring a piano technician to come and tune their piano, both because of the weather changing and to get the piano in top shape for enjoying holiday music. If you don’t already have a piano technician you love, here are some tips to find one.
Ask For Recommendations
The best way to find a good piano technician is to ask around. Here are some ideas for who you can talk to:
- Piano teachers
- Piano store
- Local school or university
- Friends or neighbors who own pianos
The Piano Technicians Guild also has a listing of certified piano tuners, which can be searched by zip code to find someone in your area.
Check Credentials and Cost
Once you have the names of a few piano technicians, find out a little more about them. You can check on the internet to see if they have a website, or you can call them in person. Find out what their experience level and training is, and if they are certified by a professional organization, such as the Piano Technicians Guild.
Ask the piano technician what they charge for tuning, and what additional costs for repairs might be. Typical prices for piano tuning are around $100, but can go up to $200 for an exceptionally qualified and experienced technician. Beware of piano technicians who only charge $50 or less. You get what you pay for! You may also want to ask what method of payment the technician prefers, such as cash, check, credit, or debit card.
Make an Appointment
After considering your options and choosing a piano technician, make an appointment for a technician to come to your home and tune your piano. Get ready before they arrive by removing any sheet music, lamps, or decorative objects from the top of your piano. You might also want to give the piano a good dusting to make sure no dust falls inside while the piano technician is working.
It might be a good idea to ask your piano technician how often they think your piano should be tuned. This will depend on a lot of factors, like the age of the piano, how often it has been tuned in the past, and how much the climate changes throughout the year where you live. Also let the technician know if there are any sticky keys or other problems that need attention.
Enjoy Your Tuned Piano
If you’ve done your homework and selected a well-recommended piano technician, you can be assured that you’ll have made a good investment that will contribute to the life and beauty of your piano. Enjoy the amazing sound of a freshly-tuned instrument, and keep track of your piano technician’s contact information so you can tune up again soon.