Q. How much is a tuning?
A. The answer will depend on where you live. You’re probably best to call. Around town the price of a tuning is $200.00.
Q. Would you come out to Hughenden or Mt. Isa (for example) & tune my piano?
A. I certainly would without a problem. But, it’s well worth your while, cost wise, to talk to friends & neighbours to see if they’d also like their pianos tuned.
Q. How often should I have my piano tuned?
A. Once or twice a year in general is recommended by piano tuners. If the piano is used heavily then do it twice each year.
Q. The repair quote is quite expensive. Do you have some sort of payment plan?
A. Yes! Let’s talk about it.
Q. Should I keep a little bowl of water in the bottom of the piano – I know my Grand Mother used to?
A. This isn’t such a bad idea especially in the dryer times. Make sure there’s none in there when the rainy season comes though.
Q. Is it still a good idea to put moth balls in the piano?
A. Yes. It’s probably a good idea first to call your tuner / tech so he can remove the action & keys & vacuum the key bad & clean before hand to check for vermin. I use Borax as well.
Q. Do I need to keep the piano away from an outside wall?
A. Well…..this is maybe one of the most commonly asked questions. I think that if a wall heats up then don’t put your piano against it. If the wall remains cool even with the sun on it then the piano can quite comfortably go against it.
Q. Is there anything I should be doing after you go?
A. Yes!! Play the piano. Also, if you can, have a cover made for the piano. I think that a reasonably thick cover will keep the instrument in better shape than if you didn’t have one.
Q. Can I have some sort of heat source in the piano to stop keys going sticky?
A. It’s best not to have an unregulated heat source in the piano. Heating rods with no dehumidifier & light bulbs cause the piano to dry out & eventually do a lot of damage. The piano is dependent to a degree on moisture. If there are sticky notes you should call the piano tuner!
Q. How do I stop sticky notes in my piano?
A. There are a couple of things that you can do. First thing to try might be the simplest & least expensive. The supermarket sells water absorbers; one brand name is ‘Hippo’. Put 2 of these in the bottom of the piano at the beginning of each wet season & remove them each 3 months. If that doesn’t work then a Dampp Chaser Humidity Control System may be required for the piano.