Piano Services

piano-stringsPiano Tuning and Repair Charges

Piano Tuning: $120 Total.

There is no travel charge within Connecticut. This price includes an electronic analysis of the piano, calculation of a custom tuning, and two full tuning sweeps to ensure stability. We have a piano tuner available seven days a week.

Please call us at (203) 230-2626 for travel charges to Putnam County, Westchester County, the Bronx, New York City, and other New York and Massachusetts locations.

Piano Repair/String Replacement

Replacement of mid-range and treble strings typically costs around $50 each within New Haven County. For each bass (wound) string, add $20. Our string source is Mapes Piano String Co, Elizabethton, Tennessee. A travel charge may be applied outside of New Haven County.

We always try to charge a reasonable price for repairs. Repair charges are at the technician’s discretion, approximately $100 per hour or a portion thereof. 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 repair quote.

Piano Inspection/Appraisal:  $60 Total.

We charge $60 to evaluate or appraise a piano. We answer all of your questions. We provide a signed document attesting to the current value and condition of your piano if you decide to sell it. Use this for a tax deduction if you donate your piano to a charity.

Buying a piano? Don’t get stuck with a lemon! Have an expert on your side, and get advice you can trust. We can help guide you to a piano you’ll love to play.

Whether from a dealer or an individual, you’ll want to make sure the piano you buy doesn’t have hidden defects.

Watch out for shark types selling totally beat old school pianos. A thorough examination is performed for $60, and every detail is documented and shared with you.

Your piano may be a hidden gem, or possibly ready for replacement. We provide an in-depth analysis of your piano and our professional opinion of your best options. We’re happy to provide expert recommendations and guidance.

High-Tech Custom Tuning

A custom tuning starts with taking pitch and harmonicity readings on your instrument. Those numbers are used to calculate a saved tuning that matches your piano alone.

We always do two full tuning sweeps in one visit for the most stable tuning possible.

We use the Sanderson Accu-Tuner, the industry-wide standard for electronic piano tuning meters. It is used to analyze your piano, and then to mathematically calculate a perfected stretch tuning for your piano alone.

When a piano is tuned with these numbers, the tonal voice of the instrument is focused and is brought to full expression. Sustained chords have unity. The bass, treble, and middle sections are precisely matched for continuity and consonance across the entire keyboard.

We generate a new electronic analysis and calculation with every tuning. There is no extra charge for this professional service.

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.

Piano Tuning Lessons

Piano tuning lessons are available for $60 per hour. Please call 203-230-2626.

Historical “Well” Temperaments

Piano Island Tuning offers a variety of temperaments for tuning your piano. There is no extra charge. A temperament is how we fit our twelve-note scale into a perfect octave on a piano. It’s not a mathematically perfect fit, so compromises have been developed on how to distribute the error within this system.

Equal Temperament is the perfectly equal spacing of the 12 pitches of the octave, and it is the current standard method of tuning. Equal Temperament distributes tuning error equally in all the notes, so that every note is equally out of tune. All of the different keys sound the same, but no intervals other than octaves are perfect.

One of the goals of the “well” temperaments of Bach’s era was to have more perfect thirds and fifths. This resulted in each key having a unique color, lending greater expressiveness to the music.

It’s fun to explore these different tonal qualities in chords and how they change the emotional expression of music on the piano. The Werckmeister Temperament has the greatest number of perfect fifths, and the Meantone Temperaments have the largest number of perfect thirds. In addition to Equal Temperament,  we can tune your piano in any one of these seven historical temperaments: Kirnberger III, Meantone ¼ Comma, Meantone 1/6 Comma, Prinz Temperament, Vallotti Temperament, Werckmeister Temperament, and Young’s Temperament.

A442 Tuning – If you are a concert pianist and wish to have your piano tuned to A442 instead of A440, just let your technician know.