Tuning - to a High Standard
Piano Tuning Appointments:
Stephen Venn: 07803 595915
Kate Burrows: 07811 502735
A full member of the Pianoforte Tuners Association, Stephen Venn is an experienced Concert Tuner/Technician. 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 27 years, as well as contract tunings for the major London piano companies when hiring pianos to this area.
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. This is normally around £120 - £140. 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 £48 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, Chichester, Fareham, Gosport, Titchfield, Warsash, Eastleigh, Winchester 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, more recently 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.
Personally, I am quite happy to tune with or without a "digital assistant" - it depends very much on the situation. But the overall aim is always to give the best result, looking after the piano in the best way possible.