One of the most common problems that people have when it comes to their pianos is keeping them in tune. A piano doesn’t need to be tuned as often as violins, guitars, cellos, and other instruments with strings, so too many people tend to forget about their own pianos until they notice that nothing they play sounds right. A piano’s sound comes from felt hammers hitting metal strings that are pulled taut, and those strings will stretch and loosen until they can no longer produce the right note when they are struck. Pianos are also made of wood on top of that, so they will be affected by changes in temperature and humidity.
Technically speaking, a piano will always be going out of tune, so it would be best to have it tuned as often as possible. Since that isn’t always an option, most professionals suggest having their pianos tuned once every six months. Most people will start to notice that their pianos are out of tune by this time, but they won’t be so far gone that a quick tune-up won’t fix the issue. If you can’t have your piano tuned every six months, you should at least make it a point to have it tuned once a year. In the meantime, try to keep the humidity between 50 and 60 percent in the room where your piano is located, and don’t expose it to extreme temperature changes. It will be far easier to tune your piano if it hasn’t been allowed to go too far out of tune in the first place.
As with most professional services, it’s always best to have a piano tuner in mind before you decide that you need one. If you own a piano that you play regularly, simply perform a Google search for “piano tuning Waltham” to find a piano tuner in your area.