All pianos whether new or old will need to be tuned from time to time. Many factors cause pianos to go out of tune, particularly atmospheric changes. For instance, changes in humidity will affect the pitch of a piano; high humidity causes the soundboard to swell, stretching the strings and causing the pitch to go sharp, while low humidity has the opposite effect. Changes in temperature can also affect the overall pitch of a piano. In newer pianos the strings gradually stretch and wooden parts compress, causing the piano to go flat, while in older pianos the tuning pins (that hold the strings in tune) can become loose and don’t hold the piano in tune as well. Frequent and hard playing can also cause a piano to go out of tune.
For these reasons, many piano manufacturers recommend that new pianos be tuned four times during the first year and twice a year thereafter. Older instruments with unstable wrest planks, concave soundboards or moving bridge pins will often need tuning more frequently.
Dependant on where your tuner learnt his skill of tuning will drive which way he tunes your instrument.
For us with a Bluthner factory background we tune in fifths to A440
With a team of trained tuners across the country we can accommodate any tuning problems you may have, please call for a quote.
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