Please note: I have many, many clients in
the entire Phoenix Metro area, from Surprise to San Tan Valley, Fountain Hills to Buckeye. Have even traveled to Oracle and Overgaard to tune. Pets and children are great----
The main services of A-440 Piano Tuning are tuning and repair:
A: Fine Tuning: $110
(Discounts: A 10% introductory discount is given to all new customers, and an ongoing 10% discount is given to clients who
keep their pianos tuned at least once a year. A 20% discount is given when tuning 2 pianos in the same visit.)
(Note of interest: Rates were frozen for 7 years, from 2007-2014, due to the economic depression.)
B: Pitch Raise: $55
A pitch raise (also called pitch adjustment or string pre-tensioning) becomes necessary for most pianos when they haven't been
tuned for more than two years. The test is whether or not the overall pitch of the piano is within 8% of standard concert pitch.
We check the "A" above middle-C against the tuning fork. We listen for "A-440", meaning that the string is vibrating 440 times
second. (Yes, that's where the name "A-440 Piano Tuning" came from.)
(Discounts: Same as for Fine Tuning as above.)
(Notes of interest: A pitch raise is a full tuning, but doesn't take as long as a fine tuning. The procedure is to tune the piano
OVER pitch, knowing in advance how much the pitch will sag back by the time the pitch raise is done. Generally, we start with
how flat the piano is (below pitch), take 1/3 of that, and tune that much over pitch. When the pitch raise is done, the pitch will
now be found to be within 8% of A-440---usually much closer---and the piano will now hold a fine tune at pitch.
1. What if my piano hasn't been tuned in over 10 years?
Answer: With pianos around 100 cents flat (one cent is one percent of the distance between two consecutive notes); i.e., if
"A" sounds like "A-flat", or more than 100 cents flat, two pitch raises are needed, to lessen the chance of string breakage.
The first pitch raise tunes the piano to the tuning fork. It will sag back about 20%. The second pitch raise then takes the
new pitch and tunes over pitch, as above. But once in a VERY blue moon, I'll find a piano that's been without tuning for
many years, which doesn't even need ONE pitch raise. This is very rare, but I've seen this a number of times.
2. What if a string breaks?
Answer: Strings are manufactured to withstand about twice the tension to which they're normally put. So you might
wonder why a string would ever break. Yes, they can break: Age, rust, years without tuning---strings can break even on
pianos which have been kept in tune their whole life. I've replaced many strings down through the years, although I never
expect a string to break, and they normally do not break, even on a pitch raise. Replacing a string is relatively inexpensive.
3. If my piano is more than 8% flat, does it have to have a pitch raise?
Answer: No. A pitch raise can be done on the next tuning, or not at all. On a piano with rust and/or soundboard cracks,
I might advise against a pitch raise. Pianos, though, are manufactured to be at pitch, and the best tuning results occur when
the piano is tuned to pitch. But yes, a piano can be tuned to itself, even if it's below pitch.
1. Sticking keys: There can be up to about 100 reasons why a key sticks. If it's a simple fix, I often take care of it at no charge.
If it becomes labor-intensive; i.e., have to remove action, put in a new part, re-glue an old part, etc., normal hourly rate applies.
2. Hourly rate: $60/hour, pro-rated, with no minimum. For example, a 1/2-hour repair would be $30.00
3. Flat fees: On certain repairs, I will quote a flat fee, to protect you against unforeseen time charges. Examples would be
replacing a full set of keytops, re-shaping hammers, action regulation, and many others.
3. HUMIDIFIER SYSTEM:
It's not humidity---or lack of humidity---which hurts a piano. It's CHANGE in humidity. When a piano moves from a humid
environment to one less humid---yes, like the desert---the wood can contract, screws loosen, soundboards crack, glued parts come
apart, etc. The Piano Life Saver System is the leader in this area. I've installed quite a number of these systems. You can find
out more---much more---about them by visiting www.pianolifesaver.com (If you do, click on "Locate System Installer"
and you'll find me there by choosing "AZ" as the state.) If interested, get in contact with me for current pricing.
Interested in local or long-distance piano moving? Lessons? Piano purchase or sale? Player piano repair or tuning? Installing
a modern player mechanism on your piano? Please get into contact with me.
Having tuned thousands of pianos the past 14 years, I am also a performer, as you may have noticed at the bottom of my
Home page. If you have an interest in my performing history, biography, career, sample tunes, etc., please visit the
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