Pianos are incredibly complex instruments made of thousands of parts. Yamaha pianos are made with wood and felt parts that are highly influenced by environmental conditions like temperature and humidity.
Additionally, the piano strings are stretched to precise tensions for each note. The strings stretch out over time, even if you don’t often play the piano. Combined with the expanding and contracting wood and felt, these changes cause the piano to fall out of tune.
How often should I have my Yamaha piano tuned?
A new Yamaha piano “settles” as the pieces stretch, contract, and adjust to the environment. Yamaha recommends tuning a new piano at least four times in the first year. After the first year, Yamaha suggests that after purchasing at a Yamaha piano store you should have your piano tuned at least biannually, though some piano owners prefer having their piano serviced more frequently.
Of course, the more frequently your piano is played, the more often it requires tuning. Pianists who play daily should consider having their piano tuned monthly. If you play three to five days a week, four tunings each year will counteract seasonal changes.
Because pianos are profoundly affected by changes in temperature and humidity, it is ideal to have your piano tuned each season. The most critical times to tune a piano are in the spring and late fall.
Even if you do not notice a change in tune or do not play your piano, it is beneficial to have your piano serviced at least once a year. In addition to making sure each key is tuned properly, a piano technician will assess the overall condition of your piano.
How are Yamaha pianos tuned?
The term “tuning” usually refers to all the regular maintenance required to keep a piano in good working condition. The maintenance tasks are divided into three categories: regulation, voicing, and tuning.
Regulation involves adjusting the action of the keys and making sure the keyboard is level. It ensures that each key responds to your touch uniformly and no key is too loose or tight.
Voicing balances the volume, tone, and sound of the piano. Technicians adjust the sound by changing the firmness of the hammer that hits the string.
Tuning includes adjusting the tension of each piano string by tightening each of the metal “tuning pins.”
How can I help my Yamaha piano stay in tune?
Because temperature and humidity impact pianos, the easiest way to help your piano stay in tune is to control the climate. The ideal climate for a piano is 68 degrees F with 42 percent humidity.
Place your piano away from direct sunlight and avoid putting it near heating and air conditioning vents, fireplaces, and fans. Yamaha piano experts and professional pianists recommend placing a piano away from windows and frequently opened doors.
How do I find a piano tuner?
The best way to find a reliable piano tuner is to contact your local Yamaha piano store or retailer. You may also contact the Piano Technicians Guild to find certified piano tuners in your area.
Bay Area Yamaha Piano Stores
Pianos Plus, located in Castro Valley in the East Bay Area is a small business and authorized Yamaha piano dealer as well as offering a selection of used pianos in our store. Please contact us online, come see us, or call us at 510-581-1660 and ask for Ela Fox. We also offer piano rentals, lessons and we can assist you with resources to get your piano tuned or moved.