My tuner rang to say that as it is now 6 months since he last tuned the piano, we should make an appointment for another visit. I told him the piano seems fine and doesn’t need another tuning just yet. Should I have said yes to him anyway?
Yes, you should have made an appointment while he was on the phone to you. He was probably going to be in your area and now you don’t know when he will phone you again if he thinks you are not keen on keeping the piano in good shape. The onus will now be on you to remember to phone him when the piano seems to you to be out of tune which probably means (to the trained ear) it is very out of tune. The idea behind regular six monthly tunings is to make seasonal adjustments to the pitch and keep the tuning to within certain limits; the less the tuner has to move the strings to the correct tension, the more stable the tuning becomes and the less you think you need the tuner because he catches it just before it begins to sound really off pitch. Leave it for much longer than he recommends and you will appreciate why his visits come around so regularly. If you have a tuner who is efficient enough to phone you so regularly that the piano never seems to be out of tune, then he is doing you a service and you should treasure him! (Especially if he is an MPTA)