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Tuning questions

  • 1.  Tuning questions

    Posted 07-28-2021 00:39
    Hello techies:
    For all of my life as a musician, I have utilized the services of really good piano technicians to tune my piano. I have the highest respect for what you all do.
    Alas, I lost my job during covid, and my savings were wiped out, so because of low funding I decided to tune my full upright by myself. I tune harpsichords. Organs etc so I thought I could do it. 
    Well, it turned out fairly well, but it brought up several questions:
    Based on my tuner - cleartone. The last tech who tuned my piano tuned is about cents high. Is there a reason for this?
    As well, I was wondering if the equal tempered scale is "expanded" or stretched as you move toward either end of the keyboard. What sort of device do you use to accomplish this?
    Thanks again for all you guys do!



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  • 2.  RE: Tuning questions

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 07-28-2021 07:05
    Dr. Hamilton-
    Go to <pianoscope.com> and study the user manual, which will answer many questions for you, then, when ready, download the two week free trial.
    After testing, you may decide to purchase the basic version, which should meet your needs.
    Pianoscope is the most comprehensive piano tuning program available.
    For piano, I especially recommend the Perfect 12th tuning, which I think can be fairly called the most resonantly compatible with the innate inharmonicities of most pianos.
    [By the way, I have no connection with the developer of Pianoscope.]

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    Ed Sutton
    ed440@me.com
    (980) 254-7413
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  • 3.  RE: Tuning questions

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 07-28-2021 08:05
    I'm not sure what you mean by the last tuner left it cents high. A Steinway D I tune almost weekly but at most monthly can vary 20¢ Depending upon humidity changes.

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    Larry Messerly, RPT
    Bringing Harmony to Homes
    www.lacrossepianotuning.com
    ljmesserly@gmail.com
    928-899-7292
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  • 4.  RE: Tuning questions

    Posted 07-28-2021 11:11
    Thank you all for your replies, very informative!

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