A pitch raise is essentially a special tuning procedure designed to leave the piano approximately in tune. For moderate pitch corrections the procedure takes about the same time as a tuning, or less. Extreme pitch changes may require two separate pitch adjustments.
The pitch adjustment and subsequent tuning may be done in one visit, or the tuning may be scheduled for a short time later depending upon how far the pitch had to be changed. In general, the longer a piano has gone without regular service, the more tunings will be required to reestablish tuning stability.
Like your car, your piano is a major investment which deserves regular servicing to keep it working well and preserve its value. Most importantly, the well-maintained piano sounds better, plays better, and gives you and your family a wealth of musical pleasure.
If your piano has not been tuned in the last year and is more than 5% off pitch, it may need what is called a pitch raise. This re-tightens your piano’s strings and allows it to hold the fine tuning.
After the first year, the piano should be tuned at least twice each year, depending on frequency of use and atmospheric conditions.
Quality pianos demand quality care. Fine piano require regular maintenance in three areas: tuning, action regulation and voicing. Tuning is usually required more often than the other service areas, but all three should be a part of any fine piano’s maintenance.
Due to string stretching, settling and the effects of climate, a new piano should receive at least four tuning in the first year. After that, the type of us and the location of the piano will dictate the number of tunings required, but we recommend two tunings per year as a minimum.
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