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Kim Barklage
(417) 894-7414
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Barklage Piano Servicing

Tuning and Repairs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why does my piano go out of tune?

A: A major cause for pianos going out of tune is the effect humidity plays on the wood in the piano. Periods of high humidity push the piano sharp, and periods of low humidity push the piano flat. Excessive pounding on the keys will throw the piano out of tune. Moving a piano from one climate to another will throw it out of tune.

Q: How often should my piano be tuned?

A: Piano manufacturers recommend four times a year for the first few years of a new piano, and twice a year afterwards. Performance pianos should be tuned before every performance.

Q: How can I prevent excessive humidity swings from affecting my piano?

A: You can have a humidity control system by dampp chaser installed in your piano. This system contains both a humidifier and de-humidifier controlled by a humidistat that keeps the piano regulated at 45% humidity. These systems help tunings last longer. I am a certified dampp chaser installer.

Q: I'm having my piano moved from one move to another in my house. Will my piano need to be re-tuned?

A: No.

Q: Is it a good idea to buy a piano from Craigslist?

A: This issue varies. You should have the piano inspected by a piano technician prior to buying. Some good deals can be had, as well as bad.

Q: Why did my keys start sticking?

A: Keys can stick for various reasons. The following are just a few causes of sticky keys: Excessive humidity, broken action parts, pens and pencils in the action, and mice nesting in the piano.

Q: What's my old upright worth?

A: Generally, old uprights are not worth much. Old pianos usually have very worn parts that need a lot of repairs or replacement.