Tuning and Tuners

Tuning, Action Regulation & Voicing

Ian offers a piano tuning, action regulation and voicing service. This is the regular maintenance, done in your home, that your piano needs to keep it performing well.

Tuning.

Tuning is  adjusting the tension of each of the 220 or so strings in a piano to make them produce the correct musical sounds.

It is necessary to tune any piano at least once a year and preferably twice, to maintain it at the correct pitch.

Please phone us on 06 8445 312 to make an appointment for me to tune your piano in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North, Taradale, Waipukurau and other places in Hawkes Bay, also Turangi, Omori or Kuratau................

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Action Regulation.

Regulation refers to to mechanical adjustments to the action (mechanism). A piano action is a complex system of levers which require occasional adjustment (regulation) to keep them operating efficiently. A well regulated action is necessary to allow a pianist to play responsively and with finesse. It is particularly important for a student to practise on a well regulated piano to aid the development of good playing technique.

Voicing.

Voicing is the art of developing a good quality, even tone throughout the piano. Some voicing (toning) is often included as part of a tuning visit. A separate session simply concentrating on voicing can work wonders for the sound of your piano but the instrument does need to be in tune and well regulated in order to produce the best results.

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How often should your piano be tuned, regulated & voiced?

For most privately owned pianos, tuning at least once a year plus regulation and voicing every 5 to 10 years is usually sufficient. This regular maintenance will not change a poor quality piano into a good one. It will not replace broken or worn out action parts, fix sticking keys, renew corroded or broken strings or necessarily make a piano that has structural faults hold in tune.

N.Z. Piano Tuners & Technicians Guild

I strongly recommend that you employ the services of a piano tuner with a proven record of skill and dedication to his or her craft.

Members of the New Zealand Piano Tuners & Technicians Guild are such people and can be relied upon to offer high quality and ethical service.

Below is a comprehensive list of Guild members servicing other parts of New Zealand. For piano tuning and service in Hawkes Bay, I'm your man! Phone to make an appointment, 06 8445 312 or send me an email.

Ian Appleton 24A, Kensington Drive,     
Taradale, NAPIER. 4112 email 021 254 8083
A Beattie 93, Stout St.,
GISBORNE. 4010 email 027 4495 583
Alan Bennett 24, Taylor St., 
Ohauiti, TAURANGA. 3112 email 022 398 0046
Owen Bennett 3, Waipuna Grove, Welcome Bay, TAURANGA. 3112 email 027 5914 992
Stephen Bennett (trainee)
66, Jonathon St.,       Brookfield, TAURANGA. 3175 email 029 996 8616
Alan Birchler
67,  John F Kennedy Drive, PALMERSTON NORTH. 4442 email 027 841 7602
Jeff Brown
21, Yeoman Pl., Howick, AUCKLAND. email 021 900 789
Chris Davidson Lower Cameron St., WHANGAREI. email 027 261 5024
Jerome De Bouter
PO Box 22382, CHRISTCHURCH. 8011 email 027 437 6042
Kevin Hanna 254F, Pekanui Rd., RD6, TE AWAMUTU
3876 email 027 4711 972
Graeme Harvey, PO Box 8184, NEW PLYMOUTH. 4342 email 027 4779 434
Phil Hayward 2, McEnroe Grove, Naenae, LOWER HUTT. 5011 email 021 240 3188
Wytze Hoekstra 1025, Ferry Rd., Ferrymead, CHRISTCHURCH. email 021 373 744
Warwick Hoy 84, Carmichael Rd., Bethlehem, TAURANGA. 3110 email 021 747 002
Christopher Jarman 2B, Glenwood Grove, Woodridge, WELLINGTON. 6037 025 533 406
David Jenkin PO Box 34363, Birkenhead, AUCKLAND 0626 email 027 4731 224
Mokeun Lee 77A Lynden Ave., Hillcrest, AUCKLAND. 0627 email 022 658 1268
Marcus Long 2 / 346, Great South Rd., Papakura, AUCKLAND. 2113 email 09 298 5098
Richard Lowe 27, Fawcett Rd., Laingholm, WAITAKERE CITY. 0604 email 021 267 1244
Brad MacClure 17, Pomona Rd. West. RD6 INVERCARGILL. 9876 email 027 458 1296
Andrew Macdonald 409, Broadway, Miramar, WELLINGTON. 6022 email 021 0223 8994
Kirsten Macdonald 409, Broadway Miramar, WELLINGTON. 6002 email 021 171 2592
Don McIntosh 62, Queen Wood Ave., Chartwell, HAMILTON. 3210 email 027 6686 287
Yuji Nakamura PO Box 34363 Birkenhead, AUCKLAND. 0626 email 027 6876 313
Stephen powell 60, Ponsonby Rd., Karori WELLINGTON. 6012 email 027 6355 260
David Salmon 181, Frasers Rd., LEESTON. email 021 968 608
Jeremy Richards 9, Makuri St., RD2, PAHIATUA. email 027 843 1133
Andreas Schaczek RD7, WANGANUI. 4577 email 06 342 7892
Anthony Shaw 1243, Whangaparaoa Rd., Army Bay, AUCKLAND. 0930 email 027 286 8754
Robert Sinton 5, Huxley Rd., Kaiti, GISBORNE. 4010 email 027 2170 323
Kent Smith 45 Preston St., TIMARU. 7910 email 027 4399 413
Nathan Smith (trainee) 254F Pekanui Rd., RD6 TE AWAMUTU. 3876 email 027 519 0044
Sue Stewart 10, Ranfurly Tce., Mt Cook, WELLINGTON. 6021 email 027 2107 536
Jim Strang PO Box 2287, South Dunedin, DUNEDIN. 9044 email 027 4369 159
Veronica Tang 7A, Skinner Rd., Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1060 email 022 0596 115
Gary Xu 1 / 32, Killarney St., Takapuna, AUCKLAND. email 027 276 5866

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