Importance of Maine Piano Tuning

Maine piano tuning is a very inconvenient process and time consuming. But, if you want your piano to be in good condition and create a melodious music, it is really a must to tune your piano. A piano is really a complex instrument. If your piano has a part that does not perform or function properly, the whole quality of the instrument suffers.

If tunings are done regularly, it helps to build “strength” in strings. After some regular tunings, you will see that the pitch does not stray easily compared before. However, this will depend on the condition of your piano as well as to the approach of your technician. Ideally, your pianos needs at least two tunings per year.

Regular Maine piano tuning saves your money. If your piano is not tuned for two years or more, it surely need a corrective treatments. The following are common

  • procedures used to fix bad tuning:
  • Pitch-raising
  • Pitch-raising is a process of pre-tuning that arranges the strings to be tuned. If this not done correctly, this technique can bring negative effect to the string vibration and piano’s timbre.
  • Double tuning

Double tuning refers to the process of general or overall tuning. This is done before completing the fine-tuning. Some people think that if they do not play their pianos frequently, they do not need to get them in tuned. However this statement is not true and useful because whether you use the instrument or not, they need a regular Maine piano tuning for this can prevent damage. Constant and correct string is very significant to the health of some delicate parts of the piano- parts which are really expensive. Tunings help those delicate parts to work smoothly and prevent damage. You can tune your piano yourself but it is important to make sure that you do it properly. If you feel piano tuning not easy, you can ask for a help from an expert amine piano tuner.

The cities Steve Cates does piano repair in includes Waterville, Augusta, Bangor and Portland. Please contact him if you have questions.

Service Price
Hourly standard charge $100 first hour/ $80/hr for second hour + parts
Grand hammer shaping, complete regulation and tone building process for pianos that had not had the strings previously 'bedded' $2700
Restringing $1500 to $2000 depending on size
Standard Tuning (and minor work) $120 to $160
Move pianos in and out of state Contact For Price
Major Pitch Adjustment $40
Complete action regulation $240
Full disassembly and cleaning $80
Appraisals $80
Evaluations $80

  • Stephen C. Cates
  • Independent Steinway Factory-Trained Piano Technician
  • Trained by Scott Jones
  • By invitation of Michael Moore
  • iPh 207-944-3096
  • secates@fairpoint.net

We Strive   For High Quality Work!

Steve Cates has been tuning and moving piano's for the last 35 years in the state of Maine. He is a Steinway Factory-Trained Technician. He is well recommended by many past and present clients. He is covered with business insurance.