Tuning / Voicing / In Situ Servicing / Bespoke Reconditioning
(Beyond a standard tuning, all services are subject to my hourly rate – currently £50 per hour)
Please ask for an estimate & quote for all other work.
That being said, a standard service on most pianos needs 10-24 hours’ work (which includes regulating, re-profiling hammers, voicing, tuning).
During ordinary use, most modern pianos need tuning 1-2 times each year – ideally 2-3 weeks after seasonal and/or central heating changes. An ordinary tuning takes 40-90 minutes.
With intensive use, tuning requirements vary – but good instruments should remain stable and ‘solid’.
Major changes in pitch will require extra tuning(s) to stabilise the instrument.
A=440Hz – UK standard
A=442Hz – Continental standard
A=446Hz – Vienna Philharmonic!
A=415Hz – ‘Baroque’ pitch, depending on instrument (fortepiano).
This specialist skill is poorly understood by most pianists (and many piano tuners). Voicing has at least 3 aims:
1 to ‘open’ the sound of each hammer;
2 to form a sound which is responsive and maleable to the pianist’s touch, as far as possible making available a range of tones – from a close pp, through a warm mf, a bright well-projected singing, to a full-bodied ff;
3 to enable all these timbres throughout the range of the instrument, whilst giving an evenness of tone, volume & response to the instrument as a whole.
Further qualities of tone can be emphasised – and these are best decided by working together with the pianist at the piano.
Voicing is partly a reflection of the health of the regulation, so usually has a full regulation and/or re-profiling of the hammers as pre-requisite.
According to wear & tear, each instrument has its own regulation requirements, but usually this can be done in 8-16 hours.
Repairs and/or replacement of parts involve more time, of course.
In Situ Servicing
Bespoke Reconditioning (In Officina Servicing!)
When more extensive work is required, eg refurbishing case-work or repairs to the sound-board, the action or piano will have to be transported to a workshop.