Piano – Why Tune Remaining Strings By Ear?

Asked by: Tina Howard

Sometimes a string will have a “false beat” wherein two (or more!) notes in close frequency proximity are produced by one string. When this happens, it is difficult to know “where” to tune it electronically. The best compromise with the other strings is best determined by ear.

Can you tune a piano by ear?

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Why is a piano always out of tune?

The temperament is taking an octave and making all the half steps equal. This means that when you play any interval other than an octave on the piano, they are all equally out of tune. So if you play a perfect 4th, 3rd, or any other pair of notes, they will all be perfectly out of tune with each other.

Do pianos go out of tune if you dont play them?

No, the notes don’t all go out of tune at the same rate, and the notes that get hit more often do go out of tune a bit more quickly.

Should piano tuners be tipped?

Tipping piano tuners isn’t customary. If you had a great experience with a piano tuner, you can also show your appreciation by leaving a review on Thumbtack.

How quickly do pianos go out of tune?

Pianos go out of tune gradually, so gradually that you might not notice. Even if you think your piano sounds okay after a year with no tuning, you’ll probably hear a big difference once you have it tuned. Most pianos need to be tuned at least once a year.

What is Aural piano tuning?

Aural tuning is tuning the piano by ear (not using an electronic device).

Are pianos tuned to equal temperament?

Pianos today are tuned in “equal temperament,” which means that each note is the same distance in pitch from its neighbours.

Why do pianos go flat?

The main reason that pianos go out of tune is due to changes in humidity from season to season, affecting all pianos, new and old, played and unplayed. Pianos go flat in the winter months when dry heat expelled from your radiator draws moisture out of the piano’s soundboard.

Why do pianos go sharp?

As the moisture level in the soundboard increases during periods of high relative humidity changes, the crown expands and pushes the bridge harder against the strings. The strings are stretched tighter and the piano’s pitch rises.

Do pianos get better with age?

Are old pianos better than new ones? The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to sound even better than when they were new.

What is the life of a piano?

The average mass produced piano lasts 30 years. Hand-crafted pianos last substantially longer, often exceeding 50 years. Over time, the piano will need regular tuning, regulation, rebuilding, and other maintenance. A well-maintained piano can last in excess of 100 years.

How often should a piano be restrung?

every thirty years

How Often Should A Piano Be Restrung? A general rule of thumb is that all of the strings in a piano should be replaced every thirty years. This is recommended by many piano builders and professional piano tuners. This loose recommendation applies to single-string changes and complete replacements.

How much does restringing a piano cost?

The cost to restring a piano varies quite a bit, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. If you look at specific types of pianos you will see that upright pianos usually cost $2,000 to $4,000 for restringing, while baby grand or grand pianos sit in the range of $4,000 to $10,000.

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.

How do you know if a piano needs to be restrung?

Restringing is the replacement of the piano’s strings, usually as a complete set of bass and treble strings. A piano generally needs restringing when the strings lose their tone quality and resilience.

How much does it cost to restring an upright piano UK?

Restringing costs between £2,100 and £2,800 (2020); this is usually combined with refinishing and repairing (if necessary) the soundboard, and refinishing the frame. If the pin block needs replacing too, replacing the pin block, repairing soundboard and restringing will cost about £3,700 (2020).