Tuning your piano is the very back bone of all piano services offered by your local piano technician. Fluctuating humidity as well as normal, continual decrease of static tension causes all pianos to go out of tune. Depending on where the piano is located, the amount of humidity change from season to season, the quality and condition of the piano and how much the piano is played, tuning may be required 2-3 times per year.

A piano being in tune (with an equal temperament set) and at standard concert pitch of A440, is a necessity for any pianist, from the beginner to the expert. For a beginner, learning to recognize certain tones and their relation to other tones from one piano to the next is essential. If a child’s piano at home sounds different than their teacher’s piano, they may become easily confused and discouraged. For the expert pianist, proper equal tempered tuning facilitates the use of adequate phrasing in a piece of music, easier recognition of which melodies should be accented within the music and faster memorization. In return this provides the enjoyment that playing and listening to piano music brings.

A trained piano technician, tuning by ear, has studied the art over many years and many pianos. The range of frequency sensed by the trained ear usually is between 20 and 20,000 vibrations per seconds.

This is roughly 10 octaves in range. While young people are more capable of hearing the 20,000 vibrations per second, trained piano tuners come very close. The actual range of any piano is from 27.5 Hz to 4186 Hz and the piano tuner is trained to acknowledge these frequencies with ease in order to provide as close to an equal tempered tuning as is possible within a specific piano.


Newfound Pianos provides professional quality equal temperament tuning.