Piano tuning is very much an important aspect of the services offered by The Full Octave. John Metcalfe, director and co-owner of the company has been tuning pianos for the last 35 years.
The Full Octave is responsible for tuning many of the concert pianos in the South Lakes including Kendal Town Hall (for the midday concerts), Zefferellis Ambleside, The Yewfield Hotel Hawkshead and the Forum 28 Barrow-in-Furness, to name but a few.
We take our standard of tuning very seriously with each piano usually "gone over" twice in a single tuning session to ensure stability. On pianos that are tuned regularly, this may not be necessary, as the tuning pins need only very slight alteration.
We always, unless strings have broken in the past, pull pianos up to concert pitch (A440). That is the pitch at which they are designed to sound at their best.
- Local, up to 10 miles radius of LA15 8RQ - £45
- 10 miles to 25 miles - £50 to £55
- Over 25 miles - £55 to £65
The fee for pulling a piano up to pitch is normally the same as a standard tuning fee, although there can be extreme cases when the pitch is down over half a tone and where a small extra charge would incur.
Piano tuning is a major facet of our business covering an area from Lancaster to Whitehaven, including the South Lakes and across the Sedburgh, Kirkby Lonsdale and Dentdale. See the map below for the area (yellow), although we may travel a little further to fit you in.
When we tune your piano for the first time we will always talk to you if we feel there are things that may be done to your instrument to enable it to give you more pleasure. Accurate regulation is vitally important to the responsiveness of the action and need not be very expensive to undertake. This is always purely advisory, as we have found that many customers have been unaware of their pianos potential.
Grand piano regulation is very much a specialist aspect of our work. It takes much longer and each needs to be assessed individually.
Be wary of tuners who may suggest that they pull up the piano "a little at a time" in an attempt to get it up to pitch eventually or perhaps they may suggest it would avoid breaking strings; both these statements have little logic attached to them.
Firstly, as many people only have their pianos tuned quite infrequently, every two years or even more, it could easily be over ten years before the piano is up to pitch, if ever.
Secondly, if a string is going to break, it will either break now or ten years down the line when the breaking tension is finally reached.