We have been tuning and maintaining Pianos for over 165 years, so it's fair to say we know our stuff!
Whether you’re a teacher, concert hall, church, or have a family heirloom that needs checking over for a beginner, our friendly, experienced professional technicians are on hand to help service and tune your piano and help you better understand the inner workings of your beloved instruments.
Why do I need my piano tuned?
Getting your piano tuned is essential to keep it in top condition – think of it as an instrument MOT! With more than 12,000 parts and predominantly made from wood and felt (as well as metal strings), changes in temperature and humidity inevitably affect the materials in the instrument. These changes can often be subtle and sometimes almost imperceptible to the person playing it – but they will gradually shift the piano out of tune.
The tuning process can uncover a number of issues, including keys that stick or don’t return correctly, hammers that don’t strike the strings properly and many other small but important issues. Millers Music’s piano technicians’ standard recommendation is that a piano is tuned every six months, at least for the first four years in a new location, although if an instrument is used more heavily tuning could be required more frequently.
Although the latest technology is now used, every piano tuner brings their own experience and skill to the process, sometimes applying slightly different techniques to particular types of piano.
Chris, has been tuning pianos for Millers Music for many years and completed his Certificate of Musical Instrument Technology (CMIT) qualification in June 2017 after finishing a full-time, three-year course at the Lincoln College(’s) Newark Campus.
Senior piano technician Dave (Middle) has been tuning pianos since he left school, and started his apprenticeship aged 16 in 1971 with Ken Stevens Music and Instruments (acquired by Millers in 1980). Over his career, he has tuned thousands of pianos – including one in which a hoard of gold coins was subsequently discovered...