How often should I have my piano tuned and serviced?
The Piano Technicians Guild recommends having your piano tuned and serviced by a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) at least twice per year under most circumstances. (That’s the short answer. For much more complete details, see this page of the PTG website.)
What RPTs do you recommend in our area?
I have used all of the following RPTs under various circumstances; all are registered and qualified. You may wish to request price quotes or other details before scheduling service. (Of course, there are other fine RPTs in the area. These are simply ones I’ve worked with personally.)
- Keith Bowman (based in Harrisburg): 717-599-7782, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ron Engle (based in Dillsburg): 717-432-3964, email@example.com
- Ken Jankura (based in Newville): 717-486-3067, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paul McMillin (based in Carlisle): 717-245-0996, email@example.com
My RPT has recommended additional services. What do you think?
RPTs are great at recognizing the potential in whatever instrument they’re looking at. The best of them will ask about your goals for the instrument, any musicians who use the piano, etc., and will recommend only those services that will best support those goals. (E.g., there’s no sense completely rebuilding the action on a piano that will only be used by a 6-year-old to practice “Mary’s Little Lamb.”)
Whenever an RPT recommends service, it can be helpful to remember that nothing about servicing a rehearsal piano is ever urgent—ask the RPT to give you a full briefing on the benefits the service will provide, and take a few weeks to decide whether the benefits are worth the cost in your particular situation.