Piano Tuning

What is ‘concert pitch’?

This is the frequency to which all musical instruments are set or tuned. It is known as A440 pitch standard.

How often should my piano be tuned?

The general consensus is that most pianos need to be tuned at least once a year, but ideally, twice. However, this largely depends on how much the piano is used, what condition it is in and how stable the temperature is where the piano is housed.

Why does my piano go out of tune so soon after being retuned?

The most likely reason is that the strings/wrestpins are old and need to be replaced. Another factor is expansion/contraction of strings, due to extremes of temperature.

Why can’t my piano be tuned to concert pitch?

The usual reasons are old & brittle strings, and loose wrestpins. Some pianos with wooden frames, or which are poorly constructed, may not be sturdy enough to take the strain. Take a look at our Piano Restoration page for more information.

Where do I find a competent Piano Tuner in the UK?

We work with tuners around Oxfordshire so call 01865 790400 and we will put you in touch with someone in your area.


H Burniston

I am delighted to have the piano back at home. It is superb, the tone and touch are superb and the case looks magnificent. I am very pleased to have such a good friend returned to such beautiful condition and am grateful for your efforts of craftsmanship and professionalism.

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