Does piano tuning software actually work?



Asked by: Tina Smith

Short answer: Yes. Software can work, but only the right software. Your generic guitar tuner app won’t do it properly because it simply tunes to the theoretical frequencies of flat equal temperament with no “stretch”, which is really important for a piano to actually sound in tune (particularly in the treble and bass).

Are piano tuning apps accurate?





Yes, tuning apps can be reliable, but as I mentioned earlier, if you’re going to actually try to tune a piano you should use an app specifically designed for that purpose, not a generic chromatic tuning app.

Which app is best for piano tuning?

8 Best Apps for Piano Tuning for Android and iOS

  • Pano Tuner – Chromatic Tuner.
  • Smart Piano Tuner.
  • Piano Tuner PT1 – Professional Piano Tuning Tool.
  • Instrument Tuner.
  • Piano Designer.
  • Entropy Piano Tuner.
  • TuneLab Piano Tuner.
  • PianoMeter – Professional Piano Tuner.

Is it possible to tune your own piano?

It’s impossible to tune a piano without a few basic, specialized tools. At minimum, you will need to purchase three things: Tuning lever. Electronic chromatic tuner.

Why you shouldn’t tune your own piano?





Challenges of Piano Tuning
Piano strings hold much more tension than guitar strings, so stabalizing the pitch takes more nuance than just turning the tuning pin. Strings can break if you are inexperienced, and replacing them requires additional parts and expertise.

Can you tune a piano with phone tuner?

PianoMeter is a piano tuning app that will transform your Android device into a professional quality electronic tuning aid. The “free” version of this app is primarily for evaluation, and it only allows you to tune notes on the piano between C3 and C5.

Is Pano tuner good?

It works best when background noise is limited. Overall I’m delighted with Pano tuner and strongly recommend it.

How often should you tune your piano?

once a year

Pianos need regular tuning at least once a year to keep them up to pitch and playing the correct notes. In particular, piano strings stretch a great deal during the first year after purchase, and the piano should be tuned twice during this one-year period.



How much is TuneLab?

$300 USD

The cost of TuneLab Pro for Windows is $300 USD. First download the software from the links above. Then you can place your order on-line by clicking on How to Order.

How long does it take to tune a piano?

A qualified technician can tune a piano in less than 1.5 hours. An appointment to tune your piano is expected to be around 2 hours to allow for unforseen repairs or adjustments and a little banter with you, the piano owner. Pianos that are very flat or very sharp need what we call a pitch correction.



How much should a piano tuning cost?

$65 to $225

The average price to tune a piano ranges from $65 to $225, and the cost can increase by several hundred dollars if the piano requires multiple tuning sessions or repairs.

Does not tuning a piano ruin it?

There is no evidence that being out-of-tune permanently harms the piano itself. However, a long-term low-humidity/high humidity environment will eventually cause the soundboard to crack, and the keys and other wooden parts to warp.

What happens if you don’t tune a piano?

If your piano has gone without tuning for an extended period of time, its pitch may have dropped well below standard pitch at which it was designed to perform. It may require a procedure called a “pitch raise”or “pitch correction”.



Can you tune a piano after 20 years?

Ca. If it hasn’t been tuned in over 20 years it will more than likely need a pitch raise (if the piano can be tuned properly.) Alot depends on the tightness of the tuning pins in the pinblock, and the condition of the strings.

Can a piano be tuned after 25 years?

If you’ve got an old, very out of tune piano it may take several tunings over a couple of years to bring it back into tune, but it should be do-able.

Can you tune a 100 year old piano?

Tuning obviously falls under basic maintenance and is something that any piano owner should keep up on. Unfortunately, we have often found that an old piano that has not been properly maintained over the years may not be tunable without a serious amount of repair/restoration work.

What is the lifespan of a piano?

With regular proper maintenance, tuning, and storage, a quality piano can give up to 50 years of adequate service.



Is piano worth restoring?

That said, the life of a piano is relative to its use, but adding 50-70 years of playability and beauty is a worthwhile investment to keep a valuable, handmade piano alive. Additionally, a new piano drops in value like a brand new car would. Restored pianos hold their value longer than brand new pianos.