Tuning a piano on your own is a great way to save money you’d have spent on a Piano tuner to do it for you. But while the idea sounds fun and easy, it is worth noting that doing it yourself will require you to have some skills, and thorough preparations;
Basic knowledge; before sitting down to tune a piano, there are basics that should be on your finger tips. Most Pianos you’ll find have 88 keys, and while not all may need tuning, it’s a good thing to be able to identify all. The first 5 lower keys, and last 5 upper keys hardly ever get played, but it’s prudent to have them sounding good too.
Tools; clearly, you’ll need some tools if you wish to tune your Piano yourself. These may include a laptop, sound equipment, a tuning hammer, as well as some software which you can download online. However, if you don’t possess the tools, before you rush to buy new ones, always ask yourself whether the total cost of buying some will be cheaper or more costly than what a piano tuner would have charged you to tune your piano.
Identify the Problem; while tuning your piano may just need fastening or replacement of the piano strings, always bear in mind that there could be other problems with it. Thus rather than opening up your piano, tuning the strings but finding that there were other problems, always start by identifying what ails your piano. If the problem is beyond your level of skills, never try a trial and error method. Rather, the best thing is to just get a professional tuner to handle it.
Make use of the Internet; the internet is full of videos and tutorials that guide you on how to tune your piano. You Tube is specifically a great place for these tutorials. Often, the tutorials are done by experts, and they provide a simple step by step guide on how to proceed. Tuning experts who post those tutorials also leave their contact address below the videos; you can contact one in case you get stuck during the process.
Basically, tuning a piano on your own is a doable task, but one has to consider the above tips.
You can either decide to tune the piano yourself, or get a piano tuner in Hammersmith & Fulham to do the job for you.