Thursday, 12 November 2015

Where & How to Find Qualified Piano Tuners

Good piano tuners are worth their weight in gold. A perfectly tuned piano that has been expertly voiced is something to be savoured. There is a great deal of art and science that goes into tuning a piano. These methods and techniques take years to master, and require a great deal of discipline and education. How do you find one of these experts, and how do you know if they're qualified? In north america, any credible piano tuner will have joined the Registered Piano Technicians Guild RPT. The RPT does not offer complete schooling for piano technicians, but it does provide many opportunities to develop new skills through workshops and classes. Most piano tuners will complete a postsecondary education in Piano Technology and/or complete an apprenticeship with an industry expert for before taking the exams to become a registered piano technician. A Registered Piano Technician (RPT) has passed a series of rigorous examinations on the maintenance, repair, and tuning of pianos.  Only RPTs are authorized by The Piano Technicians Guild to display the logo containing the words “Registered Piano Technician." Via RPT There are many ways to find a good piano technician. Local piano dealerships are a great resource seeing as they are responsible for having hundreds of pianos tuned every year. A large piano dealership with have a number of piano technicians that they hire to tune the pianos in their showroom, and typically once the piano has moved into the customer's home. Asking other piano owners in your area who they use is not a bad idea, but keep in mind that you are putting your piano's health and safety into their trust in their tuner. Local orchestras or concert venues are a good resource in getting recommendations for a piano tuner. Depending on who is performing, and how often the piano is used, it is often tuned before every performance for optimum sound quality. Now with all of these suggestions from piano experts, orchestras, friends, and concert halls, it is easy to find out if these piano tuners are indeed registered piano technicians. Simply fill in your ZIP or Postal code on this form HERE. You will be provided with a list of all registered piano technicians in your area. You can even request a specialization if you have a specific problem with your piano, or a specialty repair. Visit the websites of the piano tuners you are interested in using. The sites may give you information on how long an individual tuner has been in business and his credentials. If the tuner does not have a website, call and ask these questions. Via There is nothing wrong with trying out a few different piano tuners over the years to see who's tuning style you like best. Be sure to keep your own record of all work being done on the piano for other piano technicians to reference, and to help if you choose to sell the piano.

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