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#1 Becky

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 01:29

HI Please advise what pitch should the piano be tuned to ? I am confused some mentioned 440 and some 442. Please advise. Thanks
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 04:20

I'd go for 440. 442 is a bit too bright although any instruments that you are accompanying should be able to adjust easily enough if you go for the higher pitch. 442 is used on the continent but not here. Your tuner will know. They don't usually offer a choice. I think that many are simply delighted to find an instrument that is anywhere near concert pitch. laugh.gif
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#3 fsharpminor

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:20

Mine was tuned yesterday to A=440. But my guy is now getting a bit expensive, it seems to go up by more than inflationaly increase. He's £56 now. He says its the recommended MPTA rate.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:32

£56 - oh my! and just when I was thinking about gettting an acoustic - that's tuning twice a year isn't it?

My teacher has two pianos...
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#5 maggiemay

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:41

I paid 48 just before Christmas - that's London area - though I was warned it was likely to be more next time.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:46

I think A440 is standard (I've a metronome which has A440 as the tuning pitch).

My tuner's about £45 (north of London) although he's coming next month so I might be in for a surprise.
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#7 fsharpminor

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 09:44

Thanks for advising your tuners rates.
Actually I have cut it down to about once every 9 months now, rather than let him come every 6 months.
I first used him in 1988 when it as £28.

But £56 for just over an hours work and with not a lot of overheads, seems like quite a decent job to me. Though it would bore me silly to do it all day.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 11:27

Mine cost £47 this month but that is with the teacher discount I have with him.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 13:02

Gosh - I just had my sweet old little ship's piano tuned and it cost me £40...

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 14:00

I paid £58 a couple of weeks a go. Good ol' Surrey rates blink.gif ph34r.gif

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#11 maggiemay

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 15:45

QUOTE(sara smith @ Jan 26 2007, 02:00 PM) View Post

I paid £58 a couple of weeks a go. Good ol' Surrey rates blink.gif ph34r.gif

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I'm sort of in Surrey - didn't pay that much ! pm me if you think of changing
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 16:07

I'm Hampshire/Surrey borders and paid £45 for a tune just before Christmas - which involved him putting my piano up to concert pitch (440). ohmy.gif smile.gif It's been a bit below ever since we've had it, but it's kept in tune pretty well. It's just about due for a tweak again.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 18:04

Sorry to be a tad contoversial, but I think the rates people are paying particularly in the South are very reasonable! My tuner charges £40 and I have to say I keep telling her it's not enough, particularly when she drives for half and hour at least to get to my house, never mind the time spent tuning the piano. I have had a Steinway tuner visit about 4 years ago, and I'm sure I paid around £70 ...so dread to think what their rates might be now..
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#14 pianocrazy

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 20:13

What a variation in charges. My tuner, who I have been using for 10 years charges £35 for a tuning, and travels around the Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool area. He comes very well recommended. Every time I tell him he does not charge enough but will never take more money.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 20:23

Well, I'm very near Maggie - Surrey/London borders - so I agree that £40 is a VERY good rate when I see what other people are paying ohmy.gif .

I wonder if it is my chap's going rate or if he charges me less because we were friends before he was my piano tuner????

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