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What you wanted to know, or not, about maintaining your piano.

posted Mar 23, 2012, 4:22 PM by Arnold Klingler   [ updated Jan 8, 2019, 2:42 PM ]

How often do you need to tune your piano?

Good question, with no simple answer. Piano manufacturers recommend 3-4 tunings a year. However, if tuned properly, the average piano being used an average number of hours a week (either by a beginning student or a casual player), in good condition should hold a tuning six or more months. Now that's a very generic statement, I know. What it means is, if the piano has no mechanical problems holding tune and is not in an adverse climate (not super dry or moist or subject to large variances in temperature) and is more than about 6 years old (new strings go out of tune quickly), it should hold a tuning 6 or more months.

Things like an old pinblock (the piece of wood which ultimately holds the instrument in tune) which may be dry and allowing tuning pins to slip, can be either repaired or replaced. Strings which have become old and brittle will affect how well it holds tune. Even playing it many hours a day, forcefully, will have an affect on the tuning. The best judge will always be a competent, experienced piano tuner. By the time he services the instrument twice, your technician will have a good idea how long it should hold tune.