Tuning - to a High Standard
Piano Tuning Appointments:
Stephen Venn: 07803 595915, Kate Burrows: 07811 502735
Stephen Venn, MPTA
An experienced Concert Tuner/Technician and member of the Pianoforte Tuners Association, Stephen Venn trained during the early 1990s with a local piano shop/workshop as well as various other tuners, frequently attending training events and seminars run by the Association.
In addition to the hundreds of domestic and educational clients, he has carried out the piano tuning and maintenance for the main concert venue in Portsmouth for over 28 years. Now semi-retired he still carries out tuning for existing clients, normally on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Kate Burrows BA(hons), dipABRSM, LRSM
Kate is an accomplished musician and pianist who came to piano tuning as a result of her study of the piano. Kate trained to tune, regulate and repair pianos with Stephen Venn at his shop and workshop in Southsea, before developing experience of tuning and servicing pianos in people’s homes. She has now established a small workshop close to home in Gosport.
In addition to hundreds of domestic tunings, Kate has tuned pianos for the University of Portsmouth, the Royal Marines School of Music and Churchers College in Petersfield. She strives to do the best for each and every piano and brings the insight of a practising pianist to her tuning, in addition to the technical knowledge that comes with her training and experience.
Our charge for a standard tuning is currently £75, though if extra work is required such as pitch-raising or small repairs it can be up to £100. Discounts may be available for regular and frequent tunings.
We can also provide an enhanced service which can include cleaning out, regulation and/or voicing as required. Please enquire if you feel your piano may benefit from this.
There are special rates for sites with more than one piano (e.g Schools, Colleges) - normally £50 for each additional piano after the first.
Time taken for tuning is normally 1 - 1.5 hours, or with additional service 2.5 - 3 hours.
Areas normally covered include Denmead, Waterlooville, Portsmouth, Southsea, Petersfield, Havant, Fareham, Gosport, Titchfield, Warsash, and their surrounding areas. For areas further afield please enquire. Please note there may be an additional travelling charge.
Science, Craft or Art?
Piano tuning is often described as both a science and an art. A good piano tuner will have a thorough understanding of the physics of sound and acoustics but also be able to bring out the best, most musical qualities from each instrument. We believe craftsmanship is also a vital ingredient. As any tuner will agree, the technique for turning and setting the wrest-pins to ensure that the piano stays in tune is just as challenging as the hearing element of the job.
What about Electronic Tuning Devices?
There was a time when the only people who used digital tuning aids in piano tuning were those unable to do the job in the traditional, aural way – but the technology was limited and unable to produce as good a tuning as a competent aural tuner. However, with developments in digital technology, there is now some very useful software available that, in the hands of a good tuner, can provide valuable additional tools for producing the best possible result. Our aim is always to look after our clients' pianos in the best way possible.