Serving Chicago, North and North-west suburbs since 1994
Tuning and Cleaning
Piano tuning is the act of making minute adjustments to the tensions of the strings of a pianoto properly align the intervals between their tones so that the instrument is in tune. Themeaning of the term in tune in the context of piano tuning is not simply a particular fixed set ofpitches.
Fine piano tuning requires an assessment of the interaction between notes, which is differentfor every piano, thus in practice requiring slightly different pitches from any theoreticalstandard. Pianos are usually tuned to a modified version of the system called equaltemperament (see Piano key frequencies for the theoretical piano tuning). In all systems oftuning, every pitch may be derived from its relationship to a chosen fixed pitch, which isusually A440.
Pianos need to be clean on the regular bases. They are exposed to environmental pollutions of our houses such as dust, pet dander, cooking oil particles in the air etc. Cleanliness of all the mechanical parts of the piano will affect the way it performs on fills when we touch the keys. It can also affect our health. Every time we sit down to play and start pressing the keys, all the dust start flying around and we inhale it.
The process consists of:
- Taking off all the cabinet parts and remove the action.
- Reshape the hammer felt if necessary.
- Clean the soundboard, strings, keyboard, action, action cavity, cabinet, plate, tuning pin area.
- Vacuum and blow clean with air compressor interior of the piano.
- Clean and polish exterior of the cabinet.