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Frisco Piano Tuner
Frisco Piano Tuner . . . also known as the "Piano Doctor" Why? As the top piano tuning company in the Dallas, Ft. Worth metroplex, we have been "healing sick pianos" for over 40 years! We offer a full range of piano services -- from professional piano tuning to piano repair, appraisal, restoration, maintenance and moving.
Piano Tuning and Proper Maintenance
A very well built and relatively new piano would normally require little maintenance other than tuning. But a piano is a tricky instrument to deal with. Did you know that an upright piano has over 8,000 moving parts inside? Even with normal wear and tear, a piano will sometimes require part replacement, adjustment or calibration in addition to basic tuning.
Keeping your humidity and temperature at constant levels is the best environment you can provide for your piano, or any instrument.
Unfortunately in Texas, that is no easy task where we can easily have hydro static readings with a variance of over 80% within a week's time. Add to that, the pressure exerted through normal playing, and you can create a very transient pitch environment.
So, the best protection you can give your piano is to regularly maintain it. Style and velocity make a difference in the response for the piano . . . there is quite a variance between you rehearsing Skryabin preludes and you playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Frisco Piano Tuner is your one stop piano service company. We can tune, service, repair, maintain or restore your instrument. In addition, we can help you get your piano moved, or assist you in buying or selling a piano.
If you play your piano several times a week, you should have it tuned 3 to 4 times a year. More moderate use would need a tuning every six months.
Special attention should be given if you use the instrument in ensemble playing, where a 440Hz is expected. If your piano's pitch deviates too much from the standard ("perfect pitch"), a pitch correction may be needed. Depending on the condition of your piano, this process can take a period of several months
There are usually 3 types of piano players:
(1) a professional,
(2) an avid music enthusiast or
(3) a beginner ("my mom is making me take piano lessons").
All three groups get irritated with an out of tune instrument . . . and not to mention their audiences . . . but generally for different reasons:
1. The professional is concerned that a poor tuning will cheapen his performance and image.
2. The music enthusiast has his/her progress slowed (like a cook complaining about not having the right ingredients on hand).
3. The beginner will usually lose interest quickly because of the wretched sound.
The human body senses, consciously or not, when insturments are in tune and when they are not. So, be in tune!
Many factors go into a great sounding piano which can enhance a well tuned instrument. You may need one or more of these complimentary or auxiliary services from time to time. And Frisco Piano Tuner can provide them all for you. At the very least, the more "piano knowledge" you have, the greater the musical enjoyment you will get from your piano.
Piano Tuning Cost
Frisco Piano Tuner services the entire Dallas, Ft. Worth metro area, including all of the major suburbs.
Back in the early 1980's, when we first started out, we were, by far, “The Cheapest Piano Technician in Town”...and we still are! A piano tuning was priced at around $50 back then. Even today, we still offer the most competitive pricing in the DFW area.
Individual piano repairs are appraised on site and all of our repair work comes with a 30-day guarantee. Call for a quote.
What is a Pitch Raise?
When a piano is manufactured, its pitch level is set at Concert Pitch, meaning that A=440hz. Most pianos are not at 440 because they have been neglected, thus their absolute pitch may be somewhere between 440 and 400. Having an instrument at Concert Pitch means that the instrument will have a certain brilliance in the sound and it would easily be able to be used in ensemble playing.
If ensemble playing, sound picture, or worrying about a future buyer, do not matter to you, pitch raise is not an issue.
What is Piano Voicing?
Voicing is the action of changing an piano's sound panel by adjusting the hammer heads. It is a very precise procedure, and demanding on the piano technician.Voicing requires highly attuned aural skills in addition to technical skills as well. Your piano has its own distinct "voice". When you play your piano, you instinctively know and recognize that it sounds slightly different from any other piano you play.
The continuous hammering of the felts on the strings, over time, will cause the instrument to change its sound, different from how it was, being new and coming out of the factory. The felt can often sound harsh as it hardens and compacts.
A Certified Master Technician should be able to treat the hammers by aligning them, reshaping them, carefully needling them on the lower side or even hardening them if the felts are too loose. This is difficult, so don't try this yourself. Voicing should be done by a professional piano tech, and is no task for an amateur.
Moving a Piano
Frisco Piano Tuner can assist you in moving your instrument anywhere you wish within the United States and Canada.
Moving a piano, be it an upright or a grand piano, requires specialized movers. A regular moving company will not be able to do this properly. Professional piano movers use specialty equipment such as dollies, straps, hooks, etc.
Piano movers are bonded and insured and registered with the State, and you can expect a worry-free and safe move for your instrument. Sometimes, people try to save money on moving their piano, only to find that it often ends up costing them more than a professional mover would have charged.
Non-bonded and unqualified movers have a substantially higher insurance claim record. You don't want to go through the agony, time and expense of going through a piano moving claim. Therefore you should rely on professional piano movers only. If you would like to talk to some of our customers who have had very bad piano moving experiences -- because they did not select the right movers -- let us know, and we will put you in touch with them
Appraisal and Sale/Purchase Assistance
Frisco Piano Tuner will help you with the purchase of a new or used piano if needed. We represent you, the buyer/seller, and can often assist in also providing a guarantee on the condition of a piano being sold.
This will usually greatly enhance the sale value and provides added security to the new owner. Buying a piano can often include a fairly sizable investment and it is always recommended to get a second, professional opinion on the quality of the instrument you plan to acquire.
Some Additional Things to Consider . . . .
A used piano is often preferred over a new piano because it is a "seasoned instrument" . . . and the soundboard is "cured", meaning it has withstood lots of climate changes. Unless you go very high up in price for a new instrument, the sound quality of a used piano can often surpass a new one.
Some questions to be considered might be . . . Is string oxidation going to cause problems with tuning? Is the soundboard cracked? Is the action properly calibrated? Have the hammer-felts been 'abused' or just been subjected to regular wear and tear, or do they only need revoicing?
These are just a few of the issues that an untrained ear can't determine. Get a professional opinion from Marc, our certified piano technician, and you stand to save a lot of money down the road.
We can help! Whatever your need . . . whatever your concern . . .
Call Frisco Piano Tuner today (214) 392-0000
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