Settling period

Settling period

I have just inherited my mother’s old piano and moved it into my house. How long should I wait before having it tuned?

You are right in waiting for a period of time after moving a piano before having it tuned. The reason for this is to allow the piano to ‘settle’ after its upheaval and for it to adjust to the temperature and humidity changes that are inevitable after a change in the environment. Even moving the piano from one room in the house to another will require a wait followed by a tuning. Sometimes you will notice the tuning deteriorate quite rapidly but often this decline is more subtle. Two to three weeks is usually sufficient for this settling period but if the piano sounds really offensive then call in your PTA tuner earlier and be prepared to have it tuned again a month or so later.