Tuning – Regulation – Repair


Your piano is an investment to your future

It can bring you and your family a lifetime of music, adding immeasurable joy and beauty to your home. Since it is also such a large investment, it should be maintained with the utmost care. Regular servicing by a qualified Seale Keyworks technician will preserve your instrument and help you avoid costly repairs in the future. Your piano, like those in homes and on stages throughout the world, is an instrument of extraordinary promise. Complete piano service should include periodic regulation and voicing in addition to tuning. Your Seale Keyworks technician can consult with you to recommend a maintenance schedule customized for your instrument.

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Our service calls & tunings are $110

- Basic Tuning

- Pitch Raise Tuning

- Voicing

Life Saver Systems

- Minor Regulation

- Meet our Tuners


Basic Tuning

Piano tuning is the aligning of the musical pitch of the various notes of the piano, by adjusting the tension of the piano’s strings, in order to achieve a desired musical effect. By always maintaining your piano at standard pitch, you create long-term tuning stability because the strings and structure stay in equilibrium. You also ensure proper ear training because you always hear your music in the correct key.

What some manufacturers recommend:

“Unfortunately, no matter how expertly a piano is tuned, atmospheric variations and the nature of the piano’s construction constantly conspire to bring it off pitch. Your Steinway has been designed and built so that in normal use and under normal conditions it should need only periodic tuning. We recommend that your technician be called at least three or four times a year. You, however, are the final judge and should have the piano tuned as often as you think necessary. To put the matter of tuning into perspective, remember that a concert piano is tuned before every performance, and a piano in a professional recording studio, where it is in constant use, is tuned three or four times each week as a matter of course. Tuning is an art practiced by skilled professionals and under no circumstances should anyone other than a professional be allowed to tune your Steinway piano.”
– Steinway & Sons Piano Company

“Professional service is the key. In the first year, the National Piano Manufacturers Association recommends that you have your piano tuned four times. This is a period of environmental adjustment for a new instrument, and proper attention is important. After the first year, the piano should be tuned at least twice each year, depending upon the frequency of use and atmospheric conditions.”
- Baldwin Piano Company

“New pianos should be tuned a minimum of four times the first year to compensate for the normal settling that takes place. Subsequently, as a matter of standard maintenance, a piano should be tuned at least twice a year. Of course, some musicians will choose to have their own piano tuned more often to satisfy their own personal musical requirements.”
– Yamaha Piano Company

We can also couple tuning appointments with other maintenance services:

  • Fix Sticking Keys
  • Action Repair
  • Pedal Repair
  • String & Key Replacement
  • Piano Cleaning
  • Player Piano System Integration
  • Integration of your Player Piano into Home Audio Systems
  • Humidity Control System Installation
  • Cabinet Touch-up Services

 


Pitch Raise Tuning

This service is required when the piano has not been tuned in quite some time, or if the instrument was subjected to extreme fluctuations in ambient temperature and/or humidity. If the tension in the piano has changed in the instrument enough so that the overall pitch is more than a quarter-tone off from concert pitch, it needs to be corrected gradually as to equalize the pianos tension properly. If not done correctly the piano will not hold its tune and could possibly suffer damage. It cannot be determined if a pitch correction procedure is required until time of service.

 


Voicing

As a piano is played, the hammer felt that strikes the strings wears down and compacts. This can cause the tone of a piano to be too “bright” or too “dull”. Our technician can treat the hammers in various ways: by aligning, shaping, careful needling, or hardening the hammers in order to get the tone you are looking for. Your piano may benefit from voicing if:

  • Your piano sounds different than when you purchased it
  • You don’t like the sound even after it has been tuned
  • Tone varies radically from note to note
  • You cannot achieve a range of tone (mellow to bright) at different volumes
  • The piano has lost its ability to play softly

 



Life Saver Systems

We install and service Piano Life Saver systems, which is a humidity control system for your piano. This system may offer a superior tuning and also keeps the piano in tune longer. It can also prevent the piano from damage caused by climate and environmental factors. These systems also:

  • Minimize the expansion and contraction of action parts
  • Prevent rust
  • Minimize felt deterioration
  • Minimize glue failure
  • And more!

To find out if a Life Saver system might be right for you, call and ask to talk to one of our skilled technicians.

 

 

Minor Regulation 

Regulation is the adjustment of the mechanical aspects of a piano to compensate for the effects of wear, the compacting and settling of cloth, felt, and buckskin, as well as dimensional changes in wood and wool parts due to changes in humidity. While tuning corrects the pitch of your piano, it is only one component of a complete maintenance program. Regulation attends to the touch and uniform responsiveness of your action, all vital to making each performance pleasurable. All upright and grand pianos need periodic regulation to perform their best. Frequency of regulation is dependent upon amount of use, exposure to climatic changes, and the instrument’s quality, age and condition. New pianos may require regulation in their first year because settling and compacting of parts sometimes necessitates adjustment. A piano kept in relatively consistent conditions which are neither too wet nor dry, optimally at a temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 42 percent relative humidity, will require less adjustment.

Meet our Tuners

Damon Seale

 

Damon Seale began a piano tuning and repair service in 1985 after a 15-year tenure as a concert and recording pianist. Since then, Seale Keyworks, Inc. has grown to become the premier piano, organ and electronic keyboard service in Nashville. In that time, Damon has specialized in the installation and service of all the major player piano systems including PianoDisc, QRS, and Piano Force. As a graduate of Yamaha’s Little Red Schoolhouse, Damon is certified in action regulation and service of the Yamaha Disklavier Player System.

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Seale

Austin Seale grew up in the piano business. By 2003, Austin became warehouse manager at Seale Keyworks, and by 2006, he began his apprenticeship under Larry Mitchell, learning the art of piano action repair, regulation and restringing. A tuner technician in his own right, Austin now maintains many of our own commercial and residential accounts.

 

 

 

 

 

Dale Whitehead

 

Dale Whitehead has been a piano technician since 1979. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Piano Technology and apprenticed under Frederick G. Lynn for 10 years. During that time, he crafted his skills as a concert & shop technician and specialized in action remanufacture at Richmond piano rebuilders. He was an independent technician for 16 years, and he joined Seale Keyworks, Inc. in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Mitchell is the head technician at Seale Keyworks, bringing with him over 35 years of technical expertise. Larry has served as a production manager for larger piano manufacturers such as Samik, Hallet & Davis, and Knabe as well as being the chapter President of the Piano Technician’s Guild. Larry works as service technician for our recording studio accounts as well as our piano retailers. He also oversees and helps develop our shop policies and procedures.

 

 

 

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