We are based in St. Albans and tune pianos all over Hertfordshire (and beyond!)
Regular tuning will ensure continued pleasure from playing your instrument. We recommend tuning twice a year to allow for changes in temperature and, more importantly humidity. Over time, all the moving parts of a piano will be affected by both playing and environmental factors. These will affect your piano’s performance.
Whilst tuning we can observe the piano’s action and make small regulating adjustments to help the piano play more efficiently. The other advantage of regular tuning is that we can advise on any further work that may be necessary at an early stage rather than let the piano deteriorate to a state from which it may be more difficult and expensive to recover from.
Tuning will make your piano sound at its best, improving the tone of each individual note and the piano as a whole. It is important to note, however, that the design of the piano and the quality of its components and assembly will affect how well it can be tuned.
I am qualified and experienced to tune aurally (with only the aid of a tuning fork). However, electronic tuning devices (ETD’s) are extremely accurate now and I use one in tandem with aural tuning. In fact, about 75% of the tunings I do still involve aural skills. However, ETD’s enhance these skills and help to produce a good scale and octaves, and more accurate pitch raises on even the most difficult of pianos. The ETD I use is an expensive sophisticated software designed only for use by professional tuners, it isn’t a device which would enable a non-tuner to be able to tune! Setting the pin and achieving good unisons are skills that can only come with proper training and years of experience.
Get an email reminder for when your piano is due for tuning. And enter Mr. Brice when prompted for the name of the tuner!