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Tuning & Fees

Photos: Shaya Lyon

To a piano technician "tuning" means a very specific operation in which the tension of each string is adjusted to a particular pitch. Since 1972, I've performed approximately 24,000 tunings. 
   For the first 20 years of my career, I tuned solely by ear using a tuning fork to set the first string. I now have incorporated state-of-the art electronics as an adjunct to my ears. I feel that the combination of well-trained ears and sophisticated electronics results in the best tuning possible.
    Virtually all piano manufacturers recommend tuning 2-4 times a year. In the mild climate of the Pacific Northwest, however, most home pianos need tuning only once or twice a year, depending on how hard and how much they are played.

Rather than just performing a simple tuning at each home visit, I plan extra time for looking after the piano's other needs, including minor repairs, such as fixing a broken string or hammer, cleaning the soundboard, refining the action regulation (touch), or voicing (tone quality), adjusting the pedals, etc., if these things can be done in a reasonable period of time. I plan roughly an hour for the tuning itself, and a half hour or so for these other services. Heads-up: If your piano has not received regular maintenance at least annually, the tuning and pitch alteration alone may take up the whole 90 minutes. My fee for a typical hour and a half full-service call, including travel time, is $255 in Seattle and $265 on the Eastside, in Snohomish County, or other near outlying areas. On the Olympic Peninsula, Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, and Whidbey Island, the fee is $275 plus ferry, if applicable. 

All appointments must be scheduled via email. Please email me to schedule your appointment at If you have questions before scheduling, I prefer to communicate via email for that too.
All appointment times are approximate. Due to changing traffic conditions, unexpected issues with pianos at previous appointments, etc., please allow me 30 minutes on either side of the appointment time.
 While at your home, I appreciate a quiet environment to help me do my best work on your piano.

Like most self-employed service professionals, I must regrettably charge a fee for late cancellations (less than 24 hours notice) and appointments where the client fails to be there at the agreed time. In all such cases, a fee of $100 must be received before I can schedule a new appointment.