History behind Hanna Pianos Tuning
A. Hanna & Sons Pianos, family Established Piano Business 1960 – in Wimbledon, London since 1990, two brothers learned how to tune pianos from their father Mr. A. Hanna, who is the founder of the family piano business.
Brothers and one sister started visiting their father’s piano workshop from age of 5 years old, they learnt how to clean the small piano parts, and then step by step they learnt the repair of the piano.
The two brothers went to LCF in London to study and had the qualification in piano tuning, repairs, restoration and piano technology, how to make the pianos. Also at A. Hanna & Sons Pianos there is a professional team of piano tuners, technicians have been in the business since 1970s.
Why does a piano go out of tune?
The piano is a complex instrument with thousands of moving parts. These are affected by changes in temperature, humidity, how often the piano is played and how often it is moved.
Changes in temperature and humidity cause the soundboard to swell and shrink. The soundboard is connected to the piano strings, and this causes the strings to move with the soundboard. Over time, this changes the tension of the strings and makes the piano go out of tune.
These fluctuations can easily be monitored using a hygrometer (temperature and humidity dial), which is simply placed on top of the piano. If the fluctuations are found to be extreme, it may be necessary to install a piano life-saving system. This regulates the humidity level inside the piano and so protects it from excessive damp or dry conditions, therefore prolonging the life of the instrument. (Hygrometers and life-saving systems are available from A. Hanna & Sons Pianos)
If a piano is played often and is situated in a country where rain is frequent, we recommend that it be tuned 3-4 times a year. If however a piano is played less frequently and for recreational use only, then 2-3 times a year should be sufficient.
Piano tuning ensures that the piano provides maximum enjoyment for its owners and maintains a high quality sound.