PIANO MAINTENANCE SERVICES
Detroit Pianowork's mission is to assist clients in providing their cherished pianos with the highest quality care and technical service.
Our service and product offerings currently include…
Approximate Time: 1.5-2.0 hours
Tuning is the most common service that pianos receive. It is a procedure of changing the tension of the piano strings so that they are in pitch to a given reference frequency (usually setting A4, the fifth A from the bottom of an 88 note keyboard to the standard concert pitch of 440 Hz, or cycles per second), and adjusting the remaining notes on the piano to conform to a harmonically pleasing twelve tone scale of half-steps. This is a complicated description for a complicated process of setting a piano so that it sounds musically pleasing when pieces are performed in different keys. It is not as simple as setting each note (of which many have three strings per note) to its theoretical Hertz frequency, as this does not make the piano sound "in tune" with itself; music sounds harsh and dissonant. Pianos must be tuned relative to themselves, that is, so that intervals such as octaves, fifths and fourths sound tuned despite the fact that they may be different than mathematical scale frequencies.
Pianos need tuning; they were designed for it. Once a year is the minimum that a piano should be tuned; twice a year is ideal. A regular tuning schedule will help the technician keep the piano sounding (see voicing) and playing (see regulation) in peak condition. Without regular tuning, pianos drop in pitch and require greater effort to keep them on pitch. Pianos that "never need tuning" in fact are never tuned, as all pianos require regular tuning. It is hard to judge "good" tuning in a piano if a person has become used to an out of tune instrument.
Pitch Correction & Tuning
Approximate Time: 2.0-2.5 hours
This service is required at times when the piano has not been tuned in quite some time, or if the instrument was subjected to extreme fluctuations in ambient temperature and/or humidity. If the tension in the piano has changed in the instrument enough so that the overall pitch is more than a quarter-tone off from concert pitch, it needs to be corrected gradually as to equalize the pianos tension properly. If not done correctly the piano will not hold its tune and could possibly suffer damage. It can not be determined if a pitch correction procedure is required until time of service.
General Service & Repair
Regulation is a connected series of procedures that align the parts of a piano action. Proper regulation of keys to action, and action to strings ensures that a piano is playing most efficiently. Pianos are regulated first in the factory after assembly, and can require additional regulation after being shipped to a dealer. Piano keys and actions were designed to be adjusted, as the parts are affected by wear and changes in humidity, and will change from their proper adjustments. Once in the home, the regulation of a piano is dependent on the amount of use that it receives. Constant playing will settle the leveling of the keys, changing the responsiveness of the action to the keys, and creating a different feel or touch to the player. A piano in poor regulation is hard to play, and the tone (see voicing) is also affected.
Regulation, like tuning , is a normal, ongoing service concern, and should be addressed with each tuning a piano receives. It is far simpler (and cheaper!) to correct small changes in regulation at each tuning than to perform a major regulation when the piano becomes difficult to play.
Any repairs, regulation, voicing, or replacement of the instrument’s parts is billed at the rate of $90.00 an hour if it can be done on-site and in conjunction with a tuning appointment. A minimum service charge of $125.00 applies.
Appraisals, Assessments, & Purchase Consultations
When selling your piano, a written appraisal will provide a solid basis for setting your price and negotiating with potential purchasers.
After our technician services your piano, he will be happy to recommend the services your piano requires to put it into a condition that meets your artistic desires and budgetary needs.
We are available to assist you in purchasing a new or used piano, either from a store or a private party. We are able to advise you on a piano you may be considering purchasing, or help you find the right piano at the right price that fits your needs and budget through our many contacts within the industry.
On-Site Verbal Assessment/Purchase Consultation
Approximate Time: 1.0-1.5 hours