EXPERT SERVICE, EASY SCHEDULING

Serving thousands of customers in the Philadelphia area and beyond, Philatuner is the best reviewed and most trusted source for exceptional in-home service. Scheduling an appointment is easy, and we’ll help you find the service your piano needs.

Precise key regulation

DAMPER REGULATION After new damper felts are installed, each damper is precisely regulated for proper timing as well as alignment across three axes.

Precise regulation

AURAL TUNINGS Each piano is slightly different, so we use a hybrid aural-digital tuning method to create an optimally sonorous tuning for each instrument.

Tuning

$165 STANDARD / $245 PITCH CORRECTION

Whether it’s been six months or six years since your piano’s last tuning, our fine tuning process will give your piano a rich, resonant sound sensitive to the nuances of your individual instrument. With easy scheduling and guaranteed appointment times, we make bringing your piano back into its best shape a simple prospect.

01 How much does a tuning cost?

The cost of a tuning depends on how long it’s been since the piano was last tuned, and how far from concert pitch the instrument currently is. For pianos that have been tuned within about the past year the cost is $165, and for instruments that haven’t been tuned in more than two years or are significantly sharp or flat of A440, the cost is $245.

02 What’s included in a tuning visit?

A tuning visit includes tuning, assessment of the piano’s condition, and free minor repairs (such as adjusting the pedal or fixing a loose part). For issues that can’t be addressed within the span of a single appointment, we always provide free quotes along with any scheduled tuning or repair visit.

03 How long does a tuning take?

Tuning appointments typically take between 60-90 minutes, but are booked in 2 hour time slots to accommodate pianos which may require more attention.

04 What’s the arrival window for appointments?

Tuning, repair, and inspection appointments have a 30 minute arrival window (for example, a 10am appointment will start between 10:00-10:30). If anything changes, we'll always contact you as soon as possible.

05 What’s your availability?

Most appointments are booked 2-3 weeks in advance, though we’re always happy to try and accommodate requests for earlier times.

06 How often should I get my piano tuned?

Pianos should be tuned twice a year to compensate for seasonal fluctuations in humidity. Pianos that aren't tuned regularly risk damage to the stability and longevity of the instrument.

Owner Tom Rudnitsky preparing for delivery
Preparing for delivery

Our piano sounds rich, full and amazing! It suffered from our move from the southern humidity to a more northern climate; it’s now beautifully tuned and fantastic again. Couldn’t be more pleased with the service and experience!”

– Harry Gill

LEFT New hammers are bored at angles graded to match the slant of the strings.

ABOVE New hammers are bored at angles graded to match the slant of the strings.

Repair

$60 / HALF HOUR

From sticky keys to squeaking pedals, most basic repairs can be performed on-site during a tuning visit without scheduling a second appointment. Rates for repairs are typically given in fixed prices so you can know the cost of the repair before the work starts, and we always provide free quotes along with any appointment.

FIXING STICKY KEYS         VOICING          CLEANING       REGULATION

Tuning & repair services

SETTING BACKCHECK To facilitate fluid repetition, each backcheck is carefully adjusted to catch the hammer at a precise distance from the strings after a key is pressed.

01 What kind of repairs do you do?

Our most common repairs are fixing sticky keys, repairing non-working pedals, and re-gluing loose or broken parts. Beyond the basics, we also offer full regulation and restoration services.

02 How long do repairs take?

Most repairs take about 30 minutes. If more time is needed, we’ll always consult with you first before proceeding.

03 A few keys on my piano are sticking and won’t come back up. Is this a sign of a serious issue?

Generally not. Sticky keys are caused by fluctuations in humidity which cause wood components to expand and contract. When parts swell, friction increases, and keys may start to respond more slowly. In most cases, sticky keys can be fixed individually without need for broader regulation work.

04 Does my piano need more work besides tuning?

If you haven't noticed any significant issues, then it's likely that no repairs will be urgently needed. However, As pianos are played, parts gradually slip out of alignment and the instrument loses clarity, responsiveness, and power. To compensate for this, all pianos need periodic regulation work in addition to tuning in order to bring parts back into proper alignment and prevent damage to the instrument.

05 What if parts of my piano are beyond repair?

It’s rare for pianos to have issues that render them untunable or unplayable, but we always offer a free comprehensive inspection along with any tuning visit, and are happy to advise on what repairs make sense for your instrument.

06 I don’t know if my piano is worth fixing up. Can you come and take a look?
Of course! With a pitch correction, tuning, and a bit of repair, most pianos can be brought back into a condition that would satisfy beginning players using their piano intermittently. An initial tuning and inspection visit holds no obligation for further work, and should it turn out that the piano is not worth the effort, we’ll only bill the visit minimum.

The difference was like night and day. The piano is now in tune (and staying there!), functions far better, and it’s clean inside and out. Even the broken key and pedal are fixed. I would definitely recommend Philatuner — friendly, easy, thoughtful service!”

– Ellen Owens

RIGHT After new parts have been installed, every component is painstakingly regulated to create a fluid, consistent response across the entire range of the keyboard.

ABOVE After new parts have been installed, every component is painstakingly regulated to create a fluid, consistent response across the entire range of the keyboard.

Post-installation adjustments
The Final Regulation