The sound of a freshly tuned piano is certainly high on my list of musical pleasures! When a piano reaches a certain point in it's life, where the tuning stability and tone quality have arrived, and the instrument has sat in the same spot for years, been regularly tuned, and the environment is stable, a fresh tuning is just the thing to send a pianist into ecstay! Today was not a day for me to do anything involving knees or ankles, so I sat myself at my piano and did the tuning. It was pretty accurate at the start, but when I finished, and played a bit, it was so wonderful! Makes me want to tune it every week or two! I won't, but if I were a heavy handed player like Iturbi, I would tune it more often. My arthritic bones don't allow heavy fortisssimo, so the tunings hold well. Now that was some rattling on, but I consider some of the trashy, poorly tuned machines that I played on to make a few bucks, I am really ecstatic when I have a nice instrument, especially if it is my own! Richard
And it has to be tuned by ear to bring out the lush abilities of the instrument.
You just can't get that with a machine tunning it.
Had mine tuned 2 months ago. $125 to bring it up a 1/2 step. I'm a bad boy for letting it get that far out. Shame.... shame... shame. Next time I will tune it myself.
Well, with that much change, it is probably ready for another tuning now. But if you have not had some kind of training it is not a good idea to attempt it yourself. I remember my first tuning, long!!! ago. It was a very good tuning in C Major, but not being set for equal temperament, it was a mess otherwise. However, the opening of the Moonlight Sonata certainly sounded great, had quite a different feel. Noticed you live in Reno. I lived there 1950 & 1951. Many changes since then! ~~~Richard~~~