Lynx Piano Service

Piano Tuning

Standard Tuning: $100. Pitch Raise: $40.

You're here, so you probably have a piano you're thinking about getting tuned - which is wonderful! Not just so it sounds great, but also so your piano can stay healthy and last for many years. A piano that goes without tunings for long periods is dangerous for the piano and is also more expensive to get back into tune. So please, protect your piano, wallet, and ears by having your piano tuned at least once a year.

What to Expect during the tuning: I'll do a quick pre-tuning inspection to insure there's nothing that would prevent a proper piano tuning. Next, I'll use a computer to record several notes of your piano to determine how far the piano is from the desired pitch. As long as the piano hasn't been neglected for too long, the pitch will be close enough for the piano will be able to be tuned normally. If the piano is too far from pitch, you'll be informed that your piano requires a "Pitch Raise" in addition to the normal piano tuning. (See Pitch Raise below). For most reasonably maintained pianos, a normal piano tuning will suffice.

Once tuning, the quieter the environment, the better I'll be able to tune. Depending on the piano, I'll need between 1 1/2 - 3 hours for tuning. (I'm not the fastest, but I'm picky and I'll make it right!) I'll strike each key multiple times as I tune, making sure the note is tuned & stable before moving on to the next key. Once all 230 or so strings have been tuned, I'll double check everything and make any final adjustments. At this point, I'll play a melody or two to demonstrate the piano tuning and invite you to play the piano and evaluate the tuning. Once you're happy with the piano tuning, I'll provide my invoice, clean up my tools, collect payment (all major credit cards accepted), and be on my way so you can play your beautiful sounding piano!

Pitch Raise: If a piano is too far from pitch, it requires more than one tuning to get all the strings to stay in tune. Before becoming a piano tuner, I never understood why the piano tuner couldn't always simply tune strings to the correct pitch in one pass. The best real world explanation I know comes from tightening lug nuts on a car wheel. If you tighten one, then you go around and tighten the others, by the time you get back to the first one tightened, it will be quite loose. That's because the pressure from the neighboring lug nuts affected that initial lug nut. The same idea applies to pianos, but to a much greater extent. Many people know that most pianos have 88 keys, but not everyone realizes that each of those keys have between 1 and 3 strings providing the sound. On average, there's about 230 strings on a piano. Plus, those strings are pulled very tight, averaging 165 pounds on one string! Altogether, that's about 18 tons of tension! The strings on a piano are just like the lug nuts on the wheel. You can't change one string (or lug nut) without affecting the others. If you set the pitch of string 1 and then adjust 229 other strings, string 1's pitch will have changed considerably. Pitch Raises allow us to get the piano's pitch close enough that we can then provide a successful and beautiful piano tuning.

Lynx's hometown is St. Peters, Missouri, but we'll happily service anywhere within 20 miles - including St. Louis, St. Charles, O'Fallon, Maryland Heights, Lake St. Louis, etc. Call/email or text today to schedule your piano tuning!

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