Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor & Surrounding Area, Northern Colorado
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Northern Colorado Piano Service
I am a piano tuner and technician serving the Northern Colorado area. My primary service area is Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.
You will enjoy your piano more when it is kept in tune!
All acoustic pianos go out of tune, from the smallest spinet to the largest grand. This is often caused by seasonal changes in humidity and other environmental changes interacting with the wood, felt, and steel materials in the piano. How quickly depends on the quality and condition of a piano, where it is located, and how much it is played.
Piano manufacturers recommend tuning a minimum of two and up to four times per year. Frequent tuning has many benefits: it keeps the piano close to the pitch it was designed for, and therefore sounding as intended; it stabilizes the piano so it does not need to be tuned as far each time; it causes the piano to undergo less stress during tuning; and of course, it sounds wonderful, and gives greater potential for making beautiful music.
Caring For Your Piano
By having me see a piano on a regular basis, you will have more accurate information about when certain work is appropriate or needed, and avoid situations that may result in unnecessary expense. I can track when a piano was last tuned, and offer gentle reminders of when it is time, based on the piano's situation and use.
After discussing service needs it may be wise to consider having further work beyond basic tuning such as action regulation and reconditioning. Of course, I can take care of repairs and maintenance work that arise during the life of a piano. I love to tune, and concentrate my studies on those areas affecting touch and tone, including action regulation and voicing. For pianos requiring substantial rework, I may refer you to local rebuilders whose focus on restoration would be appropriate for the situation.
My goal is to help care for your piano, maximizing enjoyment of and preserving your investment of money, time, and energy in it. To that end I work to improve my knowledge and skills in order to provide excellent service. I am a Registered Piano Technician member of the Piano Technicians Guild, having passed their examinations on tuning, repair, and regulation. I am a certified installer of the Dampp-Chaser humidity control system, and recommend it for maintaining piano longevity and maximizing tuning stability. My mentors in the art and craft of the piano are the late Richard Frederick of Laporte, Colorado and Don Rose of Regina, Saskatchewan.
What to Expect
Individual situations will vary, but at minimum during a tuning appointment I will perform the following:
- Assess the condition of the piano
- Ask about any concerns with the instrument's condition or operation
- Recommend any adjustments or repairs that may be required before tuning
- Tune each of the strings, to the proper pitch standard
- Recommend possible future work based on its condition
Tuning takes about an hour and a half, more or less depending on how out of tune the piano is, its general condition, and the environment where it is located.
Tuning is best performed when the room is quiet where the piano is located, with no audible distractions such as music, TV, ceiling fans, or washing machines.
Rates and Other Details
The cost of a basic tuning is $120 and includes small to moderate pitch corrections. Larger pitch correction may incur an additional $40 fee, and is sometimes required when a piano has not been tuned recently, or has not been well maintained.
Rates for other work such as regulation, repair, voicing, and inspections are on an hourly basis in half-hour increments, for which I can provide estimates.
I accept payment at the time of the appointment, or invoice as is convenient for you or your organization. I accept the major credit or debit cards, using the Square card reader I bring with me (mobile phone signal at your location required). A personal check is also fine.
I am able to accept online payments via the major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal. At the time of service, let me know your email address if I don't already have it, and I will send you an invoice that has the appropriate links for making payment online.
Thanks for visiting my web page. I look forward to helping care for your piano. Afterwards, write a review on my Google Local Business page!