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I've been looking at the tuners on these sites, seventhstring.com and instrument-tuner.com. Can you recommend either?
I can't find any examples of how to actually use the software in either case.
Anyway, using 'seventhstring', when I hit my middle C, a B registered on the screen. The C one octave down also registered a B on my screen. In fact every note I hit seemed to be approx a half tone down. The software was defaulting to 440 by the way.
I compared with my electric piano and this was confirmed. Would this piano have been last tuned a half tone down from 440 on purpose? If so, why? and should I leave it a half tone down from 440 and just tune it to that?
thankyou in advance
- Colin Nicholson
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In order to get it back to concert pitch, you will need to stretch every string back up their correct pitch - starting by raising it sharp. Not really a job for an amateur - and depending on the condition of the strings - some may break during the ordeal. Some very old pianos are best left where they are.
If there are any numbers showing in Hz (Hertz - cycles per second) - Middle C should be 261Hz.... however, I would raise it gradually over 2 sessions, start with maybe 257 - 259Hz.
This is the art of "pitch raising" .... some old pianos take 2 or more tunings to settle at concert pitch.... and some dont settle at all.
Hope that helps.