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Piano Tuning and Piano Repair Services provided in Burlington, Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton, Etobicoke, Stoney Creek, Dundas, Ancaster, Milton, Brampton, Streetsville, Port Credit and Toronto.


 

 


Piano Tuning Cost $95.00 Plus tax

Piano tuning involves adjusting the tension of the strings to correct the pitch of individual strings to a pleasing musical sound. This can be done aurally (by ear) or with the use of an electronic tuning device that gives the technician a visual gauge to let them know when the string is at pitch. Either way the final judgment is always done by ear and various aural checks are performed throughout to ensure the best tuning possible on that particular instrument.

A “Standard Tuning Service” is $95.00 plus tax and includes:

  1. Open Piano (top and bottom)
  2.  Visually Inspect
    1. Case
    2. Keys - condition
    3. Action - clean, working properly
    4. Strings - shinny, rusty, any broken
    5. Soundboard - major visible cracks
    6. Bridges - split, cracking, eye lash cracks, loose pins
    7. Back frame & Plate - solid
  3. Check and Tighten
    1. Bench Bolts
    2. Pinblock Bolts
    3. All accessible Plate Screws
  4. Check and Adjust Pedals
  5. Play Piano and check
    1. Tone
    2. Continuity
  6. Spot Check Tuning Pin tightness
  7. Check Pitch
  8. Check Temperature and Relative Humidity
  9. Record all information for customer piano history.
  10. Tune to A440 standard pitch

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Pitch Raise/Lower $65.00 Plus tax 


Once a piano falls too far below pitch it is necessary to perform a pitch raise before a fine tuning can be accomplished. In a nut shell a pitch raise is a rough tuning with the sole intention to get the piano close enough to A440 concert pitch to allow a fine tuning. There are three good reasons to keep your piano at the proper pitch.

 

1. Possibly the most important reason to keep your piano at the proper pitch is in the case when children are using the piano as a practice piano to learn how to play. If the piano is left to go flat and not brought back up to pitch the children will develop an improper sense of pitch and will most likely start singing flat as well. 

 

 2. A piano that is left to go flat and then tuned to itself will sound somewhat dull compared to a piano that will come to life when brought up to pitch. Also if the piano is to be played as accompaniment with other instruments or vocalists then the correct pitch is very important. 

 

3. Mechanically speaking, pianos are designed and engineered to be tuned to A440 concert pitch. When at the proper pitch there is approximately 20 tons of tension on the plate (harp) created from the strings. The piano's soundboard has a slight crown (bow) to it that helps to contribute to the tone of the instrument. When tuned to A440 all of the tension from the strings on the plate helps to keep the soundboard’s crown in place. A piano that is left un-tuned for many years can lose its crown and much of the rich tone with it.


What would cause my Piano to go flat requiring the need for a pitch raise? What can be done to prevent it?

 

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Upright and Grand Piano Regulation

Piano regulating is a matter of making numerous adjustments to the pianos action (the moving parts) to optimize the performance and tonal quality of the instrument.

 

When the piano was manufactured and delivered to the dealer, the piano was initially regulated (setup) to very exact specifications. This allows the piano’s action to play or repeat as fast as possible and also have as broad a dynamic range as possible. The ability to play very fast and very quietly or very loud, with even continuity and uniformity across the entire keyboard is a sign of a well-regulated instrument.

 

As a piano ages and especially under heavy use it begins to wear and show signs of being “out of regulation”. Being that a pianos action is made mostly of wood, felt and buckskin, these materials begin to wear and compress and require the need for adjustment. While moderate wear can be dealt with through making actual adjustments to the action, severe wear as seen on older instruments usually requires replacing felt or leather in which case the action would need to be overhauled or reconditioned.

 

Pricing for piano regulations would be quoted as required.
 

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Piano Voicing


 

Piano voicing affects the actual character and tonal quality of sound. It is the final step in preparing a piano, after all repairs have been made, a complete regulation has been performed and the piano has been tuned to concert pitch. Only then will piano hammers be voiced.

 

As some people prefer a soft silky mellow sound, others appreciate a more brilliant sizzle and yet others prefer something somewhere in between. It is largely subjective and is most commonly performed on newer pianos to meet a specific customer's preference or on older instruments to restore some tone that has been lost through years of use. It is always done when hammers are replaced and when they are first installed at the factory on a new piano.

 

Piano hammers are covered in a very hard compressed felt. By adjusting the elasticity and resilience of the felt, by either making the felt harder by applying a lacquer mixture or softer by needling the felt, various degrees of tone may be achieved. Imagine striking a piano string with the end of a wooden pencil and then imagine striking it with the soft eraser on the end of a pencil and how the sound would differ. Well in a very crude sense, this is what is being achieved by manipulating the felt on the hammers. Piano voicing is an art unto itself. 

 

Voicing is billed at $65.00 per hour

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Piano Repairs

Minor piano repairs may be performed quickly during a piano tuning and would be charged a nominal fee, depending on the specific situation. For instance sometimes a sticking key can be resolved in a few minutes and might be gratis if done during a scheduled piano tuning.

Make sure when booking a piano tuning that any piano repairs needed are mentioned so that adequate time may be scheduled to allow for the piano repair.

A minimum $50.00 service charge is applicable if a piano tuning is not scheduled. Otherwise piano repairs are billed at $65.00 per hour in 15-minute increments.

Major piano repairs will be quoted on an individual basis based on time and materials required. Labour would be charged at $65.00 per hour. Parts and materials would be quoted as required.

 

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Piano Key Top Replacement $325.00

KEY RECOVERING BEFORE KEY RECOVERING DURING KEY RECOVERING DURING KEY RECOVERING AFTER
Replacing broken, missing and badly discoloured piano key tops involves removing the keys from the piano, removing the old key tops from the keys, preparing the piano key surface for the new key tops, adhering new key tops to keys and reinstalling the keys in the piano. Does not include levelling keys, replacing under key felt, setting key height or dip.




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Piano Key Bushing Replacement $250.00

This procedure is done on older pianos when the felt bushings in the piano keys have reached their maximum wear causing excessive sideways movement of the keys. It involves removing the keys from the piano, removing the old balance rail bushing and the old front rail bushings, gluing new felt in place, reinstalling the keys in the piano and easing the keys.


 

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Piano Climate/Humidity Control


Unfortunately our Canadian climate has a very adverse affect on the well being of our cherished pianos. We have all experienced the high humidity in summer months, which can cause our doors to stick and how the sticky door mysteriously disappears in the dryer winter months. The reason is that wood is a very porous material and it literally sucks up the excessive moisture in the air during high levels of humidity causing the wood to expand. It is this expansion that causes the sticky door and then the opposite happens in the dry winter months as the wood dries out and the door shrinks no longer sticking any more. 

 

Pianos are made almost entirely of wood and they are just as susceptible to this expansion and contraction as your doors are; only it’s the piano’s pitch that is affected as well.  This will make the tuning and piano unstable with the pitch going sharp in summer and flat in winter.

 

You may have well noticed some of your antique furniture literally falling apart at the joints. This you may have assumed was because the glue just got old and dried out when in fact it is actually caused by fatigue in the joint from years and years of the pressures and forces caused by all this expansion and contraction. All this expansion and contraction is extremely hard on the piano’s soundboard, the pinblock, the case, the action and the keys. It is the main cause for cracked soundboards and week pin blocks that will no longer hold the tuning pins tight enough to allow for a viable tuning. These can be extremely costly repairs to have done and in most cases with the older upright pianos it is not a viable repair and the pianos are sent off to the dump.

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!  Here is what you can do!

 

A climate control system is available by Dampp-Chaser called The Piano Life Saver, which is designed to constantly monitor and maintain the relative humidity (R.H.) inside your piano to remain at 42% R.H. that not only will stabilize the pitch of your piano avoiding the need for a pitch raise but will also extend the life and improve the quality and performance of the instrument for years to come, not to mention your enjoyment which after all is why we do this. Protect your investment and get all you can from your most cherished possession. Grand Piano Installation $700.00 and upright installations $550.00

 

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