I focus on long term care and maintenance of pianos. This means I do more than just tune. Pianos that haven't been serviced in several years sometimes require a full day service which includes a pitch raise, tuning, cleaning, regulation, minor repairs, and minimal voicing. Pianos that are serviced regularly (1-4 times per year) only receive a full day service as needed.
Scheduling and Pricing
It is wise to plan ahead and schedule your appointment around 6 months in advance. If you need a last minute tuning I will try to accommodate you as best as possible or connect you with another tuner in your area. Existing customers have priority.
Fees for piano work depend on the needs of the piano and how far I must to travel. The cost of a 3-6 month tuning ranges from $70 (close to home) to $270 (long distance), and the cost of a full day service ranges from $200 (close to home) to $400 (long distance).
If waiting 6 months isn't possible for you, you can try other tuners in our area. I've listed some below alphabetically along with their home county; some will travel to other counties. I'll update this list as I find more information. If I've missed someone you'd like me to include, please email or call me.
Mercer County: David Allen (540)381-6406 (from VA but comes to WV); John Corbett (304)952-4472; Carolyn MacNeal (540)599-8770 (from VA but comes to WV); Jeff Shrewsbury (304)716-6095
Raleigh County: Tim Edwards (740)593-3998; Nate Shelton (304)575-6636
Greenbrier County: David Fisher (540)892-9685 (from VA but comes to northern Greenbrier county every winter from January through March)
The quality of any piano tuning is inversely proportional to the level of noise in the area during the tuning!
DO NOT let anyone “bang” on the keys. This can put the piano instantly out of tune, as well as cause damage to the action.
A piano is affected by temperature and humidity. Changes in temperature can put a piano out of tune more quickly, but this does not usually cause damage. Changes in humidity can not only put a piano out of tune quickly, but most likely WILL cause damage. The problem with this type of damage is that it is slow and subtle, and doesn’t always show until it’s too late. A piano needs to be kept between 35% and 50% humidity, with 42% being ideal. This can be done by treating the room with a humidistat controlled humidifier and/or dehumidifier, or with a climate control system developed specifically for pianos. You can learn more about these systems here.