“What does it cost?“ is one of the most common questions I hear. While cost is important to all of us, most often, the piano owner simply does not know what else to ask. If you are calling around to find the best piano technician for you and your piano, the cost is only but one of a number of important considerations. Consider asking these questions:
– Where and when did you learn your craft?
– How long have you been in business?
– Do you tune aurally (by ear) or do you use an electronic aid?
– What recognized institutions. musicians and teachers do you work for?
– Do you invest in continued upgrading and learning, and how?
– Any notable achievements in your carrier?
– and, finally, What does a tuning cost? Will travel costs apply?
Asking questions such as these will give you, the consumer, a better idea of the suitability of the technician for your situation. As in many fields, simply choosing the lowest bid will probably get you the poorest service, and may even require getting the work re-done properly at full cost by an experienced technician.
Currently, My tunings cost $160.- for a piano that is regularly maintained, at pitch and has not been moved. If the last service call was over 3 years ago, a ballpark cost is $200.- Reasoning: On pianos that have not been serviced regularly and/or moved there is always some extra work and catching-up of maintenance/pitch adjustment. Outside Nanaimo, travel costs apply. I try to minimize these by scheduling more than one tuning in the same area when I drive out of town.
For more information, send an email or give me a call. I look forward to talking to you.