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64 Paquette Rd
St. Albans Vt. 05478
United States

802.343.1333

Piano tuning, repair, sales and, restoration/rebuilding service. Tuning  pianos throughout the Burlington Vt area as well as Franklin Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties of Vermont

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Services

To make an appointment call 802-343-1333

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Regular Tuning Rate: $100                                                                                  Tuning:          

  For every tuning appointment I make sure to have enough time for an excellent tuning, and time to evaluate your piano. This also gives us time to discuss your pianos condition so you can make informed decisions about the care of your instrument. I will also take care of any minor repair, cleaning, regulation, or voicing your piano may need. If it can be taken care of in a few minutes, it will be.

  This regular service is what helps maintain your piano at an optimal level of performance. It also prevents small problems from turning into larger ones. If your piano has suffered long periods without any regular maintenance it may be a good idea to schedule some extra time so we can get it back on track. A highly skilled and experienced piano technician can often make a huge improvement in your pianos touch & tone in as little as an hour or two. The goal is for you to be very happy with the quality of my work and surprised by the value.

  Most piano manufacturers recommended that pianos be tuned at least twice per year. I generally agree, although it depends on the climate and the particular piano some need more frequent tunings, and some do fine with tuning once a year.

If your piano has not been tuned in years it will likely require two tunings during the first visit. This is referred to as a Pitch Raise: $150

  I service the following areas Burlington, S.Burlington, Charlotte, Shelburne, Colchester, Essex, Essex Jct., Williston, Winooski, Milton, Georgia, St. Albans, Jericho, Underhill, Stowe, Waterbury, Barre, & Montpelier.

Repair

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Minor repairs such as sticky keys, missing key tops, and minor case touch up can be performed in the home. More involved repair will take place in our shop. Hammer replacement, key top replacement and action repair or rebuilding are jobs that may take place in the shop.

Cleaning

Having your piano professionally cleaned inside and out can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your piano. Dust and debris that builds up in your piano attracts moisture which promotes corrosion. This dust can also be a health concern for sensitive individuals and those with allergies. After a thorough cleaning your piano can be kept clean easily with a quick vacuuming at each tuning.

Having your piano professionally cleaned inside and out can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your piano. Dust and debris that builds up in your piano attracts moisture which promotes corrosion. This dust can also be a health concern for sensitive individuals and those with allergies. After a thorough cleaning your piano can be kept clean easily with a quick vacuuming at each tuning.

Regulation       

You can learn more bout Upright regulation HERE  or Grand regulation HERE

Regulation is the adjustment of the mechanical components of the piano. There are more than 35 adjustments for each of the 88 keys in a piano. These adjustments are needed to account for wear and compression of the felt and leather. Seasonal changes in relative humidity also affect the piano causing expansion and contraction of the wood and metal parts of your piano. Having your piano regulated every 2-5 years depending on use will make your piano play it's best with a nice even and consistent touch from key to key.

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Voicing

Voicing or tone regulating is the adjustment of the tonal character of the piano. Voicing is also used to create an even tone from key to key. This is accomplished by changing the density, tension, shape, and weight of the hammers. As the piano is played the hammer felt compresses and the strings create grooves in the hammers. Voicing can make a significant improvement in your pianos tone, making the piano easier and more enjoyable to play. If you are not happy with the tone of your piano let me know and we will work on the voicing of your piano. You really have to hear the difference to believe it, as it can be quite profound changing a bright shrill piano with little sustain to a nice warm, rich, singing tone that is easier to control.

Rebuilding

Piano rebuilding is one of my favorite parts of the piano business.

  Rebuilding involves repairing or replacing all parts necessary to return the piano to a like new level of performance and appearance. Vermont Piano Service will work with you to tailor the rebuild of your piano to meet both performance and budget expectations. Depending on the needs of the specific piano some or all of the following components will be repaired or replaced including tuning pins, strings, pin block,  action parts, hammers, dampers,  soundboard, bridges, key tops, pedal assembly, and hardware as well as refinishing. The most commonly rebuilt piano brands are Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Knabe, Chickering, Bechstein, Bosendorfer, Bluthner, Yamaha, Kawai and other high quality pianos.

Moving

Professional Piano moving available. We are often asked whether a piano needs to be tuned after moving. If the piano is being moved long distance the answer is yes it should be tuned 2-4 weeks after the move. This gives the piano time to acclimate to it's new environment. If the move is local, say from Essex Jct to Williston or Burlington to Shelburne then the piano will be fine without tuning, although an extra tuning never hurts. It is only when a piano is moved from one climate or climatic condition to another that it will go out of tune dramatically.


Humidity Control

 

Humidity control is very important for your piano. Preventing sudden changes or extremes in the relative humidity prolongs the life of your piano. Your piano will also stay in tune longer with less change throughout the seasons.

  There are a couple of ways to protect your piano from very damp or very dry conditions. The first and best is to control the temperature and humidity level in the whole room in which your piano resides. This option can be expensive and requires running a dehumidifier or air conditioner in the Summer and a humidifier in the Winter.

    The other option is having a Damp Chaser climate control system installed directly on your piano these require a small amount of maintenance and the cost to operate them is negligible.  I would be glad to answer any questions you have about climate control