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Mr. A.Baldry MABPT, Dip CTB


Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 8PP
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in Bedfordshire

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Mr Barrie Heaton Dip. AEWVH, FABPT, FIMIT, CGLI (hon.), MMPTA (usa), MUEPB,.

31 Wyre Crescent
Darwen, Lancashire BB30JG
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I recondition, repair, and tune pianos in the Lancashire area of England. I cover all of Lancashire

Mr D Powell MABPT, Dip CTB


Winterbourne, Bristol BS17 2SS
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Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concert Venues in the Avon area David has been tuning for over 25 years

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Mr R Foster MABPT Dip AEWVH


Harrow, London HA2 7AS
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London Wide Piano Tuning Service Covering Acton, Chiswick, Ealing, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Highgate, Harrow, Pinner, Stanmore and More...

Mr Brooks MABPT, Dip AEWVH


Edgware, London HA8 8YW
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Piano Tuning in homes, schools, theatres, concert venues, recording studios & film sets in the London Hertfordshire & surrey area

Mr Lampert MABPT Dip AEWVH, CGLI


Northwood, London HA6 1PA
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We are based in Middlesex, just inside the M25 (J17) near Watford, Rickmansworth, Harrow, NW London.

S & J Wallace Piano Tuning


Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 9BY
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I am the piano tuner for S & J Wallace Piano Tuning. I'm a qualified traditional ear tuner with over 25 years experience in the trade.

Mr Seaton AABPT Cet AEWVH


Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 8EW
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in Hertfordshire area

Mr J Little MABPT, Dip AEWVH. CGLI


Northwood, London HA6 1PA
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Piano Tuning in Middlesex, Watford, Rickmansworth, Harrow, NW London.

Mr J Wilsher FABPT, Dip CTB


Northolt, London UB5 5JP
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues

John Haithwaite. The Piano Clinic


Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7FY
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concert Venues in Derbyshire. Nottinghamshire. East Staffordshire.

Mr M Wright MABPT, Dip AEWVH


Liverpool, Merseyside L23 9SX
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in Merseyside and Cheshire

Mr T Withers MABPT, Dip CTB


Portishead, Somerset BS20 6LE
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in somerset

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Mr J Denton MABPT, Dip CTB


St Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4JN
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in Buckinghamshire

CHESHIRE PIANOS TUNING


Lymm, Cheshire WA13 9BT
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Cheshire Pianos' specialises in the tuning of both Concert and domestic pianos. At present we have over 4000 regular customers including numerous well...

Mr P Clarke MABPT, Dip AEWVH


Exeter, Devon EX4 8NF
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in Devon

Mr G Woodward MABPT, Dip CTB


Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8RR
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Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in the Chelmsford area

Mr A Reeves MABPT, Dip AEWVH


Linden, Gloucestershire GL1 5DZ
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Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in Gloucestershire

Cassidy FABPT Dip AEWVH


Southampton, Hampshire SO15 4GU
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Piano Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in Hampshire

Mr A Luc MABPT Dip AEWVH,


Chichester, West Sussex PO19 2JX
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Tuning in Homes, Schools, Theatres and Concerts Venues in Sussex

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Concert Pitch
What is Standard Pitch or Concert Pitch and why do we need it? Standard Pitch is a universal frequency or note that all instruments are set to. TodayĆ­s standard pitch is A440 or C523.3 and this concert pitch enables musicians to play instruments together in harmony. A form of standard pitch has been around ever since two individuals wished to play two instruments together or sing to an instrument. A tuning fork is normally used to set the pitch. However, in the past, pitch pipes have been used, and today electronic tuning forks are also used, but the most common is the tuning fork. The tuning fork was invented by John Shore in 1711 and it had a pitch of A423.5. He was the sergeant trumpeter to the Court and also lutenist in the Chapel Royal.
Of course, once you have your "A" or "C" set to a pitch, the rest of the instrument will have to be tuned. A scale is set in the middle and this scale also determines the pitch of all the twelve notes in the octave. The most common system used to day is known as equal temperament. This sets the pitches of the twelve notes so that the player can play the instrument in all keys by dividing the roughness equally among the twelve notes. The roughness is called the "wolf." This term may have come about because if the "wolf" is not set right the instrument will be howling out of tune.
Like standard pitch A440, equal temperament is not the only tuning scale that has been used. Ptolemy started using just intonation in 136 AD. Meantone tuning was perfected by Salinas in 1577 AD. Equal temperament was proposed by Aristoxenus, a pupil of Aristotle, and had been in use in China for some centuries before. It would seem that equal temperament was used in North Germany as early as 1690. In 1842 the organ of St. Nicholas, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was tuned to equal temperament, and this is believed to be the first organ to be tuned in this way in England for a concert. Willis the organ builder did not use equal temperament until 1854. However, in 1846 Walter Broadwood directed Mr. Hipkins the head piano tuner at the company to instruct their tuners in the use of equal temperament. Mr. Hipkins used two tuning forks, one for meantone at A433.5 and one for equal temperament at A436. Meantone was the most common scale used at that time. See Ed Foote for more information on the use of meantone on today's pianos.
Musicians are not the only people to work with pitch. In 583 BC, a Greek philosopher called Pythagorus was making use of the monochord. This device is simply a soundbox with a single string stretched over a movable bridge, the position of which can be determined by a scale marked on the soundbox. This was more of a scientific instrument than a musical one. Before this time, the Egyptians and Greeks made use of the monochord. For 5000 years, it was used to make intricate mathematical calculations. The ratio of intervals and many other facts that make up the fundamentals of acoustic science were discovered using the monochord. Pythagorus used a pitch of 256Hz on his monochord. The study of mathematics was known as philosophy in the time of Plato.