Piano Tuning and Repair
What does this have to do with the practice of law? Absolutely nothing.
Several years ago, I began tuning pianos. It started with the baby grand piano at the church I was attending. In an effort to keep expenses low, the church did not keep the sanctuary at a constant heat and humidity. It was incredibly cold in the winter and rather steamy in the summer. As a result, we had to have the piano tuned several times a year. While the cost of tuning was less than the cost of climate control, within weeks the piano would start to slip.
I was the handbell choir director and the de facto worship band leader. My wife was the Director of Music (my boss). I, being the typical guy- said, "I can buy the equipment to tune the piano. Even if it is just to bring the piano in to tune between professional tunings. How hard can it be?" So I got the basic tools and started to work. It isn't easy- but as a musician with a good ear, I was successful and the congregation noticed that the piano was better than the week before. I continued to practice- invested money in some more equipment, learned new skills and decided to go semi-pro.
Over the past year or so, I've been tuning pianos for friends. It isn't a formal business, but I enjoy the change of pace. I'm not certified by any organization, but that is more involved than I need or want to be. So if you've got that huge concert grand and you're performing regularly- maybe you want to hire one of those certified guys. I know several and would be glad to give you their names and numbers. If you just want to keep the family piano playable for enjoyment or for the kids to take lessons- I'm probably the guy you want.
Repairs: $50 an hour. Before we can even start tuning, certain repairs might need to be done. Those include fixing sticking keys, repairing felts that may have come off the hammers, reconditioning the felts, adjusting pedals, etc. The nice thing about that- it gives me an idea if the piano is even worth tuning. If there is a lot of damage, and especially damage that I can't repair- it probably means that you need one of those fancy guys and you'll probably end up paying more than the piano is worth. Take that money and put it down on a good quality piano- you'll enjoy it more. And just throw me a couple of bucks for coming out and I'm happy.
Tuning: Pricing depends on the situation.
Tuned yearly: This is ideal and my fee is $100.00.
Tuned within the past couple of years: Hey, we all get busy and forget. This takes a little longer and my fee is $175.00.
Tuned? It has to be tuned?: This is typically the piano that you got from a friend or family member for free, and they
never bothered to have it tuned, but then neither did you. If it has been more than five years since the piano has been tuned, it falls into this category. Sorry, but my fee on this one is $300.00. Generally, I have to over tune these because the strings will slip back. Then I'll have to over tune it again.
If you don't know what tuning is required (because "no one" would try to scam me), I can figure it out in about two minutes.
My only requirements- a quiet environment (or reasonably so- it takes longer if I have to deal with children and pets), coffee if I haven't had any that day, and payment upon completion.
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