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Richard Smith

4A Green Street
Willingham
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB24 5JA
England

Very experienced and reliable tuition

Children and adults

Classical training; also jazz and pop repertoire

Consistently impressive exam results...

Cambridge Pianola Company

The Limes,
Landbeach
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 8DR
England

Pianola Specialists
Repairs, restoration, for all piano-based automaticmusical instruments including Nickelodeons and Pianocorders.

Brian Farley

Tacet-in-Cherrygates
Hadstock
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB21 4NU
England

Cocktail Pianist for a wedding, birthday or special occasion - all music styles. East Anglia and S.E. UK. Highly experienced professional in TV, ...

Piano Lessons for all ages


Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
England

I am an experienced classical piano teacher and a fully qualified secondary school teacher. My lessons are always fun & challenging - even for ...

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Butler Smith Specialist Carriers Ltd

Unit 30 Highlode Industrial Estate
Ramsey, Cambridgeshire PE26 2RB
England

Butler Smith Specialist Carriers Ltd Fully insured trained and uniformed staff with many years experience

Have musical fun learning to play the piano


St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 7BA
England

Piano lessons provided for all ages and levels. Fun guaranteed! :-)

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Visiting Piano and Theory Teacher

98 St Neots Road, Eaton Ford
ST NEOTS
St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE197BA
England

Piano lessons in your own home for beginners to Grade 8. Learn in a relaxed and friendly environment. Theory grades also taught. Enter for exams or ...

Cambridge Pianola Company

The Limes,
85 High Street
Landbeach, Cambridgeshire CB25 9FR
England

We are specialist removers of upright and grand pianos and player pianos and will give quotations for transport within the UK and beyond. Fully ...

Cambridge Pianola Company Piano Hire

85 High Street
Landbeach, Cambridgeshire CB25 9FR
England

Pianolas and Pianos can be hired for special occasions (delivery included). Alternatively they can be rented from £25 pcm with purchase option. We ...

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How Often Should I Get My Piano Tuned

Tuning Old Pianos

There are many reasons why older pianos go out of tune, and some of them are unavoidable due to the age of the piano, the most common in the UK is central heating drying the piano out.. The most difficult piano for piano tuners to bring back into tune is one that has been neglected for a long period of time. The strings tension drops also because of wear the termination points change this can increase the length of the string thus changing the pitch of individual string in the grope of tree, causing what we call ìfalse beatsî. The pitch of the piano will fall far below 440 Hz (concert pitch). This means that the piano tuner must adjust over 240 strings within an unstable internal environment. The tuner spends time tightening each string in order to raise its pitch. This process takes some time as the tuner must tune each string several times to achieve the required pitch and tension. This is because the adjacent strings will change in response to sudden changes in string tension. To get around this problem, the tuner must first raise all strings to an average degree of tension. After this average level is achieved, the tuner can make minute adjustments to the piano string. It takes time to do this properly, which can be expensive. To avoid a long expensive tuning sessions on an old piano, the piano should be tuned every six months as regular tuning will pay off in the long run.

Tuning New Pianos

What the manufactures say...

Steinway

"We usually recommend our customers at least 2 or 3 tunings per year for a piano getting average use in the home. Ideally 4 tunings spaced through the year to cover the seasonal changes would be best. A new piano settling into a new environment may need more regular tuning for the first year or two. These suggestions only apply to pianos in the average home. Pianos in music schools and teacherís pianos should be tuned more frequently as they receive heavy use. Studio and concert pianos are tuned before every concert or recording."

Yamaha

Adopt a schedule of regular service:

  • Why schedule regular service? Having your piano serviced regularly is a lot like taking vitamins. As you regularly take vitamins, you generally feel better and you are able to perform at your peak level. Also, taking vitamins helps you avoid serious illnesses and other health-related problems. The same is true regarding regular service for your piano. Regular service will keep your piano's performance (and your enjoyment) at its peak level. It will also correct "progressive" problems early, before they turn into costly repairs. For these reasons Yamaha strongly recommends that you adopt a schedule of regular service for your piano.
  • Tuning and adjustment: Pianos are delicate instruments that need professional attention periodically. Basically there are two types of professional piano care: tuning and adjustment.
  • Tuning means correcting the pitch of every note by retightening the strings. Each piano string is normally stretched to a pressure of about 90 kilograms (198pounds). Eventually, though, it will stretch further with use and lose some of its tension, causing the piano to lose its correct pitch. The strings need to be tuned a minimum of twice a year to restore them to their proper tension.
  • Adjustment involves the entire piano action, keyboard and pedal movements. Proper adjustment is especially important for grand pianos. Whether the piano will perform properly or not depends how accurately the adjustment is made.

Tuning and adjustment should always be done by an expert. When your piano requires either one, ask your Yamaha dealer or call a specialist piano tuner. Your dealer can also advise you about the interval between adjustments for your piano under the circumstances in which it is used.