How much does a piano tuner cost?

Average cost in 20149: $150 See National

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The average cost for a piano tuner is $150. You are likely to spend between $120 and $190 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

Next Step: Find out exactly how much your project will cost.

Pianos are delicate instruments that need consistent tuning and maintenance. Fortunately certain professionals provide expert piano tuning and repairs. Costs depend on where you live, what kind of piano you have and its age. A frequently played piano requires tuning every few months, while a lightly played piano could go a year or more without tuning.

Estimates

Some piano tuners will ask questions over the phone and give you an estimate; others require seeing and hearing the piano for themselves before they will offer a quote. If a piano can’t be tuned, some professionals offer inspection services for a fee to better understand what repairs are needed and how much they will cost.

Flat rate versus hourly

Some tuners charge a flat rate for their services. For example, Piano Doctor of McKinney, Texas, charges $85 for a standard piano tuning. Others charge by the hour. Most repairs are usually extra, with the exception of certain smaller ones. As a general rule, more expensive piano tuners will likely charge a flat rate, while less expensive pros might charge a la carte for various services.

Additional services

Piano tuners offer a wide variety of services for various prices. Quality Piano Service of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, offers the following common tuning and repair services:

  • Pitch correction: $15 to $150

  • Tuning: $120

  • Repairs: $50 per hour

  • Voicing: $150 to $600

  • Grand action reconditioning and regulation: $2,500 to $3,500

  • Vertical action reconditioning and regulation: $800 to $2,500

  • Soundboard cleaning: $100 to $150

  • Climate control installation: $450 to $800

  • Installation of under-covers: $250 to $350

  • String cover installation: $250 to $350

  • Grand action rebuilding: $5,000 to $8,000

  • Vertical action rebuilding: $4,000

  • Evaluations: $100 to $250

Age

New or recently restrung pianos require tuning more frequently than older pianos because the new strings are stretching. However, an older, neglected piano usually requires more extensive repairs and refinements before tuning, which will make the overall cost higher than with a standard tuning. Also, the more out of tune a piano, the more the tuning might cost.

Location

Piano tuning and repair professionals charge different rates depending on where you are located. If the piano tuner must travel beyond a certain distance, he or she may charge a small travel fee.

Level of service

Some lower-priced tuners might simply readjust a piano’s strings. More meticulous (and expensive) professionals typically look at other aspects of the piano, such a squeaky foot pedal or a "sticky" key.

Certification

A select few piano tuners are certified as Registered Piano Technicians (RPTs), but that’s not necessarily a measure of their quality. Many unregistered piano tuners have as much experience and are just as outstanding.

Cost-saving strategies

Don’t waste your money getting a piano tuned until it’s been in its current location for three months, recommends Eddy Visser of Houston.

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Recent reviews

Stosich Piano Tuning

Had a great piano tuning experience with David! He was very knowledgeable about pianos, spent a lot of time educating me on my specific instrument and all the options that were available to me. He quoted me a very realistic higher number than others did, and after much consultation with him about what my old and frail piano could handle we went with the cheaper tuning as that was all our piano could bear without breaking. We will definitely continue to use him for our future tunings, as well as use him to assess potential pianos that we look into buying in the future. Very happy with our experience!

Jim Sexton Piano Tuning

Jim did a thorough job tuning our church pianos, communicating upfront needed repairs and completing the project at a fair, reasonable price.

Smith's Piano Craft - Chris Smith, Piano Tuner/Technician

Chris came today to try to tune our very old piano, which had been sitting unplayed for years. He gave us an honest, no-nonsense assessment and said the piano was not worth the high cost of repairs. Kudos to an honest man! I highly recommend this true gentleman to anyone who needs assistance with repairs or estimates!!