What is the cost of a piano tuning?
A standard piano tuning is $220.00 including GST.
Regardless of what type of piano you have, our tuning costs start from $220. This includes tuning to concert pitch and pitch raise if needed. Piano’s that haven’t been tuned for while may require a pitch raise in order to keep them in tune – we don’t charge extra for a pitch raise which some piano tuners don’t include in their basic price.
If your piano hasn’t been regularly tuned (i.e. at least once per year), it may go flat quickly and will therefore need a second tuning within 6 months. A piano tuning and a pitch raise are not the same thing.
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How often should I tune my piano?
A piano should be tuned at least once every 12 months regardless of use.
If you play regularly or your child is a piano student, your piano should be tuned once every 6 months.
If you have recently moved the piano or the piano is situated in a part of the house which is effected by weather changes, it should be tuned each time it is moved or in accordance with hot and cold changes.
What is a pitch raise?
Piano tuning and a pitch raise are not the same thing.
A piano will begin to drop pitch or go flat the longer it is out of tune. This means that the average tension level of the strings is not as they should be. In order for the piano to stay in tune, the piano tuner must first raise all the strings to their proper tension level or “raise the pitch”. Once this has been done, the piano can be successfully tuned.
Even though a pitch raise may take longer than a normal tuning, at Artisan Music we include a pitch raise as part of the cost of tuning. Most piano tuners will charge an extra fee on top of the standard tuning price.
Why are other piano tuners cheaper?
Servicing your piano is like servicing your car! You would want a qualified professional looking after your investment.
People don’t have to be registered to advertise as piano tuners. Be sure that you check the persons qualifications and background. Patrick Carre has undertaken training as a piano tuner and has 25 years experience in the industry. He is also a registered piano tuner.
What is the APTTA?
APTTA stands for Australasian Piano Tuners & Technicians Association.
The APTTA was formed in 1984 and currently has over 300 professional piano technicians as members. Members must pass a comprehensive assessment of their skills as piano tuner and piano technician. Any person who is a member must pass the examination know as ARPT or Australasian Registered Piano Tuner and are then permitted to use the letters ARPT in their advertising.
Patrick Carre is ARPT and currently the Secretary of the APTTA.