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Piano Tuning for back to school lessons in Atlanta GA

Posted By on August 13, 2013

If you recently played your Piano with the new school season staring, and can’t remember the time of the last Piano Tuning, give our Piano Tuner a call.

Extremely volatile relative humidity and weather conditions this summer have caused Pianos in Atlanta to go out of tune. The moist conditions have also resulted in Piano action felt parts to swell causing the piano keys to stick and/or fail to repeat. Consistent climate control in your home, church building or school can help control this problem and allow for a more stable Piano Tuning in Atlanta.

If your Piano is in a humid room, call our Piano Tuner / Technician to find out if a Damp Chaser humidity control system would be a worthwhile investment prior to having the Piano Tuned. Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text).

Enjoy your Piano!

Steinway Grand Piano for sale under $10K, in tune

Posted By on August 5, 2013

We know someone looking to sell their 1939 Steinway Model S baby grand piano in excellent playing condition. The piano keys and action were just recently regulated and the piano tuning was performed yesterday. The piano cabinet is a medium wood grain color and includes the matching bench.

Everything is in good working order; the piano move and 1st Piano Tuning is all included for under $10K total sale price. This is a great opportunity to own a Steinway!

Call Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text) to schedule Piano Tuning, Piano repairs, Piano Inspections, evaluations, cabinet touch-up in Atlanta, Suwannee, Decatur, Tucker, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Norcross, Doraville, Chamblee, Stone Mountain, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Dacula Ga

Drying out Sticking Keys: Piano Tuning in Atlanta, Ga

Posted By on July 18, 2013

The recent weeks of heavy rainfall and high humidity in Atlanta, Ga have been causing piano keys to stick due to the swelling of piano action parts. If you are moving your piano to a different residence here in Atlanta, call us to schedule Piano Tuning and we can set up a day and time convenient for you planning 3-4 weeks after the piano has settled in to the new environment and humidity level (to insure the most stable piano tuning).

Charity Kopczeski, Piano Tuner / Technician will make necessary repairs to your piano when performing the pitch adjustment and piano tuning. One minor piano repair is included free; any additional needed repairs will be discussed with you first.

Call 770-876-7340 (call or text) for our summer piano tuning price specials. Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity, over 15 years experience quality, value, customer service in Norcross, Tucker, Decatur, Stone Mountain, Lawrenceville, Buford, Duluth, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Suwannee, Atlanta Metro area entire

Tips re: Piano Tuning with Damp Basements, Atlanta, GA

Posted By on July 1, 2013

A family in Atlanta recently acquired an older vertical piano from a private party moving sale. The piano had been in the basement of a home in Atlanta, GA for many years exposed to high moisture content damp conditions. The piano had not been tuned for years and several keys were stuck.

In this case, it is preferred to move the piano to its new owner location home and place the piano along an inside wall away from vents, windows, and doors. Then, have us install Damp Chaser piano climate control system installed in the piano to remove the excess humidity from the piano for 3 weeks. Then, contact Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text) to schedule Piano Tuning & Repairs.

Serving metro Atlanta, Ga including Suwannee, Roswell, Alpharetta, John’s Creek, Buford, Sandy Spring, Snellville, Loganville, Lilburn, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Decatur, Norcross

When & Why of Piano Pitch Adjust Tuning in Atlanta

Posted By on June 24, 2013

Charity tuned a piano yesterday in Atlanta that had not been tuned for over 10 years. This Wurlitzer vertical piano’s pitch dropped well over a 1/2 step flat in the past decade. In this circumstance, multiple incremental pitch adjustments (in one visit) are performed by Charity.

Patience is required to adjust the piano strings tension gradually in order to get each note finally in position for the final pass fine tuning to the A 440 standard pitch so as to accurately set the tuning pins to hold for longer term stability.

Call Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity at 770-876-7340 (call or text) for summer price special: Piano Tuning, Repairs, Inspections (if you plan to buy a used piano from a private party), piano cleaning & piano cabinet touch-up.

Enjoying Piano this summer in Atlanta, Ga

Posted By on June 16, 2013

Check out the piano recital schedule at the Georgia State University website. These music performances are free to the public featuring accomplished artists from the school of music and guest pianists. It’s a good place to meet music lovers, escape from the heat, and sit back and relax to the sound of the music. Conveniently located in downtown Atlanta, you can find plenty of parking nearby, and places to eat and drink afterwards.

Summer is a good time to also enjoy your own piano, take lessons, and get your piano tuned up. Contact us, Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity K, 770-876-7340 (call or text). Charity is from a piano tuner family, and began working on pianos at the age of 12. For Tuning, Repairs, Inspections, piano cleaning call to schedule an appointment.

Tips on Piano Tuning Accuracy, Atlanta Ga

Posted By on June 5, 2013

I hear people sometimes say that perfect pitch is what makes a good Piano Tuner. Accurately hearing individual notes is just one of many skills needed for Piano Tuning. Another important skill is solidly setting each tuning pin for stability. On pianos with tight tuning pins for example, it is possible for the top of the tuning pin to be set by a piano tuner in a position where the string will sound in tune, however the lower part of the tuning pin tightly secured in the pin block can remain in a slightly twisted position. If the piano tuner leaves this note “in tune” with this unstable pin position, the pin has a high propensity to go out if tune from humidity changes or from hard piano playing, pulling the string out of tune. Contact us Piano Tuning by Charity Atlanta 770-876-7340 (call or text) for our summer Piano Tuning & Repair price special discounts, and piano inspection pricing when shopping for a used piano from a private owner.

Tips on selecting a good used piano in Atlanta Ga

Posted By on June 2, 2013

When test playing the piano, listen for any notes that are way Out of tune. On older pianos, especially those built before 1940, there is a significant risk that the piano is not tunable unless extensive repairs are performed first. The cost of such repairs on these older pianos is often a big enough head wind to simply begin one’s piano buying search with used pianos made after 1950. Contact us, Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text) for piano inspections prior to buying, Piano Tuning, Piano Repairs, and Piano Cleaning, or for more information to help you specifically. We serve the entire Atlanta, Ga metro area and surrounding suburbs including Roswell, Sandy Spring, Alpharetta, Suwannee, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Decatur, Lawrenceville, Buford, Norcross, Doraville, Buckhead, Marietta, Smyrna…

Tips on Summer Break Piano Playing: Tune up Atlanta

Posted By on May 29, 2013

For a quick start to getting back into playing your piano this summer, you might want to check out the 90 minutes DVD “Piano for Quitters” with 10 separate lessons at www.pianoforlife.com. It is a practical guide to chords and harmony. Summer is a great time to enjoy piano music and get your Piano Tuned up. Our piano tuner can make any needed repairs, clean your piano, touch up scratches in the piano cabinet finish, pitch adjustment & piano tuning to A440, or provide a piano inspection if you are looking to buy a used piano from a private party in the Atlanta metro area. Contact us, Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text).

Tips on buying low cost pianos in Atlanta Ga

Posted By on May 22, 2013

Older church pianos are often given away or sold for a few hundred dollars. As long as any non functioning keys and pedals can be repaired by a piano technician (without having to replace a significant number of parts), these can make a great starter piano investment. It is also important that the piano strings, bridges, and pin-block are strong enough to hold a pitch adjustment and piano tuning. People moving out, or selling their home sometimes prefer to sell their piano, and let someone else hire a piano tuner and piano mover to take the instrument. Contact us: Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity Kopczeski 770-876-7340 (call or text) for piano inspections prior to buying a used piano. We can evaluate whether or not the piano can be tuned & repaired so as to make your overall investment worthwhile. We serve the entire Atlanta metro area.

If My Piano Has Cracks In The Soundboard, Is It Unable To Be Tuned?

Posted By on May 17, 2013

A piano can be tuned even if the soundboard is cracked. Some high-end grand pianos that are in good-performance condition have cracks wide enough to see the carpet underneath. However problems with cracks in the can arise if the soundboard separates from its ribs, which stabilize it from the back. Sometimes this can cause a buzzing or rattling sound when notes in that area of the soundboard are played. The solution to eliminate the buzz / rattle is to reattach the ribs. The soundboard will still have the cracks, but the piano can still sound beautiful. The cracks can be filled, but that is often more of a cosmetic expense. Many serious piano performers are not concerned about the cosmetics, as long as they know their soundboard (along with their whole piano) is in a stable condition, and in good working order.

Tuning stability is highly dependent upon a solid pin-block. The pinblock (which holds all of the tuning pins) must be solid. If there are deeply running cracks in the pin-block, it’s most likely that the piano would be unable to be tuned. Often, costly rebuilding is the solution, so this would be a major concern for any piano owner. Call Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity K, 770-876-7340 (call or text) for piano tuning, repairs, inspections to buy private party used pianos, evaluations.

Should I tune & repair my piano or sell “as is” in Atlanta

Posted By on May 16, 2013

Having a professional piano tuner technician tune your piano 1st will help the prospective buyer understand the full value of the instrument. High quality pianos (Steinway, Baldwin, Mason & Hamlin) are often well worth investing in more complete repairs to maximize the piano resale value. A $2000 complete re-pining & re-stringing of a quality piano for example can add over $3000 to the value of the piano. Contact Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity K, (call or text) 770-876-7340 to learn how to make your piano more enjoyable to play and more valuable to own.

Tips On How Often to Tune My Piano In Atlanta

Posted By on May 10, 2013

To determine how often your piano needs to be tuned, it’s good to consider what is making the piano go out of tune, and how frequently this happens. Pianos that are subjected to many hours of heavy use daily, (such as at colleges and places of piano playing instruction) sometimes need to be tuned weekly. The majority of pianos aren’t subjected to that much rigorous playing, and don’t go out of tune this fast.

For pianos that have moderate to light use, humidity changes of the seasons are more of the cause for the piano changing pitch.

All of the piano strings bear down on a bridge fastened to the soundboard. It’s similar to the violin strings that run over the bridge connected to the belly of the violin. High humidity swings will fill the wood with high moisture content, and the piano soundboard will swell. If you picture the belly of the violin swelling and forcing the strings upward, you have a picture of how the piano soundboard also swells and increases tension on the piano strings, causing them to go sharp. When the humidity decreases, the wood shrinks, backing the bridges away from the strings, so the piano goes flat.

If you have a good control of humidity swings in your home, it will help to preserve your piano tuning (and your piano itself). For about $20.00, you can purchase a small, digital, humidity gauge in the indoor/outdoor-thermometer section of many stores, such as Walmart or Lowes. Keeping this gauge near your piano allows you to keep track of the high and low ranges of humidity levels to which your piano is subjected. The desirable range is around 38% to 46% relative humidity. If you see bigger swings than this, you’ll probably be noticing your piano going out of tune due to these shifts.

There are some steps that can be taken to help stabilize your piano during humidity fluctuations. Installing a household dehumidifier or humidifier, as needed, can be beneficial. Also, there are climate control systems (recommended by piano manufacturers) that can be installed inside the pianos that are subjected to high humidity changes.

If humidity changes are not too drastic, a common recommendation for piano tuning is once or twice a year. Contact our Piano Tuner / Technician, Charity K, at 770-876-7340 (call or text) for a piano inspection evaluation of a piano you are interested in purchasing, piano repair, or piano tuning / pitch adjustment in the Atlanta metro area. Enjoy the beautiful music of a well-tuned piano!

Tips on buying a used vertical piano in Atlanta: optimal for tone quality & piano tuning

Posted By on May 3, 2013

The taller the piano, the longer the strings. Everything else being equal, the longer string pianos will produce a higher quality sound and more pleasant tone when the piano is in tune. Spinet pianos, being the shortest stringed, can have issues with buzzing strings due to the overall design of the piano, even when the piano tuner has adjusted the pitch to A440 standard piano tuning. Console pianos are the next longest stringed pianos, then studio pianos, then full uprights. Since with vertical pianos you have the same floor space used up, it’s only the wall space you give up going with a taller stringed piano (and a bit more weight when moving the piano). Contact our Piano Tuner / Technician, Charity K, at 770-876-7340 (call or text) for a piano inspection evaluation of a piano you are interested in purchasing, piano repair, or piano tuning / pitch adjustment in the Atlanta metro area. Enjoy your instrument!

Why Piano keys need easing on new pianos here in Atlanta, GA metro area

Posted By on April 23, 2013

We recently came across a newer piano here in Atlanta where, due to the high humidity the piano keys were sticking and needed to be eased at the center rail and front rail to allow the piano keys to operate correctly.   Sometimes new pianos from the factory need some preparation for optimal performance.  Contact our piano tuner, Charity Kopczeski at 770-876-7340 (call or text)  for more info on your specific piano whether new or old.  Often she can perform this repair at no additional charge (depending on the extent of work needed on the piano)  at the time of piano tuning here in the Atlanta, GA metro area.  The sudden climate changes during the spring season here in Atlanta (both in temperature and especially humidity) cause shrinking and swelling of parts and also exacerbate pitch fluctuation.  See our Piano Tuning FAQ page links on our website: www.pianotuning4u.com for more information on this subject, or call us anytime in Atlanta at 770-876-7340.  Enjoy your Instrument!

Where’s the Best Placement for My Piano in my Home? I Just Moved!

Posted By on April 10, 2013

Due to excessive dampness, it’s best to avoid basements.  Also heating/AC vents should be avoided, due to frequent humidity changes that they cause.  Choice areas for the placement of your piano are away from drafts, and excessive sunlight through windows, which can drastically reduce the value of your piano.  Piano tuning and action regulation of your piano will be more stable when you choose a more ideal placement of your piano.  Positioning your piano in a favorable place will also help prevent your piano strings, bridges, soundboard, pinblock, cabinet  from rapid deterioration, and preclude costly Piano Repairs.

If you have a less than ideal setting for your piano, a climate control system installed in the piano can be of some help.  One type of system includes a dehumidifier (to eliminate excess moisture) installed with a humidistat (to turn off the dehumidifier when it is dry enough).  The system can also include a humidifying tank, which adds moisture during dry periods (when the heat is on during winter months) to keep the piano tuning from going excessively flat. Our piano tuner will not need to perform large pitch adjustments when the relative humidity is fairly constant at or near 42%.


Tips on buying a used piano in Atlanta: How do I know if it is a good deal? Can your piano tuner inspect it?

Posted By on April 6, 2013

If you like the piano cabinet style, color, and the size of the piano is right for you, make sure all the piano keys play and the notes can be repeated smoothly. Do any notes sound way out of tune compared to the neighboring notes? On older pianos for example, it could be a sign of a compromised pin block. Before making a significant purchase investment for the piano, you may want to have our piano tuner/technician inspect the piano first to discover the condition of the action, bridges, soundboard/ribs, felts, bushings, strings, pins, plate, and block. Our piano tuner can also discover how far out of tune the piano has gotten, and whether, given the current condition of the instrument, it can sustain a major pitch adjustment (if needed) to bring the piano to the standard A440 pitch without string failure and/or damage to the bridges. To prevent costly unforeseen piano repairs in the future: When you are looking to buy a used piano from a private party, contact Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity at 770-876-7340 (call or text) for help in deciding on the piano that is right for you and your family.

Tuning a Piano After Moving to a new location

Posted By on March 30, 2013

With spring time upon us, many households are moving to new locations.  If you have a piano, there’s the consideration of when to have it tuned. If there is little difference in the humidity of the new location (for example from 42% relative humidity to 45%R.H.) the piano can be tuned right away.  However, if the change in location is more extreme (i.e. from a damp basement with, 60%R.H.,  to an ideal location staying at 42% R.H.) it’s wise to let the piano acclimate to the new environment.    Typically, three weeks after a move  is a good time frame for this adjustment. This way the tuning is not as likely to shift, as the soundboard either swells or shrinks to the new level of humidity.

Contact us for a free piano tuning quote when your piano is safely moved to its new location in the Atlanta metro area, Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text).

Piano Strings Breaking?: High-Tension vs Low-Tension String Types

Posted By on March 25, 2013

People sometimes ask, “Why are my strings breaking on my new piano?”  I played the same loudly-sustained Gospel music on my grandmother’s old spinet in Atlanta, and the strings never broke.”  Good question!

Some new pianos, made with softer piano soundboard rims (such as Philippine mahogany) are strung with high-tension strings, which are designed to bring out a brighter sound tone quality than low-tension strings can on the same piano.  The drawback (of high tension strings) is that the strings cannot vibrate as long, so the sound will sustain for a shorter period of time.  When the piano strings are played repetitively at a loud volume with the sustain pedal in constant use, the high tension strings cannot always hold up to this high impact, and thus tend to break.

On pianos made with harder piano soundboard rims (such as rock maple used on higher quality pianos) the quality of the tone is not easily absorbed by the soundboard rim.  Because of this,  the sound resonates better, so low-tension piano strings are able to produce a more desirable tone than they can in the softer wood rims.

Summary: If your high tension piano strings are breaking due to hard impact piano playing (combined with constant sustain pedal use), they can be replaced with low-tension piano strings.  These low-tension piano strings will be less likely to break, but might not sound as pleasant under lighter playing, if your piano soundboard rim is not hard wood.  Contact Piano Tuning Atlanta – by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text) for more information as it pertains to your specific piano. Our piano tuner can help you decide what type of piano strings work best for you on your piano given your personal piano playing style.  Also, Contact us for a free quote for piano tuning.

Pitch Adjustment -Why is it sometimes needed with a piano tuning?

Posted By on March 19, 2013

Pitch Adjustment Described:

Pitch Adjustment, Pitch Raise, or Pre-tensioning  are similar terms. When the piano strings are too sharp or too flat to hold a piano tuning (in only one piano tuning pass) a  pitch adjustment is needed first.  This will position the strings close enough in tune, so the fine tuning can be performed, to set the tuning solidly in place.  The extra work needed to tune a piano in this condition is significant, since the 200+ tuning pins on the instrument need to be adjusted a second time. You can help avoid the additional cost and work required by the piano tuner to perform a pitch adjustment by having your piano tuned regularly, and by protecting your piano from huge humidity swings throughout the seasons.

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Contact us 770-876-7340 (call or text) for more information on how to protect the investment in your valuable instruments.  We are ready to serve you Monday-Saturday.

I have a piano at my home in Atlanta that we don’t play. Should I have my piano tuned?

Posted By on March 16, 2013

We sometimes get calls from piano owners in Atlanta who have not had their piano tuned for decades.  While it may not be essential to have your piano tuned every year if you are not playing the instrument, to protect your investment for resale value it is often best to keep the piano tuned at least every 2 years to minimize stresses on the bridges and strings from major pitch adjustments.  This is more of an issue on older pianos where the condition of wood and strings has deteriorated.   If you’ve been busy with other things and just never thought over the years to get that piano tuned (since the kids have grown, etc), perhaps this spring is a good time to decide whether to play the piano again or get it tuned and repaired and put the instrument up for sale.  Or if you’d like to keep the piano in the family or like the furniture quality of ownership, having the piano tuned and repaired will help maintain value long-term.  Contact Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text) for Piano Tuning & Repairs, Piano Evaluation Inspections (if you are looking to buy or sell a used piano).  Have a great weekend!

What Year was this Piano Made? I’m Looking To Buy A Used Piano in Atlanta, GA

Posted By on March 9, 2013

Inside the piano usually on the plate near the piano tuning pins is the unique serial number for that piano manufacturer.   Normally the piano brand name (Steinway, Knabe, Chickering, Sohmer, Mason & Hamlin, Kimball…)  is on the piano fall board which is the piece of the cabinet that covers the piano keys.   How does the piano serial number help me find the year my piano was manufactured?   Once you know the piano maker and serial number of the piano, you can look up the piano maker alphabetically in the Pierce Piano Atlas.  The year the piano was manufactured is listed in easy to read columns by serial number range.  You can obtain a Pierce Piano Atlas from Amazon.com.   However, to save time and money, when you find a used piano you’re looking to buy in the AtlantaGA metro area,  contact us, Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity, 770-876-7340 (call or text) with the piano serial number.  We can look up the piano for you and evaluate the piano in person for you  in order to prevent costly needed piano repairs or additional pitch adjustment piano tuning after you buy the instrument.  Have fun making music on your piano this weekend.

Piano tuning cost and piano tuner prices? Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text)

Posted By on March 4, 2013

Pricing can range depending on the work involved.   When a piano is more than 7% out of tune, a pitch adjustment is required first to get the strings close enough in tune to perform a 2nd fine tuning to the A440 standard pitch.   To save you money, both the pitch adjustment and fine tuning can be accomplished in one visit to your home (or studio).   At Piano tuning Atlanta by Charity, we include a minor repair or adjustment to the piano (stuck keys, squeaking pedals, sluggish action…  free of charge at the time of each tuning instead of charging an additional hourly fee for that repair.  Contact us: Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity at 770-876-7340 (call or text) for specific information on how we can best serve your piano tuning & repair needs in Norcross, Dacula, Lawrenceville, Tucker, Decatur, Lilburn, Snellville, Duluth, Suwannee, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Alpharetta, John’s Creek, Doraville, Marietta, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Covington, Conyers, Ellenwood, Peachtree City areas and throughout metro Atlanta.

Looking to buy a used starter piano? What are the best piano brands to purchase for quality investment?

Posted By on March 2, 2013

If affordability is not an big  issue, Steinway is a great first choice for a used piano brand, as they have been well made for many decades and are often worth repairing, rebuilding, and refinishing.  Piano tuners enjoy tuning quality pianos and you will enjoy a more pleasing tone playing your instrument.  Lower quality pianos, specifically the short vertical spinets, sound less pleasing to the ear due to the inferior scale design and shorter strings which can produce buzzing.  Unless you are looking to acquire a piano free as a starter piano for a young child, your son or daughter to take piano lessons for example, it is best from the standpoint of sound quality to purchase a used console, studio, or full upright piano.  Budget in the thousands, not hundreds in Atlanta, GA market if you are looking to keep the piano for a long-term investment in your musical enjoyment.  The Yamaha U1 and U3 vertical pianos tune up nicely, are durable, and easy to work on for piano tuner technicians.  If you are considering an older grand piano to save money, and cannot afford the Steinway, then Mason & Hamlin, Chickering, and Knabe are good choices.  Contact Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity Kopczeski 770-876-7340 (call or text) for more information specific to your situation.

Piano string failure – reattaching the existing string or replacing it in Atlanta GA for tuning

Posted By on February 28, 2013

Piano strings can rust, wear out and and eventually fail and break.   If the break is near the piano tuning pin, sometimes it can be reattached to the tuning pin by the piano tuner technician.  Most of the time it is recommended to have the string replaced.  The bass wound piano strings are measured exactly to size and ordered from a piano string specialty company.  We can then expedite getting your piano string to Atlanta Ga within a week to 10 days, and have Charity Kopczeski, our piano tuner install the new string and tune your piano.  Hard piano playing (Jazz, Gospel, etc.) on older pianos increases the propensity for strings to break.  When one or more strings on your piano here in Atlanta GA does break or you need piano tuning or repairs, contact us for further information and help, Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity Kopczeski 770-876-7340 (call or text).

What to look for in purchasing a used piano in Atlanta, GA, the essentials for piano tuning and repairs

Posted By on February 25, 2013

First decide if you’d like a grand or vertical piano.   If you have sufficient floor space, a grand piano adds significantly to the beauty of  your home’s interior.  With its curved piano cabinet and lid prop, a grand piano can turn an ordinary large room into a piano concert hall.  When shopping for a used piano from a private party in Atlanta, GA, test all the keys to make sure they play and repeat.  Test each pedal: sustain, una corda, and sostenuto to verify that each responds properly.  Examine the entire outside piano cabinet and note knicked or gashed corners, stains near the piano music desk, or cracked finish.  Small imperfections on the piano cabinet can be touched up by our piano tuner at the time of the first piano tuning once you’ve had the piano moved to your home.   Often low cost minimal piano repairs can be performed by our piano technician after purchasing a used piano in Atlanta, GA that yield a worthwhile investment for you.  Once you’ve checked out the above essentials, call our piano tuner, Charity Kopczeski in Atlanta GA to setup an evaluation of the piano before purchasing it in order to foresee needed piano tuning pitch adjustments and or major piano repairs.  Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text).

Piano inspections in Atlanta, GA: when the result of the evaluation is that the instrument is not tunable

Posted By on February 18, 2013

A lady in Alpharetta, GA recently called our piano tuner to request a piano inspection of  her 1964 Kohler & Campbell vertical piano at her home.   Another piano tuner in the Atlanta, GA area had told her that the piano cannot be tuned to A440 standard pitch because of the age and condition of the piano.  She wanted another opinion, so Charity Kopczeski, our piano tuner / technician, upon evaluating the instrument found she could adjust the pitch from its current half step flat to the A440 standard pitch and did so upon the same visit to the customer’s home.  Whenever upon inspection our piano tuner finds that a piano is indeed tunable, no additional fee is added for the piano evaluation as the piano tuning will be performed at the same visit to your home.  If the piano is not tunable, the piano inspection fee is credited back to the customer when he/she acquires another piano and has Charity tune that piano.  Pitch adjustment and piano tuning on older pianos often require much more  time.  Charity’s experience, skill and patience as a piano tuner technician provides valuable benefits for people who own pianos anywhere in the Altanta Georgia metro area, particularly in the Lawrenceville,  Doraville, Buford, Duluth, Norcross, Decatur, Buckhead, Chamblee, Loganville, Snellville, Stone Mountain, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Woodbridge, Marietta, Smyrna, and Gainesville cities. Contact our piano tuner today at 770-876-7340 (call or text) to schedule a piano tuning, piano repair or piano inspection.

Headwinds involved in tuning & repairing pianos built prior to the 1950’s, continued and updated

Posted By on February 13, 2013

Our piano tuner /technician often sees compromised tuning pin blocks, piano strings, and/or bridges on pianos in Atlanta built in the 1930’s, 1920’s and even earlier.  Incremental repairs can sometimes be worthwhile to make the piano tunable for a little while longer, if there is sentimental value with the piano being in the family for decades.  However, most of the time, from the standpoint of  enjoying piano music and/or taking piano lessons on the instrument, upgrading to a new or newer used piano is recommended.  The higher quality brands of older pianos, including Steinway and Mason & Hamlin will often retain sufficient value to justify a complete piano restoration, rebuild, and refinishing.  Contact Piano tuning by Charity Kopczeski in Atlanta for more information 770-876-7340 (call or text).  For more information on piano tuning in Atlanta, check out our website www.pianotuning4u.com



Scheduling Piano tuning work in Atlanta / old vertical piano made prior to 1940

Posted By on February 11, 2013

A gentleman called me this morning  to schedule piano tuning for a Gulbransen vertical piano which he acquired from his aunt.  The piano was built in the 1950’s and was tuned 4 years ago.  The piano has been in a high humidity location for years, causing some fungus to grow on the top of the piano hammers and the piano has accumulated some dirt and knicks/scratches.   Charity, our piano tuner will first inspect the piano and give the customer a free overall evaluation of the condition of the instrument.   If the piano strings, pinblock, and bridges are sound, our piano tuner will perform a pitch adjustment and then a fine tuning to the A440 standard pitch.  If the piano strings, pinblock, and/or bridges are compromised, Charity Kopczeski our piano tuner will perform a pitch adjustment  tuning to put the piano in tune with itself at or near its current pitch and the perform a second (fine) tuning immediately after at the same visit to the home.  Call us today for free information to help you maintain and enjoy your piano, free piano moving referrals, or help with decision making on buying a used piano from a private party. Piano tuning Atlanta by Charity K, 770-876-7340 (call or text).

Piano inspection prior to purchasing a used piano to preclude costly unexpected piano repairs later on

Posted By on February 7, 2013

If you are looking to buy a used piano from a private party in the Atlanta metro area (on Craigslist or a local classified newspaper ad), our piano tuner / technician is available to meet you at the seller’s residence to inspect & evaluate the instrument.  First make sure you like the look of the piano cabinet, the size of the piano suits your needs, and the seller’s asking price for the piano is within your budget.  Our piano tuner will perform tests for tuning pin stability, and thoroughly inspect the action parts, keys, felts, bridges, soundboard/ribs, strings and other parts.  She will let you know what repairs would be needed or helpful, and if the piano will require a tuning pitch adjustment. She will communicate the results of her piano evaluation to you directly, keeping confidentiality (the seller will not be given the results of the inspection).  This will enable you to negotiate the price of the piano from a position of strength.   Getting this inspection done prior to purchasing a used piano gives you the peace of mind that you will receive the value and piano playing enjoyment you expect from your investment.  Call us for more free information, to setup a piano evaluation, or schedule a piano tuning in the Atlanta metro area. Charity Kopczeski, piano tuner / technician  770-876-7340 (call or text).

Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text) * Piano tuning, broken piano string replacement

Posted By on February 4, 2013

If you have a broken piano string on your piano here in Atlanta, our piano tuner can order a new string.  First we need to get the old piano string to send in the measurements of the diameter and the length of the core wire and the winding.  When we receive the new string from the piano string maker, our piano tuner can install the new string and tune the piano completely at the same time.  Because of the greater elasticity of that new string, it will go out of tune faster than the other strings.  Our piano tuner will schedule a follow-up piano tuning of that new string about 2 weeks later to put that new piano string back in tune.  Contact us for a free quote on Piano Tuning or Piano Repairs: Charity Kopczeski, 770-876-7340 (call or text)




Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity K, common minor repairs on pianos 770-876-7340 call or text

Posted By on February 2, 2013

The most common minor piano repairs we see at the time of regular piano tuning home visits in Atlanta include: stuck keys from foreign objects (pennies, toothpicks, debris) getting in between the keys into the key bed, squeaking pedals, sluggish actions, hammer heads rubbing on neighboring hammers, dampers not sitting evenly on the strings, and keys not level.   After a typical one year interval between piano tunings, our piano tuner finds that doing the  most needed minor piano repair will significantly enhance the enjoyment of playing your piano.  Since she is already there tuning the piano, rather than charge customers an unexpectedly additional hourly repair fee, we include up to 15 minutes of free piano repairs at no extra charge.  Contact us for free advice about pianos and a free piano tuning quote, Charity K, 770-876-7340 call or text.

Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text)

Posted By on February 1, 2013

With this colder weather we’ve been having in Atlanta, it’s a great time to snuggle up at home and enjoy playing your piano.   Give us a call this weekend to schedule piano tuning.   Charity, the piano tuner can schedule an appointment day and time convenient for you.  Oh, and ask her to play a song for you on your piano when she’s finished.  You’ll love how much better your piano will sound when it’s in tune! Charity Kopczeski 770-876-7340

Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity 770-876-7340 (call or text)

Posted By on January 31, 2013

Piano cabinets can get scratched up, water stained, and gashed at the corners & edges over time.   Piano cabinet tops are a favorite place for storage of papers, mail, and magazines when space runs out everywhere else in the home.   Clearing off the piano and touching up the cabinet is a great way to showcase the furniture quality and beauty of your instrument.   Next time you call to have Charity Kopczeski tune your piano here in the Atlanta metro area, ask about getting it cleaned inside and out and also having the cabinet touched up while she is there.  Charity is not just a piano tuner, she can provide piano repairs, piano cleaning, piano humidity control system installation/ maintenance, and  piano buying evaluations if you are looking to acquire a used piano from a private party.  Free referrals are also available when you need a piano moved or need playing lessons.  Call or text for a free quote on Piano tuning in the Metro Atlanta area, 770-876-7340

Piano Tuning by Charity, Atlanta 770-876-7340 call or text

Posted By on January 28, 2013

Should I have my piano tuned after the piano is moved from another home?   We recommend letting the piano get used to the new relative humidity environment in the new location for a week before tuning it.   Positioning your piano on an inside wall of your home away from windows, doors, and air vents will help to maintain the stability of the piano tunings, especially here in Atlanta.  This reduces the likelihood that the piano tuner will need to perform more time consuming pitch adjustments, saves time and money, and you enjoy your piano in tune more of the time.


Piano Tuning by Charity, Atlanta 770-876-7340 call or text, older pianos info continued

Posted By on January 26, 2013

Older pianos also tend to develop cracks in the bridges from string tension on the bridge pins over time.  The bridge pins are the stationary termination point of the string opposite the tuning pins.  As cracks widen in the wood bridge, the termination points become less solid, making it easy for the piano to go out of tune especially when the piano is played hard.  Repairs can be made to remedy this problem; the overall value of the piano can be a determining factor as to whether the repair is worth doing .  Call us for free advice on this subject as it relates to your piano, Piano Tuning by Charity Kopczeski in Atlanta, GA  770-876-7340.

Piano tuning issues on older pianos, Piano Tuning Atlanta – by Charity 770-876-7340 call or text

Posted By on January 25, 2013

As pianos age, the pin block (the wooden block that holds the tuning pins tight), can form cracks causing it to lose grip on the tuning pins.  Even when the piano tuner sets the pins exactly in tune, on a piano like this, the tuning pins can slip, causing the piano strings to go out of tune, especially when the piano is played hard.  Generally speaking, pianos manufactured before the 1940’s (in our experience) have had a higher occurance of  this problem.  One way we can sometimes deal with this problem (a compromise) is to tune the piano to its average current pitch, rather than force the tension of the piano strings upward  to the A440 standard pitch.  The better scenerio is often to consider trading up to a more stable piano.

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Posted By on January 25, 2013

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Piano Tuning, Atlanta Discounts for Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff

Posted By on January 20, 2013

Piano tuning & repair service discounts are now available from “Piano Tuning Atlanta by Charity” through the end of the school year for students, faculty and staff at GeorgiaTech University, Call or text Charity Kopczeski , Piano Tuner in Atlanta at 770-876-7340,  A reviewed on Angies List & Super Service Awarded.   Have a great semester, and Go Yellow Jackets!



Piano Tuning in Atlanta today – Humidity-Control Challenges

Posted By on January 12, 2013

Piano owners in Atlanta today, might have discovered their pianos going sharp, because of the high relative humidity. This  is especially true if your piano is near a drafty area, such as an outside wall or windows.   Temperature fluctuations can also change the pitch of the piano tuning, yet only to a much smaller degree, compared to humidity fluctuations.  Because of this, it’s a good idea to keep your piano away from drafty areas and heating /cooling ducts.  This will help keep your piano tuning more stable and help preserve the piano tuner’s work.

Piano Tuning book review:

Posted By on December 28, 2012

Title: My Life with the great Pianists, by Franz Mohr

Franz Mohr did the piano tuning, repairs, and preparation of concert pianos for Horowitz, Van Cliburn and some of the other great concert piano performers through the last several decades.   I met Mr. Mohr in Atlanta, Georgia recently where he spoke of his experiences working with the Steinway Piano Company, and tuning for the great piano performers, particularly Vladimir Horowitz, with whom he had a long lasting working relationship.   Franz is a wonderful Christian man with a rare combination of piano technical skills and a loving patience  for even the most demanding piano artists.

For example, Maestro Vladimir Horowitz wanted to improve his control of the piano keys.  A typical Steinway concert piano action regulation allows for after touch or follow through, i.e. the distance the piano key travels after the jack has been tripped by the let off button in a piano action.   Horowitz, not being a piano technician, did not know how or why he wanted the piano action different, but he felt strongly that his Steinway concert grand piano needed additional preparation for him to maximize the communication of his music to the audience.  Franz worked with Horowitz patiently finally discovering that the all of the after touch needed to be removed from the piano action to satisfy the Maestro’s requirements.   With no after touch, a piano’s hammers normally would dance uncontrollably when played by a piano performing artist.

Mr. Mohr also describes his experiences meeting U.S Presidents and world leaders at the White House.  This book is a great read for anyone, especially those who enjoy the piano world.  Born in Germany, Mr. Mohr has traveled throughout the globe piano tuning for the renown piano artists.  He now lives in New York City, continuing his long standing relationship working with the Steinway piano company.



We’re so happy to be serving the Atlanta area with piano tuning.

Posted By on December 21, 2012

Thank you,  Atlanta. We are enjoying  meeting you, as we provide piano tuning services.

Charity K.

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