Welcome to the website for Richard Fairhurst's piano tuning and maintenance service.
Richard is based in Appley Bridge, south Lancashire. Go to the "services available" tab for his working zone.
Some General Tips Your piano should be tuned at least once every year; preferably twice. This is especially the case if it is being used for professional purposes: by this we mean for teaching or performing. The piano action should be regulated at four to five year intervals, particularly if it is being used for teaching purposes. A new piano will probably require at least two tunings in the first year, and possibly three.
Many people assume that having a piano tuner visit and do good job will automatically sort out all of their piano's problems. This is often not the case: regulation and replacing broken or worn parts are separate procedures. The greatest enemies of the piano are the excesses of humidity and dryness. If possible, a piano should be located away from direct sunlight and central heating radiators. Garages and in or near kitchens are not good locations either.
If at all possible, the best plan is to keep your piano in a room which is generally only used for music or teaching purposes, where the heating can be adjusted accordingly without discomfort to the rest of the household. Many people do not have that option and the piano has to be kept in a room used for other purposes such as the sitting room. If this is the case it can be a good idea to attach humidifiers to the radiators always remembering to keep them topped up with water. Keeping potted plants or a bowl of water nearby can also be of help. It is impossible for the layman to be aware of all the pitfalls which can be encountered in the purchase of a second hand piano. Most piano technicians will, for a small fee, be happy to check a piano out.