Monday, April 06, 2020

Pitch Correction

After careful evaluation of the overall pitch of your piano, in comparison to the international standard of A = 440Hz... , we may find that your piano requires a pitch correction, in addition to a Standard Tuning. A Pitch Correction involves tuning your piano twice in one visit. This procedure is usually required when it has been determined that a piano is more than 10% (cents) sharp or flat from standard pitch. The first tuning serves to get all the strings close to standard pitch allowing room for settling during the process. The second tuning is then a fine Standard Tuning, honing all the strings in to standard pitch as closely as possible.

If we determine that your piano is more than 10% (cents) flat or sharp from standard pitch, but for some reason (age of piano, rusty strings or tuning pins, or personal budget) you prefer not to have a Pitch Correction performed, then it is possible to “tune your piano to itself” in a single tuning so that the piano sounds better (not perfect) and is in relative tune at a general pitch other than standard.

In most cases when a piano has not been tuned in a very long time (more than 5 years) and there rusty or old strings and tuning pins involved, we recommend that the piano be tuned to itself and not to attempt to bring it up to standard pitch by performing a Pitch Correction. The reason for this being that there is a greater chance of string breakage when attempting to pull up to standard old or rusty strings that have not had the advantage of regular tuning which keeps the strings close to standard pitch.

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