Tuning - to a High Standard
A full member of the Pianoforte Tuners Association, Stephen Venn is an experienced Concert Tuner/Technician. He has carried out the piano tuning and maintenance for the main concert venue in Portsmouth for the past 25 years, as well as contract tunings for the major London piano companies when hiring pianos to this area.
Our standard tuning fee is currently £70. For pianos that are extremely out of tune or require pitch raising, there may be an extra charge of £20-£30. A quote will be given before the work is undertaken. Discounts are available for regular and frequent tunings. There are special rates for sites with more than one piano (e.g Schools, Colleges) - normally £50 for each additional piano after the first.
Areas normally covered include Denmead, Waterlooville, Portsmouth, Southsea, Petersfield, Midhurst, 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 good understanding of the physics of sound and acoustics but also be able to bring out the best, most musical qualities from each instrument. 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.