How much should a piano tuning cost?
The Pianoforte Tuners’ Association, in its Yearbook, publishes a recommended local tuning price which excludes VAT, applies to pianos tuned at least twice a year, the location being within a radius of one mile from the tuner’s base, assumes the tuner to be self-employed and working from home, and does not include additional repairs, pitch raising, etc. It is considered to be the lowest possible amount compatible with a successful business. These figures for 2007 are; in areas where the cost of living is lowest £33.76 and where highest £45.03. Where the cost of living is highest and travel restricts the tunings to four a day, £56.27. In practice, most tuners charge between £45 and £55. What should also be borne in mind is that, being self-employed, the tuner loses out on benefits an employer would normally pay such as days off, paid holidays, pension plan, sick pay, company car and an expense account! All these have to be funded by the tuner himself and must be reflected in his price. If it seems expensive to you then just remind yourself what a plumber would charge for the same amount of time.