# Can I tune my upright piano myself?

Sep 16, 2020

## Can I tune my upright piano myself?

It’s impossible to tune a piano without a few basic, specialized tools. At minimum, you will need to purchase three things: Tuning lever. Electronic chromatic tuner.

### How often should an upright piano be tuned?

once a year
Pianos need regular tuning at least once a year to keep them up to pitch and playing the correct notes. In particular, piano strings stretch a great deal during the first year after purchase, and the piano should be tuned twice during this one-year period.

#### How are pianos tuned?

Because pianos typically have multiple strings for each piano key, these strings must be tuned to the same frequency to eliminate beats. The pitch of a note is determined by the frequency of vibrations. Piano strings are wrapped around tuning pins, which are turned to adjust the tension of the strings.

Can a piano be tuned perfectly?

Well the different pitches produced by the various patterns of sine waves are called harmonics, and musicians can use them to perfectly tune their instruments. But the short version is that it’s mathematically impossible to tune a piano across all keys using harmonics.

What happens if you never tune a piano?

If your piano has gone without tuning for an extended period of time, its pitch may have dropped well below standard pitch at which it was designed to perform. It may require a procedure called a “pitch raise”or “pitch correction”.

## What happens if you dont tune a piano?

Letting a piano get very far out of tune isn’t good for it, but the harm is rarely irreversible. A piano adjusts to the tension of its strings (typically 38,000 pounds of pressure!). When a piano is allowed to go out of tune, string tension is reduced, and the piano settles to the new lower tension.

### What do you use to tune a piano?

Tuning is the correction of the pitch of each note by gently re-tightening metal pins called tuning pins around which the strings are wound, using a tool called a tuning hammer.

#### What should the tuning tip length be on a piano?

Tip Length Tuning tips (the socket that fits over the tuning pin) vary in length between 1″ and 3″. The tip length that you choose will probably go hand in hand with the head angle that you choose. This is because these two factors affect how well the lever will clear any obstructions in the piano (plate struts, stretcher, etc.)

Where do the tuning pins go on a piano?

These pianos have short tuning pins which anchor in slotted holes in the harp or plate. You will have to take new pins to a machine shop and have them cut to match your original pins. If doing only a few, cut them with a Dremel tool.

Which is the correct way to raise the pitch of a piano?

If you turn the pin right (clockwise), you raise the pitch. Turning it left (counterclockwise) will lower the pitch. Avoid wiggling or twisting the pin. If it becomes loose or damaged you’ll need to call in a pro and have it repaired.