|OUR SERVICE PRICES
Updated January 2019
Note: Before having your piano tuned, we highly recommend having a Dampp-Chaser humidity control system installed 3-5 weeks prior. This will insure that you get the most mileage out of the tuning. Without humidity control, tuning can go out more quickly than you might think! To know more read this blog post on humidity and tuning stability. Cost of basic systems is listed further down the page.
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Mileage/Trip fee: For pianos within a 15 mile radius of our business location (2302 State Ave NE, Olympia) there is no trip fee. Outside that range, the fee range is $1.25 – $1.65 per mile for the trip out, depending on overall distance. Trip fee can be shared by clients who schedule in the same area on the same day. Contact our office for more information.
2-Hour “Catch up” Service: $275 We recommend this service for most pianos that are very out of tune and/or have not received any other maintenance besides tuning for several years. The service will vary depending on the needs of the piano and the client. Even if the tuning is close, this appointment is great for pianos that have not had regulating and/or voicing maintained OR if the piano gets heavy use. May include minor repairs if time allows.
Basic Maintenance Service: $200 This appointment is for a piano that is moderately out of tune and is operating at close to its potential. In addition to fine tuning, a basic service often includes some combination of cleaning, voicing, and regulating. The goal is to keep your piano’s touch and tone from deteriorating from age, use, and humidity changes.
Economy service: $165 Don’t need a concert quality tuning? If you want a basic no-frills service and want to spend less, this can be a good option. This one-hour appointment will get your piano sounding better on a budget.
Estimate/Pre-purchase Check: $145 Having a piano inspected by a technician prior to purchasing is wise. Often the inspection allows the buyer to negotiate a better price, which can more than cover the cost of the pre-purchase check. This is also a good option if you are wondering if your piano is worth fixing and want to know what it would take to bring out its potential. Note: Although we can give you a “ball park” idea of what a piano is worth, this is not a formal appraisal.
Appraisal: $275 An official appraisal includes a detailed inspection along with a written statment of value that is emailed to the client after the inspection. This is usually only done on high-value pianos such as Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Bösendorfer, etc. Click HERE to see an excellent article on this subject.
The “All Day Service”: $850 Note: before scheduling an all day service the technician needs to see the piano. This can be done by scheduling a regular tuning or a pre-purchase check. This is a great way to make a major improvement in your piano’s performance. This is typically a 9am-5pm appointment that allows us to take your piano to a new level of performance! Major voicing and regulating issues can be taken care of in addition to many types of repairs. If your piano is more than 20 years old and has not been well maintained, we highly recommend an all-day service.
Humidity Control System Installation: We highly recommend humidity control for pianos. We pride ourselves on our concert level tunings, but without humidity control, that fine work can be surprisingly temporary. Basic systems are less than the cost of 2 tunings and can dramatically improve your pianos ability to maintain a tuning.
IMPORTANT: BEFORE YOUR TECHNICIAN ARRIVES:
Don’t change the temperature of the room.
The piano’s internal cast-iron frame is very heavy and can take hours to adjust to sudden room temperature changes. For best tuning stability the iron frame should be the same temperature as the room.
Pianos don’t like to be warm.
Keeping the room cooler during the winter months will keep the wood structure from drying as much. This keeps the tuning from going as flat during the winter months. The warmer you keep the room, the flatter the piano will go in the winter (unless you are controlling the humidity).
Make sure the piano is away from direct sunlight and heating vents.
These two factors can make a piano go out of tune very quickly. Make sure to use blinds to block sunlight and vent diverters to blow heated air away from the piano.
Be sure to write down any concerns or problems you are having with the piano.
Many times client’s forget when I am at the appointment. If you are having any sticky keys, repetition or noise problems, squeaky pedals, etc, please make notes before I arrive so I can address these issues. Some problems come and go, and the note may not be sticking during the tuning appointment.
Clear off? Yes! Pull out? Don’t bother.
In most cases it is not necessary to pull the piano out from the wall. However, clearing off music, pictures, and other decorations is much appreciated.
Shhh! Don’t disturb the tuner!
While absolute quiet is not necessary, we do appreciate a generally quiet environment in which to tune.
People passing back and forth in the area can be more troublesome than mild background noise. The air disturbance creates wavers in the sound that make fine tuning extra challenging!