Piano Tuning & Repair

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Alamo Music Offers Piano Repair and Services including:

    • Piano Tuning

A piano should be tuned at a minimum of once per year, with twice a year being optimal for a home piano. Pianos for advanced students, churches and concert pianists are tuned more often because the needs of the musicians demand a tighter tolerance for tuning and pitch.

    • Regulation

Pianos are made of mostly wood, metal and felt. The properties of wood change with the weather of the seasons and the felt components wear out and change characteristics over time. In time you may notice a sluggish response, lack of power or keys that stick and play unevenly.  

    • Voicing

Adjustment of the tone of a piano is called voicing and its done by making careful changes to the shape and density of the hammers. A properly voiced instrument can sound remarkably more beautiful. Voicing is a difficult skill for a tuner to learn, and it typically takes years to master. Bring out the best in your piano.

    • Piano Repair & Restoration

Alamo can help you with anything from broken or stuck keys, buzzes or rattles, all the way to full restorations.

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WHAT IS PIANO TUNING?

Piano tuning describes the process of altering string tension in a piano in order to methodically adjust the sound wave’s frequency. The end result of tuning a piano is to create an optimal playing experience, ensure the piano is at the correct pitch and eliminates unwanted variations in the tone.

The act of tuning a piano relies on making small adjustments to individual string tension. This allows the tuner to align the intervals between the tones. This is usually done around the universal pitch of A440. Utilizing a tuning wrench/hammer, a tuner skillfully adjusts each string. Attached to hitch pins near the tail of the piano and finely threaded tuning pins at the front, there are over 200 individually strung strings inside each grand piano. It is important to note that tuning a piano does not repair any mechanical or structural issues your piano may have, so if the piano refuses to stay in tune or there are other mechanical or structural issues, repair or restoration work would need to be done to correct that.  Sometimes, pianos that ‘just need tuning’ require much more work than that to even make them playable.  

WHAT IS PIANO REPAIR/RESTORATION?

Piano repair/restoration describes any cosmetic, structural or mechanical work done to a piano. This goes above and beyond the area of tuning. The areas of repair, restoration, and regulation are much more in depth. Although from the outside a piano can be deceptively ‘simple’, in reality even a ‘basic’ upright piano is a complex piece of mechanical design. Hiding behind each white or black key are dozens of individual parts that must work in harmony for the piano to even function, let alone play well. A problem such as a few notes not playing or sticking keys can require the replacement of parts and extensive repair. A piano that refuses to stay in tone may need the pinblock restored, larger tuning pins installed or a brand new custom fitted pinblock installed. The extensiveness of one of our full piano restorations requires hundreds of hours of work and a firm grasp on concepts such as piano design, tone quality, woodworking skills, etc.

SEE A PIANO TECHNICIAN TO REPAIR, RESTORE, OR TUNE YOUR PIANO

As you can now see how complex and intricate a piano is, it is often best to have a piano specialist complete any technical work to your piano. With countless ways to go wrong and only a few ways to go right, it is recommended to leave these kinds of jobs to professionals. If you are wondering what kind of work needs to be done on your piano in order to bring out its peak condition, please feel free give us a call here at  We can recommend on how best to proceed and give you a quote for what work should be done.