THE ORGANIC TUNING, BY EAR, FOR A PERFECT SOUND
I’m Jens Witter, your piano doctor (bearing an actual PhD in Musicology). My passion is bringing harmony to people’s lives. Tuning a piano is a specific process that adjusts the tension of the strings using special tools. The strings must be stretched to a certain point so that they vibrate in harmony with each other according to acoustic laws and customs. Fine tuning requires an assessement of the vibration interaction among notes, which is different for every piano.
Pianos are usually tuned to a modified version of the system called ‘equal temperament’ (Das wohltemperierte Klavier/Johann Sebastian Bach). In all systems of tuning, every pitch may be derived from its relationship to a chosen fixed pitch, which is usually A440 (261.262 Hz). I am tuning by ear and can adjust a sharper discant or flater bass to your preferences or visa versa. Any tuning can be adjusted to accompany other instruments.
It doesn’t matter how modern or sophisticated an electronic tuning device might be, you will hear the difference and you will not be satisfied with a tuning done with an electronic device. If you own a square pianos, or player piano, harpsichord, pump organ, or any other rarity I will be tuning such instruments as well. And yes, they can be tuned, if you own the right tools and know how! In some cases, the tuning might not hold due to the age of the instrument.
Then I will restore your treasure and family heirloom, it most definitely has not to go to the dumps! I am equally excited to work on your regular upright or grand piano – any age, any seize, any brand as long as it is an acoustic keyboard instrument. The average piano has 220 strings. Each string has a different frequency and pitch and must be tuned to the other strings of the piano. These strings determine the sound of your piano. Over time the strings stretch due to tension, temperature and humidity fluctuations, which causes the piano to go out of tune.