SOME MANUFACTURERS STATEMENTS:
Steinway & Sons:
“…no matter how expertly a piano is tuned, atmospheric variations and the nature of the piano’s construction constantly conspire to bring it off pitch”
Baldwin Piano Company:
” After the first year a piano should be tuned at least twice each year.”
Keep in mind that every piano is subject to one or more factors that will make it go out of tune, including:
– Humidity changes – Temperature changes – Stretching of strings – Slipping tuning pins – Hard use
How often you should tune your piano depends on its condition, the environment in which it is located, and the musical demands of the owner.
A piano used mainly as a furniture piece probably won’t “need” to be tuned more than once a year. A piano that is played regularly and is in good condition would be better off with 2 tunings per year, each time the seasonal humidity changes. A piano given a daily workout by a professional or serious student might need to be tuned more frequently, maybe 4 times a year or more.
Kawai Piano Company:
Quality pianos demand quality care. Pianos require periodic maintenance in three areas: tuning, action regulation and voicing. Tuning is addressed more frequently than the other service areas depending on circumstance and atmospheric variance.
Due to stretching, settling and the effects of climate, one should allow at least three tunings in the first year and a minimum of twice per year thereafter.
Kimball Piano Company:
The regularity of service is as important as the frequency in keeping the piano in top condition. We recommend four tunings a year, at regular intervals, for optimal stability and performance. Regulation is also required periodically to maintain the proper function of keys, action, and pedals. A qualified piano technician or reputable dealer can provide advice concerning regulation, as well as perform tuning or other services required for the proper care of the instrument.
New pianos should be tuned a minimum of four times the first year to compensate for the normal settling that takes place. “…a piano should be tuned at least twice a year.” ” Complete piano service should include periodic regulation and voicing in addition to tuning”
In the first year, Piano Manufacturers Association International recommends that you have your piano tuned four times. This is a period of adjustment for a new instrument and proper attention is important.
After the first year, you should have it tuned at least twice a year depending upon the frequency of use and atmospheric conditions.