If the piano is at pitch, a fine tuning can be achieved in one pass ($180).
If the overall piano is flat (or sharp), a preliminary pass ($60) is required, one that overshoots (or undershoots) pitch just enough that the piano lands on pitch when done.
Generally, piano wire slowly loses tension over time, causing the piano to go flat: not tuned in 10 years might require 2 passes (a pitch raise and a tuning), not tuned in 30 years, 3.
Repairs or material/part replacement are extra at cost + labor ($120 / HR).
A grand Dampp-Chaser (costing $580 + tax with installation) includes 2 dehumidifier bars, a humidifier with smart heater bar, a watering tube, a warning light panel, a watering can, and a bottle of humidifier additive. The owner must periodically add a cap full of additive in a can of water to the humidifier through the watering tube. One annual technician serviceis important to keep the system clean and to change humidifier pads (which gradually clog with minerals).
An UnderCover ($225 + tax with installation) doubles the grand system’s efficiency by buffering between ambient atmosphere and what the humidifier or dehumidifiers provide under the soundboard.
An upright Dampp-Chaser ($530 + tax with installation) works from inside the case, eliminating the need for a covering. An UnderCover may be added as a back cover, though, if room heater proximity is a problem.
First of all, keep your Dampp-chaserplugged in.If the humidifier goes dry, the Smart Heater Bar will be shut off by the humidistat and warning lights will flash until water is added - but the dehumidifier will still be available as needed.
We keep the system clean, change the humidifier pads, and supply a fresh bottle of additive (normal use goes through one bottle per year). We charge $60 for this service when at the piano to tune and $120 if we need to make a dedicated visit.
*Even if your piano does not require tuning in a given year, a Dampp-chaser service protects your instrument and keeps it in better tune!
Our deep regulation ($5,000) is a major upgrade to most pianos - even new pianos. This process includes adjusting friction, making parts vertical, filing hammers, all regulation steps, balancing the action (weighing off), mating strings and hammers, tuning, and voicing.
Several times a year, I offer training in the Grandwork System of grand regulating, two technicians, one piano. These are professionals adding to their skills in two 40-hour work weeks. I coach them as needed and take responsibility for their work.
If you would like a first-class job for half the price, here is an opportunity.
Grand Action Rebuild
A grand action rebuild replaces or restores all parts and perishables of the action, damper action, trapwork, and pedals. New key coverings, new keys and keyframe, and replacement action rails are extras. We suggest a consultation ($240) to inspect your piano and discuss your wishes for it.
Since this job costs $16,000, we take a deposit and three subsequent payments to pace cash flow and ease the financial exchange.
We only use best quality parts and materials. All parts are custom prepped to have appropriate friction, appropriate geometry, and appropriate weight for best performance and best tone.