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What is a Pitch Raise?

A pitch raise (more accurately, pitch correction) is simply a quick, rough tuning designed not for accuracy but rather to reset the piano back to an overall, proper pitch (see What is a piano tuning – Pitch).  Due to several reasons, pianos that are too flat or sharp, will not stay in tune if tuned to concert pitch (A above middle C at 440 hertz).  Anything that is further away than 2 hertz is usually sufficient to keep the piano from staying at the pitch that the piano tuner determines sounds great.  And, if the piano is significantly flat or sharp, more than one pitch raise may be necessary.  Only after the piano is close to pitch again can it be properly tuned without fear of the piano quickly drifting out of tune.  Click on the following hyperlinks for more information: 

Makes sense, but can you help me better understand this?

Is this included with the tuning or does it cost extra?

Makes sense, but can you better help me understand this?

Sure!  Golfing is a great analogy.  The tuning is very similar to the putt that sinks the ball.  In this scenario, you are often within 5-10 feet of the hole.  Your stroke is a very controlled, highly finessed tap.  In the same way, the tuning is performed when all of the notes are just slightly out of tune.  Moving the tuning pins are kept to a minimum and the strings tension is raised or lowered in the very smallest increments.  Unless you are a pro, anymore than 10 feet away from the hole and you can often putt the ball close (if you are on the green) but will likely miss it by a few inches or a couple of feet.  Similarly, trying to tune a piano that is just a little more than 2 hertz away from pitch will likely result in a piano that is just shy of sounding great.  If it has been 3-5 years since your piano was last tuned, it will probably have drifted too far and will require a pitch raise prior to the tuning.  This is like being 15 to 20 yards off of the green.  Before you can putt the ball in the hole, you have to lob it onto the green.  And if it has been 15 or more years, chances are you are 300-400 yards from the green and will need to drive it several times (pitch raises) before putting it (tuning).  Keep in mind though that a piano should be tuned a minimum of 2 times per year.  And if it is maintained like this, you will have a piano that sounds good and should never need a pitch correction.

What is a piano tuning?

 

Is this included with a standard tuning or does it cost extra? 

A pitch correction requires more work on the part of the piano tuner and thus costs extra.  However, it is usually discounted significantly from the price of a tuning as it takes one-third to one-half of the time.  And often, if only one pitch raise is necessary, it can be performed in the same visit as the tuning.  If your piano requires more than 1 pitch raise, it is advisable to break it up into 2 separate trips.  One other reason for keeping your piano tuned regularly is that bringing a piano back to pitch increases the likelihood of string breakage (which is out of the control of the piano tuner).

What is a piano tuning?