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How much will it cost to tune my piano?
When Melrick makes a tuning call visit, he may need to tune your piano 1 time, 2 times or 3 times depending upon the condition of the piano. Most of the times ALL tunings can be done in ONE visit. Your tuning cost may be $75.00, or $100.00, or $125.00 for that day's tuning service. Here's how it breaks down for payments by either cash or check:
#1 - Basic Tuning
For the Regularly Maintained piano tuned every 6 to 12 months
Approximately: 1hr 15min to 1hr 30min = $75.00*
SET APPOINTMENT FOR A BASIC TUNING
#2 - Typical Tuning - 1 Pre-Tune & 1 Fine Tuning
(A quick rough tuning followed by a fine tuning) applies to the Moderately Maintained Piano. For pianos that have been recently moved or those not tuned in the past 1-2 years.
Approximately: 1hr 45min to 2 hr = $100.00*
SET APPOINTMENT FOR A TYPICAL TUNING
#3 - Tuning Reset - 2 Pre-Tunes & 1 Fine Tuning
(2 quick rough tunings followed by 1 fine tuning) applies to the Ignored/Older Piano - pianos that have been completely ignored for a long, long time (typically 2 years or more) and are flat by a half-step or more. This level of service may apply to older short spinet models as well.
PLEASE NOTE: IF the health of the piano will allow it to be raised to A440, the piano will be tuned 3 times in one visit.
Approximately: 2hr 30min to 3hr = $125.00*
SET APPOINTMENT FOR A TUNING RESET
#4 - "Dead" Piano
#4 - "Dead" Pianos are pianos with serious, catastrophic defects which will not permit the piano to be tuned, or conditions which render the piano unethical to encourage the customer to put additional money into. Keep in mind that pianos are a lot like cars. They have a limited life span, and then they should be replaced. If you think your piano is at the end of it, feel free to email or text me as a picture can say 1000 words and I can sometimes point you to additional things to look at before making an appointment.
In the case of a "Dead" Piano upon my arrival I will certainly not charge you for a tuning but simply $25.00 to cover travel and time.
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You should expect to tune your piano every 6 months for regular use
or annually for occasional use.
What is not included in the Tuning Service fees? -
The Tuning Fee only applies to the tuning process and product. Repairs for sticky keys, broken strings, vacuuming, cleaning, applying lubrication to sluggish action parts etc. will be assessed separately, and are costs beyond the tuning service. As a general rule of thumb, for repairs that can be done in 10 minutes or less during a tuning visit, no additional charges will be applied to the invoice. Repairs are billed at the rate of $40.00 per hour.
As piano owners, there are two risks that are always present because metal either stretches or it breaks.
Risk #1 - String Breakage - With instruments that are not tuned regularly or they have acquired rust, there is the ever-present risk of string breakage. All products have a life cycle. Whether clarinet reeds, trumpet valves, drum sticks, or music wire, man-made objects eventually go into a state of decay. Piano wire basically has an 8-year life span. After that, metal fatigue is a reality. All precautions will be taken to avoid breakage (i.e. the application of lubrication at friction points). The good news for broken strings is that most of those situations can be repaired.
Risk #2 - Plate Breakage - The second concern that all piano owners face is plate breakage. Since the late 1800s pianos have been manufactured with cast iron plates that provide the piano with sufficient structure to resist the force of highly tensioned piano wire. In spite of refined quality controls, occasionally a plate is installed that either has an inappropriate mix of ore or it was not properly cooled once it was poured into the mold. Hence, weak points were inadvertently created during the manufacturing process. Though a rare occurrence plate breakage can happen. Unfortunately, the bad news for plate breakage is that the piano is done if/when the plate breaks.
Piano Technicians DO NOT break strings and plates. Strings and plates just simply break.