Piano Tuning Prices
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Service Calls & Inspections
Service Calls & Piano Inspections
Need to check out a piano you are thinking of buying or to appraise the condition of your instrument?
We inspect the instrument & provide an appraisal stating the piano’s condition and the required work to make your instrument musical.
Our call out fee also applies if a tuning service has been booked, but when we arrive we find that the piano it too old or in too poor a condition to be successfully tuned.
Tuning & Overview
Piano Tuning Service
$230 (New Customers). Discounted rate for regular Piano Care Clients
All pianos require tuning. Manufacturers recommend pianos be tuned twice a year but piano technicians in Australia will simplify that to at least once a year.
All pianos also require maintenance. This can be a simple pedal adjustment through to a full adjustment of all the moving parts. This keeps the playing mechanism at a certain standard.
House pianos that you use to play for pleasure or for lessons, require less piano tuning and maintenance services than a concert grand piano in a performance venue.
I am often asked for my best price on piano tuning. However, there is more to piano tuning than just adjusting strings and trying to finish as fast as possible. My philosophy is one of complete piano care where I help you get the very best musical experience out of your instrument.
My piano tuning service involves tuning and working on your instrument to achieve a desired result. If the piano hasn’t been tuned for a number of years, it will require a pitch correction, which is basically described as a rough tuning to establish the pitch so that you can play along with other instruments or your playlist. There could be adjustments required to the playing mechanism to improve the response, or to fix a sluggish note. This all falls under my tuning service.
My tuning service includes a two hour visit to tune and adjust your piano. On a regularly serviced instrument I can complete the tuning in about 1¼ hours (that’s an average tuning time). I then work on the playing mechanism to improve the touch, adjust the difference in tone from note to note, adjust the pedals, or vacuum the interior. However, the emphasis is on tuning.
If the instrument has not been tuned in a number of years, we will recommend a follow up tuning service within a certain timeframe.
If I inspect the piano and there a number of problems and I cannot complete a satisfactory tuning service in the two hours, I will provide a written quote which I will email to you.
Given the greater depth of service and adjustments I undertake as standard, my fees reflect the extra time spent on the instrument.
Interior Piano Cleaning
It may surprise you how much dust and dirt can collect in your piano and how many hidden problems may be lurking.
Our interior cleaning service is very thorough and is the best way to check for internal mould, vermin and/or insect infestation. We remove the action, the keys, and clean all accessible parts, including the action cavity, the cast-iron plate, the key bed, the mechanical action and even underneath a grand piano’s strings. Make your piano look new again!
Some cleaning can be performed during the tuning service, however if the instrument has been neglected for years, or has rusting strings, it is best to ask for a quotation.
Piano Action Regulation
From $120 per hour
The playing mechanism requires maintenance to realign moving parts, removal of friction, lubricating and adjusting the mechanism to play to its potential.
1 Day Piano Action Service
This is for a reasonably new instrument, a re-built action, or for those pianos that have been regularly tuned but have never received any maintenance. The action is cleaned and lubricated to reduce friction, action and keys regulated to factory specifications, servicing the pedal mechanism and voicing the hammers.
2-3 Day Piano Action Service
This is for instruments that have received more use, or for annual concert piano service
In addition to the one day service, The hammers are reshaped to remove string cuts, re-aligned and fitted to the strings, and the damper assembly fully regulated.
The overall tone of the instrument is adjusted by manipulation of the resiliency of the hammer heads. Softening the hammers can create a warmer sound as well creating a brighter sound through the use of hammer hardeners. Hammers can be reshaped to remove string cuts and correctly aligned to the strings.
From $120 per hour
Piano Repairs and Restoration
From $120 per hour
Hammer replacement and fitting
Custom hammers – we can recommend genuine parts or recommend alternate hammers to suit your sound preferences
Damper and key end felt replacement
Keyboard overhaul – key bushings, key polishing
String and soundboard cleaning
Precision Touch Design
Precision Touch Design
Prices start from $2500
For elite musicians with performance pianos, realising the potential locked within a piano is the Holy Grail. Brian Wilson is one of a handful of Australian piano tuners accredited in Precision Touch Design for grand and concert pianos.
Precision Touch Design is a piano tuning technique explicitly designed to enhance the feel and performance of the piano.
Touch Design calibration combines the scientific analysis of each of the hammers in the piano to pinpoint specific, quantifiable changes required to the weight of individual hammers and keys to adjust the action’s inertial weight.
These calibrated changes create a better ratio match between the hammers and the keys, meaning optimal control for the pianist.
Pianos tuned using the Precision Touch Design method deliver a highly responsive, fast, light and even touch with a more dynamic range in tone that is tremendously satisfying to play.
Precision Touch Design creates smooth transitions from note to note and ideal voicing of the tone. The piano’s action is matched to the individual musician, creating the perfect blend of instrument and musician.
Adjustments using Precision Touch Design are perfect for pianists with stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, or for who find the touch of their beloved piano too heavy or too light.
* Terms & Conditions
All services are available in Brisbane and SEQ locations. Additional fees apply for out of area and weekend and after hours appointments (depending on availability)
An invoice is emailed on completion of work. Payment on completion of work by cash/cheque/bank deposit/credit card/Paypal
What People are Saying
“You’ve basically saved the instrument”
“I just wanted to let you know that the piano is playing and sounding beautiful.
The improvement is most noticeable in the upper and lower register. The key balance I am finding very good as well so I’m delighted with the job so thank you.
You’ve basically saved the instrument as it was becoming almost unplayable. The girls have even commented to their teacher that it’s great! Hi praise indeed!
And to top it off the neighbour, a former fitter and turner silver soldered and polished the music stand hinge so that completes the Kimball restoration.
Will be in touch for the regular tuning when the time comes.”