When you buy your piano, one of the main reasons you buy it, is because of how it sounds. However, as with any stringed instrument, its sound will change over time. There are a number of factors that can influence the tension on the pianos strings, thus changing its sound and making it sound out of tune.
Factors that can influence making your piano become out of tune are the environment it is in, the amount of time you are playing it, and its general build during manufacture. That is why no two pianos are the same. The humidity in the room your piano is kept can cause contraction and expansion of the strings. It works just the same as guitar strings or even a wooden door – ever notice a door getting a bit stiff against the frame on hot day? This is what happens to a pianos strings.
The amount of time playing also affects the way a piano stays tuned as the strings are constantly being stretched by the hammers. This is noticeable on new pianos as the strings are being tested like they haven’t before, but the more it is tuned, over time it will hold its tuning for longer.
The way the piano is made can also be another factor to your piano falling out of tune. A piece of hardware may be a fraction of a millimeter off from the previous piano, but that can make all the difference. Pianos that are used for professional concerts and in recording studios can be tuned before every performance to make it sound perfect before every show. However, normal pianos that are sold every day are made in a way that won’t need as much tuning as that.
These are a few reasons why a piano must be kept in tune on a regular basis. A piano that is tuned on a less frequent basis loses its tuning quicker than a piano that is tuned on a regular basis.
At Maloney pianos we recommend having your piano tuned every 8-12 months, but this may vary depending on the above factors. You know how your piano should sound, so give us a call when it’s time for a tune up and we’ll have our qualified piano tuner have your piano sounding the best it can once again.