We can make your piano sound better
Piano Tuning is our most requested service, and we work hard to deliver great results. If your piano doesn’t sound right or the notes don’t play properly book online here to arrange for Graeme Harvey our Australasian Registered Piano Technician to get it playing and sounding right. You can also email or phone us.
COVID-19 Piano Hygiene Guidelines
The following COVID-19 piano hygiene guidelines have been sent to us by APTTA (Australasian Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild) for all our members to follow and recommend to clients.
The Corona Virus (COVID-19) is having a major impact throughout the world and that includes the world of music teachers and piano owners. The Piano Technicians Guild is making the following suggestions.
1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has specific tips for preparation, protection and care. You can view this information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html
2. Special care should be taken when using disinfectant products on a piano. Our thanks to Greg Cheng, RPT, for his invaluable assistance in developing these recommendations.
• Generally speaking, a soft disposable towel, using warm water and hand/dish soap is safe to use on virtually every finish, key, and case parts. Always follow up with a dry soft disposable towel to dry any standing liquid. Cheng recommends the Wypall L30 disposable towel.
• Cleaning pianos is a gentle process not a scrubbing process. Pressing hard or vigorous scrubbing may lead to scratching or removing the finish. Always proceed with caution and use common sense. Remember to wash your hands after you have thrown away the towels.
If using disinfectant products
• Use alcohol-based disinfectants, do not use bleach-based disinfectants or any product containing citrus.
• If using a spray or liquid bottle, use a disposable towel like WYPALL L30. Put the disinfectant on the towel and not the piano.
• After use, immediately put the towel or disinfectant hand wipe in the trash and wash your hands as the CDC recommends. Do not use reusable towels or cloths.
• Always follow up with a dry towel and never leave any liquids on the piano or keys.
The keys are the most important part. Generally speaking, most disinfecting wipes or sprays (see General Recommendations) should be safe to use on the keys.
Case parts finishes vary greatly and can be easily damaged by disinfectant wipes and sprays. A soft disposable towel, using warm water and hand/dish soap is safe to use on virtually every finish, key, and case parts. Always follow up with a dry soft disposable towel to dry any standing liquid.
Again, cleaning pianos is a gentle process not a scrubbing process. Pressing hard or vigorous scrubbing may lead to scratching or removing the finish. Always proceed with caution and use common sense. Remember to wash your hands after you have thrown away the towels or wipes.
We are privileged to offer our technical services to;
- TSB Showplace
- Govett Brewster / Len Lye Gallery
- TSB Bowl of Brooklands
- Womad Taranaki
- Chamber Music NZ
- Taranaki Arts Festival
- NP Competitions Society
- Taranaki Symphony Orchestra (formerly NP Orchestra)
- Hawera Competitions Society
- South Taranaki District Council
- Many Taranaki High Schools
- Music Teachers and serious amateur musicians
- Families all over Taranaki and beyond
Concert pianists demand the utmost from their instrument and we have provided our tuning services to many visiting concert artists and local performers at Taranaki performance venues since 1994.
We deliver a great sounding, solid and stable tuning every time, endeavouring to get the best out of each piano we work on. We might not be the fastest but probably are the most fastidious.
A bit about piano tuning…
The three components of essential piano maintenance that need to be adjusted periodically are pitch, tone, and touch.
Piano tuning is the fine adjustment of the tuning pins (to which the strings are attached) so that all the strings are at their correct tension or ‘pitch’ and conform to a series of intervals giving the piano its harmonious musical quality when played.
Tone quality and evenness is maintained by voicing, most often by adjusting the hammer felt shape and density and its relationship with the strings.
Touch describes the feel of the mechanism via the keys. Making adjustments to the piano action alters the relationships of the various moving components and is termed ‘regulation’.
An out-of-tune piano or an unresponsive touch or poor sounding piano can discourage even novice musicians. Regular tuning and maintenance allows the technician to keep the performance of the piano at its optimum and greatly enhances the enjoyment factor for both the pianist and those listening.
So how often should a piano be tuned?
Piano manufacturers universally recommend servicing at least two times a year to keep the piano sounding its best and performing properly each time you sit down to play. In our temperate coastal climate many of our clients opt for annual tuning and for many pianos this works well.
Why does a piano go out of tune?
The main influence causing a piano to go out of tune is climate variation. Changes in humidity and temperature cause timber components in a piano to either absorb moisture from the atmosphere or release moisture, either way string tension is affected slightly with these seasonal climatic variations. Direct sun or other strong heat sources can also be very harmful to any musical instrument so correct placement of a piano within a room can play a significant part in tuning stability.
It is recommended that maintenance and servicing of your piano should only be performed by a qualified and registered piano technician to ensure it is kept maintained to the best possible standard.
We bring the following attributes to all our service work so you can be certain your piano is getting the treatment it deserves.
- Attainment of the most recent updated qualifications (ARPT)
- Extensive professional experience over many years.
- Peer reviewed, last tuning exam re-sit April 2016 achieving over 90%
- Regular professional development by attendance at technical classes averaging 4+ days per year.
- Contracts to tune for TSB Showplace venues, Chamber Music NZ, WOMAD, Taranaki Arts Festival, Govett Brewster / Len Lye Gallery and many other concert performances in the region means we have to be top of our game.
- Preferred technician for most local music teachers, schools and musicians, so your piano is in safe hands.
Many thanks to Graeme and Debbie for outstanding service over a number of years. Nothing has been too much trouble for you and you have always provided a service that is totally professional, technically excellent, friendly and dependable. All the best for 2015.
Thank you Graeme, for the best tuning ever for my Yamaha. After languishing in storage for a year it sounds awesome and I can't leave it alone!
Wonderful, friendly, professional service. My daughter has a new found enthusiasm for playing and is enjoying her new piano every day. Thanks for coming and giving us a very professional tune after the settling in period too Graeme.
Dear Graham, The piano arrived last week in tip top condition … my daughter cried when it was opened (she had no idea it was coming) and she saw how beautiful it was and of course the history behind it is especially touching. Brett and I would like to say thank you for the amazing restoration you have done on the piano. It doesn’t look like the same one I had spent my childhood playing on. I can’t wait for my mother to see how beautiful her mother’s piano looks… even though to an expert like yourself it may not have the best sound it sounds just perfect to us for so many reasons. Thank you again and to the people who worked on it as well.