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#625138 - 10/13/02 11:13 PM To tune or not to tune ...
ChemicalGrl Offline
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Registered: 08/03/01
Posts: 643
Loc: Durham, North Carolina
Greetings All!

I was wondering if it might be worth it to tune my piano.

I know, sounds like a strange question, the obvious answer is, "Of course, you should!"

But here is my situation: my piano is at home in San Diego. I really only go home once a year, in December. So that's really the only time my piano is played with any regularity. This has been the case ever since I left home for graduate school and beyond in 1991.

I had the rare opportunity to go home in July, and I had come to the realisation that my piano is quite out of tune and probably needs some work. My initial thoughts were to save up some money so that when I go back home in December, I could get a piano tuner over to the house while I'm home to work on the piano.

By the way, I don't believe the piano has been tuned for at least 20 years or so. (I don't think my parents really knew any better, and I was just a kid who didn't really know any better either.)

Would it be worth it to call someone over if I'm the only one who plays the piano? Otherwise, it sits quietly in the corner during the time I'm not there.

Comments welcomed.

Lyn F.
Lyn F.

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#625139 - 10/14/02 01:42 AM Re: To tune or not to tune ...
pianoseed Offline
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Registered: 06/13/01
Posts: 884
Loc: here
How much does it bother you to play it out of tune? I believe pianos should be kept in tune even if they are infrequently played. Have it tuned each time you are home.(about once a year?)

#625140 - 10/14/02 08:04 PM Re: To tune or not to tune ...
SamLewisPiano.com Offline
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Registered: 08/19/01
Posts: 635
Loc: WHITE BLUFF (Nashville area) T...
A piano that has been untuned for that amount of time will almost certainly need 2 or 3 tunings before it will be stable enough to hold pitch well. This is a challenging job for a pro. It is next to impossible for an amateur. If the piano means something to you, have it tuned. If it isnt worth a little yearly maintenance, it's not worth keeping..............Sam
Since 1975; Full-time piano tuner/tech in Nashville;
Lacquer and polyester specialist.



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