Sussex Pianos – Fully qualified and insured including public liability and parts in transit. We are DBS with extended checked. We offer discounts for more than one piano tuning at a time. School contracts are welcomed. We offer a text or postal reminder service.
How often should my piano be tuned or serviced?
Twice a year is a good rule of thumb for an average piano in a domestic situation. However there are three main factors affecting the performance of a piano need periodical attention:
Pitch – the pitch will drop if the piano is not tuned on a regular basis. The stability of its environment will very much determine how often it needs to be tuned. Standard pitch in England is A440hz.
Touch – the quality of the instrument, amount of use, and changes in its environment, will determine how often the piano action should be regulated. On average this is required about every 5-10 years.
Voicing (toning) – here again, this is subject to the quality of the piano, and particularly the hammer felt. Unevenness of tone can be remedied by skilful voicing of the hammers to give a good overall balance. On concert and musician’s pianos this is done on a regular basis.
To be a member of the Piano Tuners Association, you need to be assessed by taking exams in repairs and tuning. Once you have passed, you are recognised as being a highly skilled technician. A piano will only perform well if the technician has done their job right.
“John Thompson and Sussex Pianos provide an outstanding service across a wide range of keyboard-related activities. I use his piano-tuning and maintenance expertise both privately and in my professional life managing the keyboard instruments as part of my responsibilities at Glyndebourne Opera House. He is an excellent tuner and always alert to technical difficulties, both in terms of finding solutions and offering advice. I would strongly recommend his service to both domestic and business environments.”
Ian Julier, Senior Librarian, Glyndebourne Productions Ltd
We tune pianos in Eastbourne, Lewes, Brighton, Hastings, Bexhill, St Leonards, Heathfield, Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, Mayfield, Newick, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Hove, Portslade, Seaford, Hailsham, Ringmer, Barcombe, Newhaven, Peacehaven, East Dean, Polegate, Stone Cross, Pevensey, Herstmonceux, Burwash, Catsfield, Battle, Uckfield, Frant and much much more…