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Rogers Piano Services | Battle Ground, WA 98604 | 360-907-0684

Roger's Piano Services
Battle Ground, WA. 98604
Phone (360) 907-0684
Proudly servicing customers within a 35-mile radius of Battle Ground,WA.
Service Area:
Amboy - 98601
Battle Ground - 98604
Brush Prairie - 98606
Camas - 98607
Castle Rock - 98611
Chelatchie - 98601
Heisson - 98622
Kalama - 98625
Kelso 98626
La Center - 98629
  Longview - 98632
Ridgefield - 98642
Vancouver - 98660, 98661, 98662, 98663, 98664, 98665, 98666, 98668, 98682, 98683, 98684, 98685, 98686, 98687
Washougal - 98671
Woodland - 98674
Yacolt - 98675

Portland Metro Area
Beaverton, OR - 97005, 97225
Bethany, OR - 97229
Boring, OR - 97009
Clackamas, OR - 97015
Damascus, OR - 97089
Fairview, OR - 97024
Gladstone, OR - 97027
Gresham, OR - 97030, 97080
Hillsboro, OR - 97123, 97124
Hillsdale, OR - 97239
Lake Oswego, OR - 97034
Lents, OR - 97266
Milwaukie, OR - 97222
Montavilla, OR - 97215
North Portland, OR - 97203, 97210, 97211, 97212, 97227, 97218, 97217, 97213
  Oak Grove, OR - 97267
Oregon City, OR - 97045
Parkrose, OR - 97220
Portland Metro Area
 - 97201, 97204, 97208, 97209
Rainier, OR - 97048
Sandy, OR - 97055, 97230
Scappoose, OR - 97056
Sellwood-Moreland, OR - 97202
Sherwood, OR - 97140
ST. Helens, OR - 97018, 97051, 97053
Tigard, OR 97223
Troutdale, OR - 97060
Tualatin, OR - 97224
West Linn, OR - 97068
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How often should my piano be tuned?

We recommend that pianos in homes be tuned at least once per year. A new piano will need to be tuned more frequently for the first year or two while the instrument settles in and becomes stable.

Pianos in churches, music schools and teacher's pianos are generally tuned more frequently as they receive heavier usage. Many times concert and studio pianos are tuned before every recording or concert.

Why do pianos go out of tune?

Piano strings are under a great deal of tension that is supported by the piano rim, the plate, pinblock, tuning pins, bridges, and the soundboard. All of these components are affected by changes in temperature and humidity, and even by playing the piano.

Pianos are built mostly out of wood. As the wood swells or contracts with changes in humidity and temperature, the tension on the strings will change.

The strings are held at the proper tension by the tuning pins. These pins are held tightly in place in the pin block by friction. Playing the piano will eventually cause the tuning pins to move – ever so slightly- but enough to change the tension on the strings. As pianos age, the pin block can lose some of that friction or even become cracked, making it impossible for the piano to stay in tune. The good news is that when properly cared for, most pianos can last 100 years or more.

How long will it take to tune my piano?

The average time for tuning is about 2 hours. If a piano has not been tuned for a long period of time it may require a little more.

If the piano has been sitting for a very long time, it may need a "pitch raise" to bring it back to the standard concert pitch (A440). This adds about one more hour to the job for a total of about 3 hours.

What is a pitch raise?

Conditions of fluctuating temperatures, humidity and/or not tuning your instrument regularly may cause the pitch of your piano to slip below that of concert pitch (A440) and you may wish to have the pitch raised.

Pianos are specifically designed to sound there best when tuned to the standard concert pitch. Although it is possible to tune a piano below the standard pitch, you may not be happy with the results.

What is regulating or regulation of a piano?

Over time, the piano's action (the moving parts) will slowly go out of adjustment due to being worn down from hours of play. The keys may feel loose to the touch. Some notes may cause the hammer may bounce or double strike the strings unintentionally. It may become difficult to achieve the power desired for loud passages or the control needed to play very softly.

Regulating the action of a piano is simply the adjusting of all of those thousands of parts to work together as the factory designed them to work. When this is done properly, the pianist has the optimal control over the way the hammers strike the strings. The pianist can then focus on musical expression instead of fighting against a worn out instrument.

What does it mean to "Restore" a piano?

Piano "Restoration" means to put the piano back to a condition just like new. This is a very expensive procedure that involves complete disassembly of the piano, refinishing the case, and replacing every part that is worn with a new part.

Piano Restoration is usually done only on very high quality instruments or pianos with significant historical or sentimental value.

In most cases it is better to "Recondition" a piano. This is a much less costly procedure that involves repairing and re-adjusting parts to work like new and replacing parts that are beyond repair. The piano finish can be cleaned and touched up to make the piano look wonderful without a complete refinishing of the case.

Reconditioning will often involve replacing the strings and/or hammers. This is a major factor in improving the sound of an older piano to bring back the rich vibrant voice that it had as a new instrument.

We are happy to work with our customers to recondition pianos to meet their aesthetic and economic goals. If appropriate we will also be happy to do a complete Restoration.

What can I do to maintain my piano properly?

  • Have your piano tuned at least once a year.

  • Have your piano checked for any potential structural issues that could develop into future problems.

  • Keep your piano in a temperature controlled environment that has as little fluctuation of temperature as possible.

  • Keep all foreign objects away from your piano like: crayons, pencils, rings, small hair barrettes, sewing needles, small toys, etc...

  • Do not eat at the piano.

  • Do not have your drinks sitting on top of or around your piano.

  • Remove all plants from the top of your piano.

  • Respect this most wonderful musical instrument.

What should I clean my piano with?

If the outside casing of your piano is made of wood, many families simply use their favorite wood cleaner or the same furniture polish that they use on the other fine wood furniture in their home. On pianos with a high-gloss finish, there are some special cleaning products on the market for those types of surfaces. Be very careful that no liquid ever seeps into the cracks between the keys as you could have problems with sticking keys.

Interior cleaning of a piano is a very delicate job, therefore it should be done only by a professional!

There are climate control devices made specifically for pianos and can contribute to the life of the piano when environmental conditions might otherwise harm your piano.