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How well a piano takes a transport and associated climate changes depends above all on quality and age or preservation of the instrument. Finding out which pitch makes sense for your instrument is essential for the right tuning. Very varied tuning levels were found even far into the 20th century. The reason was that the instrument makers made different designs and specifications - but also because the quality of the tuning forks for a1 could still deviate by more than 10 hertz. In 1834, a1 with 440 beats per second was uniformly suggested on the meeting of German naturalists and physicians. In 1858, the diapason normal, - the "concert pitch a1" - was established by the Paris Academy at 435 hertz. The pitch (440 hertz = concert pitch a1) was established as late as 1939 during an international tuning tone conference. The "Paris tuning" of 409 hertz was often used as a reference about 1900, it may be found, for example, on the pin block of early Blüthner instruments. Pianos and grand pianos from about 1910 were mostly tuned to 410-435 Hz - these should not be tuned higher today, because some of them were not designed for 440 hertz. New pianos are tuned rather higher, to 442-444 Hz, esp. if the instrument is used to accompany voice and chorus. Provided that the transport was professionally carried out (instrument protected in transport covers, no significant climate variations, no edging or heavy setting down etc.), allow at least two weeks for the instrument to acclimatize. Then it may be more firmly regulated and the tuning will be more stable. If the ambient conditions of old and new site are much different, expect several tuning sessions within the first year.

A piano tuning will cost between 60 and 140 euros in Germany, we found, that also depends on whether the tuner tunes by hearing or tuning device. We appreciate the tuning by hearing, because we found that the result will be significantly better. Ask acquaintances and friends for a skilled tuner. According to skill and hearing, you may have your own expectations of piano tuning (e. g., well-tempered versus uniform tuning etc.). Not all piano tuners are able to realize these subtle differences. Many piano tuners are listed on the website of the Federation of German Piano-makers at http://www.bdk-piano.de - but you will also find numerous others in your area.

If you have acquired an older piano, it is recommended to choose a piano tuner who is familiar with older instruments and has a certain affinity to these. Modern piano houses are sometimes less enthusiastic about such ancient instruments - that attitude may reflect in higher tuning costs or restoration offers.

A piano should be tuned at least once per year. It may be required more often if either the piano's structure prevents stable tuning or the climatic conditions in the room are unfavorable. Then maybe a replacement of the tuning pins or other repairs will be recommendable. Basically, your hearing decides - you (or your neighbors) will learn to hear when tuning is necessary.

A lesser regulation of a piano will be included by a piano tuner immediately and bills this - if at all – per hour. Regulation means that touch, damping power etc. are adjusted so that you will take pleasure in the piano and the potential of the instrument is exploited. A further overhaul of the piano makes sense only if you are not content with the sound any more - or if a lesser regulation does not produce satisfactory results. A piano has approx. 6000 individual parts and most of them are in the action, so that many wearing parts have to be adjusted or exchanged, according to demand and quality/preservation. You will see - it is worth to have this regulation or overhaul made, because touch and sound and thus joy in playing increase very clearly.