All pianos go out of tune. Expansion and contraction of the soundboard caused by changes in climate and humidity is the biggest culprit. Other reasons could be moving, excessive banging on the keys (those are *hammers* hitting the strings, after all!) or placement too close to a heating vent. Pianos tuned with electronic devices or strobes will often sound "off" compared to a tuning performed by a skilled "ear" tuning. Nick prides himself on the musicality and durability of the 100% aural tunings he performs.


Common problems include sticky keys, broken hammers, strings, sqeaky pedals, broken case parts, ringing strings or cracks in the soundboard/ bridges. Extensive field and shop experience means Nick is capable of diagnosing and performing all manner of repairs. Many common small repairs come free of charge with a tuning.


Over the life of a piano, certain parts wear out, the strings cut grooves in the hammers, felt compacts, keys get wobbly, screws loosen, hammers no longer hit the strings squarely, and the result is loss of tone and control. Regulation restores these parts (replacing them if necessary) so the piano functions on a high level, producing the best possible sound and feel. Regulation gives the performer greater control over the touch, and therefore the sound of the piano.  


Voicing is the adjustment of a piano's tone or quality of sound. Voicing can change its tonal personality from mellow to bright or robust to delicate. The degree of change possible depends upon the piano's design and condition. Voicing also evens out the tone of individual notes or a section of notes, blending any that stick out, or bringing up any that are drowned out. One overlooked aspect of voicing: the tone of a piano is affected by the tuning, regulation, as well as the wear on the hammers. So all of the above will affect the "voice" of the piano, however voicing in the narrowest sense involves careful preparation of the hammers, to even out the tone and give the performer the broadest tonal palate possible.


Piano's get scratched, dinged, and case parts can break. Returning a pianos' finish to a fine luster can be exciting, and can increase the value of your instrument. Dusty soundboards, keys, and internal components all benefit from careful cleaning. Austin Piano Tex excels in piano cleaning services, inside and out.



Currently Austin Piano Tex is equipped to move upright pianos 45" or shorter, within the five-county Austin area. Professional staff and equipment ensure your piano is in good hands. Please email details of the move to, including number of steps involved, to get a quote for this service.

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