Piano Tuning Frequently Asked Questions
What is the number one reason pianos go out of tune?
The main reason pianos need tuning is because of fluctuations in the amount of humidity in the air. When humidity is high, the soundboard swells and puts more tension on the strings, causing the pitch to go up. When the air dries out, the soundboard lets go of the extra moisture, which causes the pitch of the piano to fall. Each time the piano goes through this cycle the strings in each section of the piano will change by different amounts, which causes the piano to be "out of tune."
How often does a piano need to be tuned?
It is best to tune a piano once or twice a year because of the seasonal changes in humidity.
Does the location of the piano within my home make a difference?
Location is very important. Changes in humidity can be a real "killer." Some locations can be quite detrimental to the life of a piano. Pianos should not be placed in direct sunlight, damp places such as basements, garages, or storage rooms that do not have climate control. Also to be avoided would be A/C vents, open windows or other drafty places. Contrary to what you may have heard, an outside wall (with modern insulation) is not a bad place for a piano as long as you avoid direct sun and all those other things that were mentioned.