EXTRAORDINARY PIANO SERVICES
Robert’s Piano Service offers dependable, affordable and extraordinary piano services, all while offering excellent customer service. Piano tuning is work is done in the owner’s home, as are small repairs and regulation work. Robert’s Piano Service has been serving the South Bay, Peninsula, and the East Bay since 2005. Piano tuning San Jose
Robert’s tuning is precise, musical, and is dedicated to spending enough time to tune your piano correctly! All work is guaranteed.
The goal of regulation is to make the piano’s touch and sound consistent across all notes, allow it to comfortably achieve the widest possible range of dynamics, and make the keys responsive to even the most rapid or most subtle motions of the player.
Over time, the strings will wear grooves into the surface of the hammers. The grooves eventually become deep enough, and the head of the hammer flattened enough, that voicing cannot restore the piano’s tone. At this point, a technician can file the hammers, restoring their original ovoid shape and pristine surface at the expense of making them somewhat smaller. This process may repeat several times, until there is not enough felt left on the hammers for another filing, and they must be replaced.
Needling is not easy because the proper needling location and needling depth depend on the particular hammer (manufacturer) and how it was originally voiced. Especially in the treble, hammers are often voiced at the factory using hardeners such as lacquer, etc. Needling mistakes are generally irreversible. Deep needling is usually required on the shoulders just off the strike point. Very careful and shallow needling of the strike point area may be needed. The tone of the piano is extremely sensitive to shallow needling at the strike point, so that you must know exactly what you are doing. When properly needled, the hammer should allow you to control very soft sounds as well as produce loud sounds without harshness. You get the feeling of complete tonal control. You can now open your grand piano fully and play very softly without the soft pedal! You can also produce those loud, rich, authoritative tones.
In the case of a broken bass string, which is a “wound string” (core wire with other wire wrapped around it), if the broken string is still available, it is often best to splice the old string back into place if possible. If a bass string is missing, a new one can be ordered.