Aural Piano Tuning

The best piano technicians in the world tune pianos aurally.

You may ask, "Isn't using a mechanical aid more accurate?"

In fact, aural tuning is considered the best method for tuning all pianos. Due to variations in manufacturing & materials. All pianos are slightly different, even the same model from the same manufacturer will be slightly different from piano to piano.

The aural process is quite simple. We listen to to each string and the coincident partials between specific intervals which then tell us where each string needs to be set. This varies from all mechanical aids.

Mechanical Aid (Machine) Tuning

All mechanical tuning aids are set based upon a predetermined mathematical formula based upon several factors. The machine cannot take into account the various differences and flaws from piano to piano, the human ear is required to discern the proper setting of each pitch.

For many people the difference in an "Aural" tuning and a "Machine" tuning is negligible, however to the trained critical ear there is no comparison.

 

Technique

Regardless of which method is used to tune your piano, the technique of manipulating the tuning pins and strings is vital in achieving a stable tuning or a tuning that will sound good for a long period of time.

Tuning pins should be moved in small increments taking care to turn and not bend the pin. The keys should also be played firmly and somewhat loudly to equalize the tension throughout all parts of the string.

Efficient piano technicians are able to quickly determine which direction the tuning pins need to be moved with a minimum of movement and equalize the string tension. Many technicians we hear tuning have to "hunt" for the correct pitch which decreases tuning stability.

We strongly believe, promote, and perform only Aural Tuning using the proper technique, which in our opinion is the only way to tune pianos