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Tuning

Tuning is the most common service performed on a piano. Rhapsody Piano Service uses computer software as well as aural techniques to insure that the tuning that clients receive is one that is both musical as well as stable.

The software that will be used to tune your piano takes inharmonicity into account. Because of inharmonicity, different pianos require different deviations in pitch from theoretical Equal Temperament.  Six notes are sampled and a tuning is calculated specially for your piano. The strobe type tuning devices that are so popular among many tuners cannot do this.

Seasonal changes and continued use strongly affect tuning longevity. Because of this, it is recommended that the average piano owner have his/her piano tuned every six months.

Historical Temperaments, or any other temperament other than the standard Equal Temperament, may be applied without any additional fees. Top

 

Regulating

The act of regulating a piano is done to insure that the piano plays and sounds as well as it can. Pianos have many parts, and like any finely built machine, those parts must interact properly. When parts become worn or placed out of kilter, the touch and tone (among other things) begins to decrease in quality.

Quick Facts:

Many piano owners do not realize that their worn out pianos can be revitalized to sound as good as, or even better, than their piano sounded and played when it was new.

A piano that has a dead or harsh sound is often not the result of a poor design. Instead, it needs to have its tone regulated, or voiced, to its acoustical environment.

Although some pianos need a complete regulation job more often, the average home piano should be regulated every 5-10 years, depending on how often and how intensely it was played.  

A piano in need of a regulation can also lead to costly repairs, much like an automobile if the engine is not tuned up regularly. Top

 

Repairs

Like anything mechanical, pianos sometimes have parts that need to be repaired or replaced.

You can rest assured that the repairs made to your piano by Rhapsody Piano Service will be high in quality and at the lowest price possible. Top

 

Purchase Consultations

Anyone interested in purchasing a piano is stongly advised to have a qualified piano technician inspect the instrument to insure that the piano that seems like "such a great deal" is actually that. 

An inspection fee is a small price to pay when compared to the money lost on the repairs needed to make some instruments playable.

If nothing else, a potential piano owner should educate himself/herself about what constitutes a good price when dealing with pianos.

A great resource to begin with is Larry Fine's, The Piano Book.

 

 

Humidity Control

More than any other environmental factor, extreme levels of relative humidity can wreak havoc on a piano. Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver

Being a natural product, wood expands and contracts according to how wet or dry the air is in relation to the ambient temperature.

In times of high humidity, action parts get sluggish, key bushings tighten, strings begin to rust, and the soundboard expands--causing the strings to rise in pitch.

When the relative humidity levels are low, action parts shrink, tuning pins get loose, cracks begin to appear in the soundboard and bridges, and the pitch drops.

Installations of a Dampp-Chaser climate control system is recommended for all pianos. After a period of conditioning, pianos equipped with Dampp-Chaser systems become much more stable in both playability and pitch as well as insuring that costly repairs, such as cracks in the soundboard, never have to be made.

To learn more about the effects of humidity on pianos go to Dampp-Chaser's web site www.pianolifesaver.com. Top