At Cookes Pianos, we've been tuning and maintaining pianos for over 130 years, and we employ highly skilled tuners, technicians and restorers.
We tune pianos all around the Norwich area, so whether you’re a teacher, concert hall, church, or have a family heirloom that needs checking over for a beginner, get in touch with us, and we can book an appointment for you.
Piano Tuning - £69
Please drop us an email or call us on 01603 625970
Does my piano need to be tuned?
If it’s an acoustic upright or grand piano, and you’ve not had it tuned in the last year, then the answer is yes! Pianos should be tuned at least once a year regardless of how often they are played.
All pianos are designed to be held at A-440, the international pitch standard. This allows the pianist to play along with other musicians on other instruments at this same concert pitch.
The wood of the case, soundboard and pin block in a piano will contract and expand with the seasons as the temperature and humidity changes. This has a large effect on the overall tuning of a piano, with a tendency to sharpen the pitch with high humidity, and flatten the pitch with low humidity.
If a piano is severely out of tune, it may need a pitch raise. This is when a piano first needs to be more roughly tuned so that the pitch is close to correct before a fine tune can be done. As the tension on a piano frame can be several tonnes, the change in tension when significantly raising the pitch will affect the tuning of all the other strings.
Piano Regulation – breathe new life in to your old piano!
Does your piano not dampen some of the notes as it should? Do some keys play more loudly than others? Perhaps you’re being plagued by unwanted rattles and noises? Your piano might need regulating!
Proper regulation can breathe new life into an old piano. Regulation is the adjustment of the mechanical components of a piano. With age and use, the materials in a piano, as with any mechanical system, wear down slightly. These slight changes can have a dramatic effect of the feel and sound of a piano.
Pianos contain over 9000 parts, and each can be adjusted to make sure the piano plays as well as it can. Materials like felt and leather can be replaced or buffed so the piano plays as new. In the same way as a worn guitar can be set up and adjusted to play smoothly, a piano can be regulated.
Piano Voicing – Refresh the tone of your piano
Voicing is the adjustment of the tonal qualities of a piano. If you’re finding that some notes sound bright, and others dull, or that you can’t play softly as you once could on the piano, it needs voicing. The hammers that strike the strings in a piano lose their softness as they compress with use. This can result in a harsh, bright tone, which is undesirable to the audience and player. The hammers can be softened by trained technicians and the shape restored.
Keeping your piano clean
The most common finish on an acoustic piano is gloss black, but unfortunately this finish is a magnet for dust and fingerprints. The best thing to do first is to use a light feather duster to remove surface dust, so it doesn’t scratch the finish. A soft cotton or microfiber cloth can then be used to get rid of fingerprints.
You should also avoid placing the piano in direct sunlight, as this can age and fade the finish of the piano frighteningly quickly.
If you have more severe marks on your piano, such as burns or rings from glasses/cups, then you may want to consider having it professionally cleaned or refinished. Even large chips can be filled and any sign of damage removed.