Piano Island – Piano Tuning, Repair, and Piano Sales

playing_pianoProfessional Piano Tuning & Repair

Piano tuning is $120 to $250, depending on location and the amount of repair work needed. Please see towns & cities list below.

Our piano tuners are experts in tuning antique instruments and pianos that haven’t been tuned in a long time, old or new.

We are now scheduling piano tuning appointments, but we expect a little delay in getting to some service areas. We have been consumer advocates since 2008 and we are here to answer any piano questions you have.

Connecticut Piano Tuning Towns & Cities

Piano Tuning is $112.83 + Sales tax $7.17  =  $120.00 Total in these locations:

Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethany, Branford, Bridgeport, Cheshire, Cromwell, Derby, Durham, East Haven, Foxon, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Killingworth, Madison, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Northford, Orange, Oxford, Portland, Prospect, Seymour, Shelton, Southington, Stratford, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Wolcott, Woodbridge, and Woodmont.

Piano Tuning is $165.00 to $250.00 for your initial tuning & repair visit in these locations, depending on location and the amount of repair work needed:

Avon, Andover, Ashford. Barkhamsted, Belle Haven, Bethel, Bethlehem, Black Rock, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bozrah, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Brooklyn, Burlington. Canaan, Canterbury, Canton, Chaplin, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Colebrook, Columbia, Cornwall, Cos Cob, Coventry, Danbury, Darien, Deep River, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Lyme, East Windsor, Eastford, Easton, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Fairfield, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Glenbrook, Goshen, Granby, Greenfield Hill, Greens Farms, Greenwich, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Hartford, Hartland, Harwinton, Hebron, Ivoryton, Kensington, Kent, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Litchfield, Long Neck Point, Lyme, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, Middlebury, Monroe, Montville, Morris, Mystic, New Britain, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New London, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, Norfolk, Noroton, North Canaan, North Stonington, North Windham, Norwalk, Norwich. Old Greenwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Plainville, Plymouth, Pomfret, Port Chester, Preston, Putnam. Redding, Ridgefield, Riverside, Riverton, Rocky Hill, Rowayton, Roxbury, Salem, Salisbury, Sandy Hook, Saugatuck Shores, Scotland, Sharon, Sherman, Shippan Point, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, South Windham, Southbury, Southport, Sprague, Stafford, Stamford, Sterling, Stonington, Suffield, Taconic, Tariffville, Thomaston, Thompson, Tokeneke, Tolland, Torrington, Trumbull. Union. Vernon, Voluntown, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Watertown, West Hartford, West Simsbury, Westbrook, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Willington, Wilson Point, Wilton, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Woodbury, and Woodstock, CT.

Tuning and repair prices will be determined by your technician. We always charge a fair and reasonable amount for repairs.

We service New Haven, Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham Counties in Connecticut, as well as many New York locations.

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Our Staff

Debra Mason – Piano Tuning, Repairs, & Inspection/Appraisal

Google Online Reviews:

Frank C.

“Debra Mason is very personable and thoroughly professional. Her wealth of experience and excellent training are evident in her specialty –piano tuning as well as in the general care and overall maintenance of the instrument. I consider her fees to be extremely modest for the reliable and meticulous service she offers, exceeding all expectations!”

Lori F.

“Deb did a wonderful job on my “new” used piano that hadn’t been tuned for years, a tough job. She’s friendly, thorough, and highly competent.”

Dawn R.

“When I taught piano at a music school in Woodbridge several years ago, Deb was the only tuner we employed. She’s a fantastic tuner and a really nice person as well. Very mellow & laid back; a pleasure to work with and always flexible with scheduling. :D”

Yahoo! Local review posted on 03/15/12:

“Debra Mason has tuned my piano throughout a 22 year period and I would never trust my beloved instrument with anyone else. She has an incredible ear and my piano sounds so bright and precise. Her sunny personality makes her a pleasure to do business with. She is in high demand, BUT SO WELL WORTH THE WAIT! Debra carries on a legacy of fine tuning as her father, the late Vernon Urtel, passed his fine ear and talent to her.”

 

Tom Dans – Consultation & Piano Sales

Online Reviews

5-Star Online Review:
Alane A., Bozrah, CT:
“Tom was very professional and personable. He even had recommendations for a piano teacher near me. I would definitely hire him again.”

5-Star Online Review:
Rachael G., Old Saybrook, CT:
“Tom was phenomenal. He is a clear communicator so it is easy to schedule with him. He arrived on time and did thoughtful, detail-oriented work on both repairs and tuning. The piano sounds better than I imagined it ever could!”  More reviews below.

5-Star Google Online Review, Jan. 2, 2019:

Udi P., New Haven, CT

“Tom Dans is an excellent, highly professional and qualified piano tuner. Tom did a wonderful job tuning our baby grand piano: After assessing its condition, taking into consideration the specific characteristics of the manufacturer and model (Sterling pianos), he did a very thorough job, spending a couple of hours bringing it up to great condition. Tom also referred us to an excellent repair technician and explained to us exactly what were the issues which had to be taken care of. The repair included also some work on the pins holding the strings, which unfortunately messed up the tuning which Tom did only a week earlier. The incredible thing was that I called Tom, explained the situation, and he came to us again right away and re-tuned the whole piano, free of charge! If you are looking for a piano tuner in Connecticut, I highly recommend working with Tom Dans.”

New Haven, CT Yelp User Online Review:

Meagan F., New Haven, CT

“Tom from Piano Island Tuning came over to tune my piano, and he is wonderful.  First, the price is great.  Second, Tom was courteous from the moment I contacted him until the moment he left the house.  Third, he’s honest — my piano is old and needed a repair, and rather than tune the piano poorly and charge me for the time, he refused payment for this tuning and referred me to an associate of his who does repairs.  This was a smart move, since now I will call him for every tuning for as long as I’m in New Haven.”  https://www.yelp.com/biz/piano-island-tuning-hamden-3

5-Star Google Online Review, July 24, 2019:

Erica C., North Haven, CT:

“Tom was simply amazing! We bought a used Wurlitzer piano that hadn’t been played in over eight years. After three hours, Tom brought the piano back to life. It sounds brand new!!! We are so happy! Tom was incredibly knowledgeable and professional. I’d recommend him to everyone!! Thank you, Tom!!!”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Rachael G., Old Saybrook, CT

“Tom was phenomenal. He is a clear communicator so it is easy to schedule with him.  He arrived on time and did thoughtful, detail-oriented work on both repairs and tuning.  The piano sounds better than I imagined it ever could!

This customer rated you highly for work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value, and punctuality.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Alane A., Bozrah, CT

“Tom was very professional and personable. He even had recommendations for a piano teacher near me. I would definitely hire him again.

This customer rated you highly for punctuality, professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.”

5-Star Yelp Online Review, August 3, 2019:

D., New Haven, CT:

“The best. Tom is not only an excellent tuner – highly skilled, precise, thorough, and efficient – but also deeply knowledgeable about piano mechanics, construction, and history. I greatly enjoyed our conversation as he set to work. He completed his standard twice-over tuning in good time. Our piano sounds better than ever.”

5-Star Google Online Review, July 20, 2019:

Chetstone N., New Haven, CT:

“We are so lucky to have found Piano Island Tuning! Tom has helped bring an old piano that came with our house back to life and we are supremely grateful. He is knowledgeable and meticulous, and we look forward to seeing him regularly to keep our piano sounding sprightly.”

5-Star Google Online Review, August 10, 2019:

Timothy F., New Haven, CT:

“I am so happy to have found Tom of Piano Island Tuning. He did a thorough and beautiful job of tuning our piano. I appreciate the care and dedication he brought to his work. Look no farther, Tom is who you should hire.”

Verified Online Review on Nextdoor.com:

Ed D., Spring Glen, CT

“Tom does a really superb job.  I am somewhat hard to please on intonation, and I don’t think I have ever heard my piano sounding this great – and I’ve been having it tuned for 35 years.  He is a perfectionist and as others have pointed out, if he sees some small thing that needs repair he tends (if possible) just to take care of it.  Cannot recommend him more highly for quality of his work. And he stands by his work. What a concept.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

American Ballroom Dance Center, Springfield, MA

“This gentleman is the Consummate Professional.  He was right on time for our appointment and worked steadily until we were both pleased with the result of his piano tuning skills.  I would recommend this man to anyone needing their piano tuned.  Very pleased, Richard J. LaBrie

This customer rated you highly for work quality, professionalism, punctuality, value, and responsiveness.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:  

Lauren P., Shelton, CT

“Tom was great! It was evident he has a real passion for what he does and put in the time and effort to make sure the piano sounds as good as new! Our piano was extremely out of tune and I’m shocked at how incredible it sounds when he was done working on it! Any questions I had he was able to answer with no hesitation and he even taught me a few things about my piano I had no idea about! Will definitely be using him again for future tunings! Highly recommend & great price!”

5-Star Verified Online Review:  

Elizabeth P., Westport, CT

“Tom took the time to really work on my piano that had not been tuned in years. He was patient, thorough, and explained all he did. I can highly recommend Tom, and will to all who need a real pro. He brought my piano back to life!

This customer rated you highly for work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value, and punctuality.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:  

Frank H., Hamden, CT

“Tom arrived at my home to tune my 22-year-old Yamaha piano that hadn’t been tuned in at least 15 years. He was punctual, which I like, and dedicated to doing a first-class job. He put in three hours tuning my piano and ensuring that everything was right. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. I will use him again for my next tune-up (which will certainly be sooner than 15 years) and I highly recommend him to anyone needing a piano tuned. Very personable guy.

This customer rated you highly for work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, punctuality, and value.”

New Haven, CT Google User Online Review:

“Overall Excellent

I am thoroughly satisfied with Piano Island Tuning. For a very reasonable fee, Tom Dans not only brought my piano back to life, but also patiently explained how it works and advised me about its history. I have found my piano tuner!”

4-Star Verified Online Review:

Kathy B., Clinton, CT

“Tom arrived on time and immediately began his evaluation of our piano. Being a very old instrument, he was very respectful of our family heirloom. The piano had been moved across the country, and had not been tuned for many years. Tom took his time to adjust each string, making our piano a pleasure to play and hear. Tom also repaired the ivory on two of the keys at no extra charge to us. He spent considerable time on one string in the lower registers, to ensure it would hold the correct pitch. We plan to use Tom and Piano Island Tuning for our future piano tuning needs.

This customer rated you highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and value.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Austin and Barbara K., Chicopee, MA

“We enjoyed meeting you, and we thank you for restoring our 65-year-old Steinert piano to its former glory. Once again it is a joy to play.

This customer rated you highly for work quality, professionalism, value, responsiveness, and punctuality.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Elizabeth H., Portland, CT

“Great experience. We had just gotten an older piano and it needed love to get tuned. (Over 3 hours of love!) I was impressed at how thorough and professional the experience was! We will definitely be using Piano Island Tuning again. In fact I have already recommended them to 2 friends!

This customer rated you highly for responsiveness, punctuality, work quality, value, and professionalism.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Sherry H., Old Saybrook, CT

“Mr Dans was wonderful; he even researched my piano and gave me a lot of history about the instrument. My piano hasn’t sounded this good in years.

This customer rated you highly for responsiveness, professionalism, work quality, punctuality, and value.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Gabrielle R., Waterbury, CT

“Punctual, professional. Took a lot of time making sure it was right. Excellent customer service for a very reasonable cost.

This customer rated you highly for work quality, value, and professionalism.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Mindy S., Redding, CT

“Excellent service.”

Recommendation Email:  

Dorothy T., Guilford, CT

“Tom Dans just tuned our piano. He was careful, patient, and kind, and did an excellent job. He also answered all our questions and taught us a lot about our piano and how to care for it. We absolutely plan to ask him to come back next time we need the piano tuned.”

New Haven, CT Yahoo! Local user Verified Online Review:

“Tom is a great professional and very easy to work with. We recently purchased an upright Sterling for our house. He was very helpful at every step and gave us complimentary wax and a brand new sand clock! He provided us with some information regarding the piano we’ve purchased which I thought was very helpful. He came back to make sure that the piano was tuned perfectly and didn’t charge us. He is very honest and reliable. If you need a piano, I would certainly recommend him. Thank you Tom!”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Sheila B., West Cornwall, CT

“5 Stars, Piano Tuning

This customer rated you highly for professionalism, and responsiveness.”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Fatmir O., Rocky Hill, CT

“5 Stars, Piano Tuning”

5-Star Verified Online Review:

Mark F., Waterbury, CT

“I would recommend this piano tuner to everybody.

This customer rated you highly for work quality, responsiveness, professionalism, value, and punctuality.”

The verified piano tuning reviews above are from Google Reviews, Facebook, and Thumbtack.

Tom is a classically trained flutist, who studied voice with Andrew Householder of Huntington, NY, his home town. He went on to become a songwriter, singer, drummer, and high-tech piano tuner. In 2005, 38 Connecticut bands joined together to release recordings of their versions of Holcomb/Dans compositions on a 2-disc, 38-song tribute CD, still available today.
Every piano is tuned twice for the most stable tuning possible. Clients ranging from assisted living centers to the New Haven Symphony Orchestra trust Piano Island with their tunings.

 

Ed Pichulo – Piano Rebuilding, Repairs, Maintenance, & Cleaning

Ed Pichulo is a piano technician with decades of experience, including many years at Shoreline Piano, North Branford, CT.

 

Typical Repair & Replacement Prices

Repair and piano string replacement prices are at the technician’s discretion. We always try to charge a reasonable price for repairs. The action in your piano may need to be removed and brought to the repair shop. Please include phone number, location, and the condition of the piano with your request for a quote.

String Replacement – $50 each.  Add $20 each for wound bass strings for a matched replacement from Mapes Piano String Co, Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Bass String Replacement Set – $500

Full String Replacement – $1600 to $2,100

Regulation – $300

Action Maintenance – $300 to $600

 

Piano Moving

Distance and the number of stairs will determine the price of moving a piano. The mover we recommend specializes in pianos, and is bonded and insured. Please contact us with information about what you need.

Piano Lessons

Please call or email for a referral to piano instructors for all ages.

Our thanks to all of our individual and institutional piano tuning clients, including:

Acme Music, Cheshire
American Ballroom Dance Center, Springfield
Amity Music, New Haven
Arden Courts Assisted Living, Hamden
Arthur Murray Dance Center, Hamden
Atria Larson Place Assisted Living, Hamden
Bethwood Suzuki Music School, Seymour
Clinton Academy of Music
Clinton, CT Town Hall
Dance Unlimited Academy, Hamden
Durham Public Schools
Fair Haven Junior High School
Family Music, Hamden
Faust Harrison Pianos – Officially Recommended Tuner /Technician, CT & NY
Grace and St. Peters Church, Hamden
Hamden Academy of Dance & Music
Hamden Public Schools
Harbour Light Baptist Church, Orange
JC Music, Meriden
Lyric Hall Antiques & Conservation, Westville
Madison Academy Of Music
Meriden Public Schools
Neighborhood Music School, Guilford & New Haven
New Haven Chamber Orchestra
New Haven Public Schools
North Haven Public Schools
Orange Players Association, Orange
Piano Academy of Simsbury
Sam Ash Music, New Haven
Southern Connecticut State University
St. Bernadette’s Church, New Haven

Saint Mary Church of the Visitation
The First Congregational Church, Guilford
The GPSCY Bar (Graduate & Professional Student Center at Yale), New Haven
The Hamden Symphony Orchestra
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven
The Music Studio, Mystic
The New Haven Country Club
The Yale School of Drama, New Haven

University of Bridgeport

University of New Haven

Vertical Church, West Haven

Whitney Center Assisted Living, Hamden

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Frequently Asked Questions About Piano Tuning:

I want to acquire a used piano. Which pianos should I avoid?

1] A piano with action problems.

Don’t take on a piano that has repair issues with the keys you will be playing. Some repair parts for a particular piano may not be available at all. Also, the repair cost could be very high. You want a piano that has been maintained, with all the keys working properly. The only exceptions are the bottom three notes and top three notes, which you may never use. They seize up from prolonged lack of use.

2] A piano that is old and may be near the end of its useful life.

You don’t want a very old piano if you can help it, because piano actions wear out. Strings wear out too: if the bass notes sound thumpy and don’t produce a clear tone, walk away. It’s expensive to replace the bass strings, typically $500. You want as recent a vintage as you can find.

3] A piano that hasn’t been tuned in many decades.

That means the pitch has probably dropped dramatically below A-440. Bringing it back up to the standard of A-440 may break a lot of strings, and so it will need to be tuned at its current pitch. It’s a good idea to check the pitch with a portable electronic tuner.

Every piano is unique in its sound and action touch. Try out pianos until you find one you are really happy with. If you can’t decide between two pianos, go with the newer one.

How soon after moving a piano should I have it tuned?

If the piano is moved from a similar climate, you can tune it right away. It’s best to wait three to four weeks after moving a piano from a completely different climate.

Is there anything I can do to prepare for a tuning?

All objects need to be removed so that the technician can open the piano for access to the tuning pins.

Good lighting and a quiet environment are always helpful, for tuning and playing.

In most upright pianos, the tuner will prop up the lid and remove the front board for access to the tuning pins; grand pianos will be opened and the music desk removed.

What can I do to maintain my piano?

The lowest and highest five keys don’t get played very much, so try to play those notes on a regular basis. Lack of playing makes piano actions degrade over time and is the main cause of sticking keys. Have it tuned every six months to a year, and play the entire keyboard on a regular basis to keep the action parts working smoothly.

How often should I have my piano tuned?

We suggest scheduling tunings on a regular basis (once a year or every six months) so that your piano is always in tune, no matter which season it is: https://pianopricepoint.com/how-often-should-i-tune-my-piano/

Regular tunings keep the pitch at the concert standard of A-440, and they maintain tuning stability. Otherwise, the overall pitch keeps dropping lower.

Piano manufacturers recommend tuning every six months, because that is the maximum amount of time that most pianos can hold a fine tuning.

A piano which has gone a very long time without tuning will require extra work, and some tuning instability should be anticipated.

Regular tunings are important because it makes sense to protect your investment.

Pianos typically go out of tune the most when heaters are turned on in the fall and off in the spring, and when there are dramatic humidity changes.

All of the pianos strings are attached to a wooden soundboard, and humidity changes make the board shrink or expand. When the board expands, it stretches the strings and makes them go sharp. When the board shrinks, the strings relax and go flat. However, each string goes flat at a different rate, causing the piano to sound out of tune.

Indoor winter humidity is around 30%, spring humidity is around 50%, and summer humidity is around 70%. These seasonal changes are why some piano instructors have their pianos tuned three times a year.

Old pianos that have loose tuning pins are more likely to go out of tune before six months is up. This can be remedied by hammering in all the pins, or replacing them with new, wider pins.

How can I clean my piano?

Use a very soft flannel or terry cloth just slightly dampened with water, followed immediately with a dry flannel or terry cloth to pick up any residual moisture. Always wipe lightly, and in straight lines following the wood grain. Never wipe with a circular motion, because circular swirl marks will appear. This phenomenon is obvious on many cars. A thin application of a high-quality carnauba wax is safe for most piano finishes. Carnauba waxes need to be polished before the wax dries, so just do a small section at a time. Try to avoid cleaning products that contain fluids, because they will penetrate to the wood and disrupt the finish over time.

How are pianos tuned?

Each piano string is attached to a steel pin mounted in the multiple-ply wooden pinblock. Some notes have two or three strings and each must be tuned. A piano typically has 220 to 240 strings. A tuning lever wrench is used to turn each steel pin, to adjust the pitch up or down.

Why do pianos go out of tune?

Humidity changes are the main cause of pianos going out of tune. The strings are mounted on a wooden soundboard that absorbs moisture and expands during humid weather, and shrinks during dry weather. This stretches and relaxes the strings at different rates, changing their pitches and making the piano sound out of tune. Also, the action of the hammers hitting the strings throws them out of tune.

Should I air-condition my piano room during the summer?

If possible, yes. Reducing humidity swings will help keep your piano in tune longer. It’s best to have your piano placed away from heating vents for the same reason.

How long does it take to properly tune a piano?

It can take 2-3 hours because most pianos have 220 to 240 strings and every string must be tuned individually. If a piano is extremely out of tune, more time will be required. A second tuning is sometimes required to achieve tuning stability due to ‘string memory’: piano strings slowly move back towards their original pitch.

What are False Beats?

Old piano strings degrade over time, becoming brittle with an altered tone. When you pluck a piano string, it makes sound by vibrating side-to-side. It also has waves or pulses of vibration that travel from one end of the string to the other end, and back again. These end-to-end vibrations are more noticeable in old strings, and they are called False Beats.

When two waves of false beats meet while traveling along the string, that phenomena is known as Wave Interference. It interferes with the sound of a string, and it interferes with piano tuning meters. It also makes unison strings sound different from each other within the same note.

If your piano has a poor tonal quality, that is probably the main reason. There are two types of Wave Interference: Constructive Interference, which increases the sound volume, and Destructive Interference, which causes a decrease in the sound volume or total silence.

We recently tuned a two-string note on a 1910 upright piano, and the false beats in the two strings interacted in a way that caused the perfectly tuned note to go in and out of total silence repeatedly when you played it. Amazingly, the sound waves were totally cancelling each other out.

What’s a Pitch Raise?

It’s a preliminary tuning of the entire keyboard to bring strings to their correct tension levels in a piano that is very out of tune or needs to be brought up to concert pitch. This ensures that the second, final tuning will be stable.

What is Inharmonicity, and How Does Stretch Tuning Compensate For It?

An ideal piano string would produce upper harmonics (or overtones) of the main note that are all in tune with that main note. However, real piano strings are very thick and stiff. This makes the upper harmonics sharper than theory would predict. This is called Inharmonicity.

We perceive the sharp upper harmonics as the actual pitch of the note. Therefore, a piano must be tuned to those sharp harmonics.

This would be fine, except that inharmonicity varies across the entire keyboard.

Since the shorter piano strings have a higher and higher inharmonicity as one goes up in pitch, we stretch the tuning sharp as we go up to compensate for this.

If one were to tune a piano without stretching the octaves, the harmonics of the low bass notes would clash noticeably with the harmonics of higher keys. To make the thick low bass strings sound in tune with the very high treble notes, the whole piano tuning must be stretched by making the octaves slightly wider than pure. This means that the notes above the starting pitch (F-3) will all be a slight but precise amount sharp, and the notes lower than the starting pitch will be slightly flatter. This is called a Stretched Tuning.

O.L. Railsback performed detailed experiments on stretch tuning in 1938, and published the Railsback Curve graph. See the graph at this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_acoustics#The_Railsback_curve

Top of the line electronic piano tuning devices, such as the Sanderson AccuTuner, can analyze the inharmonicity of individual piano strings to mathematically calculate an ideal stretch tuning.

The effect is to bring out a beautiful, unified voice from the instrument.

Why Are Pianos are Tuned in Equal Temperament?

The term Temperament refers to the method used to tune pianos: we ‘temper’, or adjust, the interval between each note in a scale to make them sound evenly spaced.

Before Equal Temperament, pianos would be in tune in some chords or key signatures, but would be out of tune in other chords or key signatures.

Equal Temperament was developed by mathematicians in both China and Europe in the 1500′s.

The development of Equal Temperament enabled composers to vary the key within one piece of music, taking advantage of the fact that the new temperament made it possible for the piano to sound in tune in all key signatures.

 

We are consumer advocates, happy to answer any questions on any piano-related issues.

Hours of happiness… playing a tuned piano. It’s never too late to start!

Piano Island is a registered business in the state of Connecticut, tax ID # 45726999-001.