If your piano seems difficult to play, has uneven touch, doesn't sound as nice as you wish it did, there is a very good chance it can be improved, often substantially. Many pianos are not operating as efficiently as they were originally designed to. People often do not realize that a piano, in addition to being an expressive instrument, is also a machine with ten thousand moving parts. These parts largely consist of felt and wood and other non-stable materials that wear, compress and shrink/swell with humidity changes seasonally. Given time, all pianos will gradually drift away from proper performance. The performance of a piano action tends to decline, due to the compression of felt, warping of wood, and other types of wear. Andy's Piano Service can skillfully restore it to optimal precision, in a process called regulation, which involves many adjustments.
New pianos are not perfectly regulated when released from the factory, or quickly lose their regulation when moved to their new home, and will benefit from regulation in the home.
The goal of regulation is to make the piano's touch and sound consistent across all notes, allow it to comfortably achieve the widest possible range of dynamics, and make the keys responsive to even the most rapid or most subtle motions of the player.
A half day or full day service appointment is the only way to make a significant improvement in your instrument. Call Today for an appointment. Half Day Service - $250. Full Day Service $450.
Piano Tuning I recommend that a piano be tuned every six months,or at least once each year. The piano is primarily made of wood and is affected by climate change: wood swells and contracts with variations in humidity and temperature, resulting in a change of string tension, changing the "tuning."
Optimal tone quality will be maintained when it is tuned on a consistent basis. When a number of years pass between tunings, the pitch will drop, often enough that two or more tunings will be needed to restore the pitch to A-440.
I bring the pitch back up to normal over the course of several tunings, particularly when it has dropped a step or more. Raising the pitch too far in one tuning may result in broken strings making it is impossible to do a quality tuning, as the pitch will slip until the strings stabilize.
I will be glad to work with you in setting up a schedule. I keep a record of each tuning appointment and will contact you after one year has passed. Tuning cost (in the Lynchburg area) is $125.00 and $65.00 for a pitch raise.
Broken Strings – Splicing & Replacing
Sluggish Action Parts
Floppy Action Parts
Problem Hammer Shanks
Noises – Buzzes, Rattles, Groans and Clicks Diagnostic
Pedal Issues – Damping, Shifting, Sostenuto, and Pedal Trap
Damper Troubles - After-ring, Swooshing, Oinking
Glue Joint Failure
Artist Bench Problems
Sound Board, Plate, and Interior Cleaning
Piano Regulation Regulation is the process of optimizing the piano action (the wippen assembly, hammers- shanks and flanges immediately above the keys within the piano cavity) to provide the best response to our touch. In a sense regulation is the optimization of touch and tone. A piano that is out of proper regulation can have sluggish repetition, uneven or irregular tone or touch, feel heavy and exhibit an inability to play gently or softly. A fine regulation will result in an even touch whereby the piano keys and action respond in a like manner throughout. Power and control are restored.
We use words like aftertouch to describe the sensation toward the end of the keystroke which coincides with the moment of sound. Aftertouch provides a comfortable touch sensation for pianists, a physical zone for parts rotation, travel completion and repetition of each note. Hammer voicing in conjunction with regulation improves tone and timbre (tone color) in this process. The regulation procedure includes inspection, repair and cleaning of the piano keyframe, keybed and action. Necessary repairs are made, friction is measured and reduced as needed followed by adjustments of key height, dip and level, key travel and spacing, hammer shaping, alignment, spacing and travel, all major action alignments, timing and parts synchronization, repetition spring and repetition lever adjustments and a host of other fine alignment and related adjustments.
Regulation improves touch , tone and responsiveness of the piano and provides the basis for a expression, a wide dynamic range and power.