Tuning and Tuners
Tuning, Action Regulation & Voicing
Ian offers a piano tuning, action regulation and voicing service for existing customers whose pianos he has maintained within the last two years, or customers who have recently purchased a piano from him. This is the regular maintenance, done in your home, that your piano needs to keep it performing well. Sadly he is not accepting new tuning customers.
Tuning is adjusting the tension of each of the 220 or so strings in a piano to make them produce the correct pitch.
It is necessary to tune any piano at least once a year and preferably twice, to maintain it at the correct pitch.
If you are a customer that I have tuned for before, within the last three years or so, OR, have recently purchased a piano from us, please phone on 06 8445 312 to make an appointment for me to tune your piano in the Napier, Hastings, Havelock North or Taradale areas of Hawkes Bay..............
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 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.
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. As I am semi-retired I am no longer a member of the Guild but I strongly adhere to their standards for workmanship and ethical conduct.
Below is a comprehensive list of Guild members around the country.
I am now only able to tune pianos for customers that I have worked for before within the last three years or so, or, who have recently purchased a piano from us. Please phone for an appointment on 06 8445 312 or send me an email.
|Ian Appleton||24A, Kensington Drive,
||Taradale,||NAPIER.||4112||021 254 8083|
|A Beattie||93, Stout St.,
||GISBORNE.||4010||027 4495 583|
|Alan Bennett||24, Taylor St.,
||Ohauiti,||TAURANGA.||3112||022 398 0046|
|Owen Bennett||3, Waipuna Grove,||Welcome Bay,||TAURANGA.||3112||027 5914 992
||66, Jonathon St.,||Brookfield,||TAURANGA.||3175||029 996 8616|
||67, John F Kennedy Drive,||PALMERSTON NORTH.||4442||027 841 7602|
||21, Yeoman Pl.,||Howick,||AUCKLAND.||021 900 789|
|Chris Davidson||Lower Cameron St.,||WHANGAREI.||027 261 5024|
|Jerome De Bouter
||PO Box 22382,||CHRISTCHURCH.||8011||027 437 6042|
|Kevin Hanna||254F, Pekanui Rd.,||RD6,||TE AWAMUTU
||3876||027 4711 972|
|Graeme Harvey,||PO Box 8184,||NEW PLYMOUTH.||4342||027 4779 434|
|Phil Hayward||2, McEnroe Grove,||Naenae,||LOWER HUTT.||5011||021 240 3188|
|Wytze Hoekstra||1025, Ferry Rd.,||Ferrymead,||CHRISTCHURCH.||021 373 744|
|Warwick Hoy||84, Carmichael Rd.,||Bethlehem,||TAURANGA.||3110||021 747 002|
|Christopher Jarman||2B, Glenwood Grove,||Woodridge,||WELLINGTON.||6037||025 533 406|
|David Jenkin||PO Box 34363,||Birkenhead,||AUCKLAND||0626||027 4731 224|
|Mokeun Lee||77A Lynden Ave.,||Hillcrest,||AUCKLAND.||0627||022 658 1268|
|Marcus Long||2 / 346, Great South Rd.,||Papakura,||AUCKLAND.||2113||09 298 5098|
|Richard Lowe||27, Fawcett Rd.,||Laingholm,||WAITAKERE CITY.||0604||021 267 1244|
|Brad MacClure||17, Pomona Rd. West.||RD6||INVERCARGILL.||9876||027 458 1296|
|Andrew Macdonald||409, Broadway,||Miramar,||WELLINGTON.||6022||021 0223 8994|
|Kirsten Macdonald||409, Broadway||Miramar,||WELLINGTON.||6002||021 171 2592|
|Don McIntosh||62, Queen Wood Ave.,||Chartwell,||HAMILTON.||3210||027 6686 287|
|Yuji Nakamura||PO Box 34363||Birkenhead,||AUCKLAND.||0626||027 6876 313|
|Stephen powell||60, Ponsonby Rd.,||Karori||WELLINGTON.||6012||027 6355 260|
|David Salmon||181, Frasers Rd.,||LEESTON.||021 968 608|
|Jeremy Richards||9, Makuri St.,||RD2,||PAHIATUA.||027 843 1133|
|Andreas Schaczek||RD7,||WANGANUI.||4577||06 342 7892|
|Anthony Shaw||1243, Whangaparaoa Rd.,||Army Bay,||AUCKLAND.||0930||027 286 8754|
|Robert Sinton||5, Huxley Rd.,||Kaiti,||GISBORNE.||4010||027 2170 323|
|Daniel Stabler||PO Box 875||HASTINGS||4156||027 782 4414|
|Kent Smith||45 Preston St.,||TIMARU.||7910||027 4399 413|
|Nathan Smith||254F Pekanui Rd.,||RD6||TE AWAMUTU.||3876||027 519 0044|
|Sue Stewart||10, Ranfurly Tce.,||Mt Cook,||WELLINGTON.||6021||027 2107 536|
|Jim Strang||PO Box 2287,||South Dunedin,||DUNEDIN.||9044||027 4369 159|
|Veronica Tang||7A, Skinner Rd.,||Mt Wellington,||AUCKLAND||1060||022 0596 115|
|Robert Weeks||Lighthouse Rd.,||Bluff Hill||NAPIER||4110||06 835 3444|
|Gary Xu||1 / 32, Killarney St.,||Takapuna,||AUCKLAND.||027 276 5866|