When should a piano be tuned after Moving?


A piano should be tuned 1-2 weeks after delivery.

A piano that has been moved and spent time in a truck may not be out of tune after it
is delivered. Pianos are tough and can withstand up to 20 tons of string tension and decades of heavy use, so moving usually has very little effect on the piano.
 Steinway recommends 2 weeks and Bechstein 1 week after delivery. Remember the primary reason a piano goes out of tune is because of humidity changes.
New pianos will go out of tune sooner because the strings are new and still stretching,
this is why piano manufacturers recommend four tuning the first year.
A piano will always hold tune better when tuned by a skilled tuner, but stable temperature and relative humidity conditions will also increase the likelihood of good tuning stability.

6 thoughts on “When should a piano be tuned after Moving?”

  1. I didn’t know that pianos go out of tune because of humidity changes. That would explain why y piano was really out of tune after I moved from the city to the beach. It’s good to know that I should wait about 1-2 weeks after moving again to call a piano tuning company. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for pointing out how a piano should be tuned between 1 to 2 weeks after delivery. My dad recently got my little sister a classical piano as a graduation gift, and she’s been playing it non-stop for the last month. I really didn’t notice anyone come by our house to give it a proper tuning, so I’d definitely share this piece with my dad so that we can hire a professional tuner ASAP.

  3. I am glad that you talked about how a piano can go out of tune mainly because of the changes in humidity levels in your area. My wife thinks we are raising Mozart, though a bit of a late-bloomer. We just decided to spring for a decent piano to practice on so that he can be more motivated to pursue his craft. We do have a bit of humidity situation in our area, so I will be sure to contact a professional piano tuner to have a look at it every now and then.

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