A Fine Tune

Serving Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs,
& Vail, Colorado     970-319-6089


Piano Tuning and Repair

Based out of Carbondale, Colorado, A Fine Tune is a family owned business.  It is our mission to bring professionalism and accuracy to piano tuning and repair in the Roaring Fork and Vail Valleys.

Regardless of the brand and quality of the piano, they all need proper maintenance and tuning.  Changing temperatures and humidity impact the wooden frame, sound board and bridges.  Even if you could control perfectly the environmental influences on your piano, over time the steel "strings" of the piano stretch and relax.  This "loosening" of the strings gradually lowers the pitch of the piano and creates a disharmonious noise called "beats" as the strings of a unison vibrate at different rates.

The art of tuning a piano traditionally required an ear that is trained to hear these beats and tune them out of each note on the piano.  Additionally the tuner memorizes a series of "intervals", or piano notes, that need to be brought into harmony with each other by again tuning out the beats.  Finally, the piano tuner has to bring the piano to the proper "pitch" by using a tuning fork to tune middle C.  When middle C has been tuned to the fork, and the temperament is set properly, A will vibrate at 440 cycles per second (440 cps has been set as the international standard).

Much of the guesswork and art has been rendered unnecessary with the invention of electronic devices that can accurately measure the cycles per second of any note struck.  Using an electronic tuning machine (sometimes called a Strobe Tuner) saves time and improves the accuracy of the tuning job performed.

For maximum performance and enjoyment of your piano, we recommend you get it tuned twice a year.  Spring and fall are ideal, as these seasons coincide with the two events that arguably have the greatest impact on your piano - the heat coming on in the home, and then the heat going off (and possibly a cooling system starting up.)

If your piano has not been tuned in some time, it may take a couple or even several tunings before it is brought up to pitch.  The process of bringing your piano up to pitch is called "stretch tuning" and involves stretching the steel piano strings up to pitch (or a little higher with the expectation they will then relax a bit in response to this stretching).  The more stretching needed, the more relaxing or flattening of the pitch will take place.  A follow up tuning is recommended a couple weeks later to "fine tune" your piano and adjust for this relaxing of the piano strings.

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