Tuning and Voicing Services

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Tuning is the mainstay of our business, and it often surprises us how differently people interpret the process of and reasons for adjusting the tension of the strings in their pianos.

To the amateur pianist, tuning usually means keeping the old family upright sounding and feeling pretty much the same from one year to the next.  We help accomplish this by scheduling and performing periodic service calls, the frequency of which are based on the environment in which the piano lives, the amount and type of use it receives, and its age.  On the Monterey Peninsula, annual service calls are the rule for these clients.

The professional pianist is at the opposite end of our client spectrum.  For this individual, tuning often means service calls as frequently as is necessary to ensure instrument stability and performance readiness.  It also means being aware of a client's voicing preferences and responding to changes that occur in the piano's timbre.

Because of our proximity to the ocean, it's not unusual for piano owners on the Monterey Peninsula to find that their instrument's pitch shifts significantly, either too high or too low, over the course of a year.  This is particularly true if a piano is serviced infrequently.  When these shifts in pitch occur, during tuning we return the piano to a reference frequency (A4=440Hz) rather than allowing it to remain at its current pitch.

And finally, we occasionally hear from pianists who want to explore the subtleties of historical, rather than modern equal, temperaments.  We have the means to tune pianos, harpsichords, clavichords and concert harps to any historical temperament and reference frequency.

Regardless of the client for whom we are tuning or the nature of their special requirements, we endeavor to utilize our skills to produce a pleasing result.