NJ Piano Tuner Adam Brenner - 973-523-9488

For 20 years Adam Brenner has been a piano tuner and technician servicing all kinds of pianos in New Jersey.  Adam is available for all of your needs.  If you are looking for the best new jersey piano tuner, look no further.

Adam takes great pride in his work and is a professional musician and composer aside from being an excellent piano tuner.  He has two decades of experience and has tuned pianos in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Hudson counties in New Jersey.

Piano Tuner - Bergen County, Passaic County, Essex County, Morris County

With nearly 20 years of piano experience, Adam Brenner Piano Tuner is here for all your piano needs including:

* Piano Tuning
* Piano Repair
* Piano Regulation
* Piano String Replacement
* Broken parts fixed or replaced
* Fix Sticking Keys, Jammed Action Parts

Adam has been repairing and tuning pianos for over twenty years, servicing Educational Institutions, Concert Halls, Night Clubs, Private Homes, Nursing Homes, as well as tuning piaonos for several world class artists including Benny Golson, Ray Bryant, and Ahmad Jamal. When you need piano repair, from piano string replacement to more involved repair work, the experience and craftsmanship of Adam Brenner is what your fine instrument deserves.

              Adam Brenner - NJ Piano Tuner - 973-523-9488

I service these six counties, Bergen Passaic, Morris, Hudson, Union, and Essex, as well as others. Adam Brenner Piano Tuner is proud to service pianos within several communities in New Jersey including:

* Paramus
* Franklin Lakes
* New Milford
* Teaneck, NJ
* Tenafly, NJ
* Bergenfeild, NJ
* Dumont
* Demareset
* Cresskill
* Fort Lee
* Leonia
* Ridgefield Park
* Garfield, NJ
* Lodi, NJ
* Rutherford, NJ
* Bloomfield, NJ
* Montclair, NJ
* Nutley, NJ
* Wayne, NJ
* Clifton, NJ
* Little Falls, NJ
* Cedar Grove, NJ
* Paramus, NJ
* Hackensack, NJ
* Lingston, NJ
* The Caldwells, NJ
* The Oranges, NJ     * Morristown, NJ
* Newark, NJ
* Maplewood,
* Verona, NJ
* Union, NJ
* Passaic, NJ
And many other surrounding cities in Passaic, Bergen, Union, Essex, Morris and Hudson County

For more information of Adam Brenner Piano Tuner, call today at (973) 523-9488

Adam Brenner Piano Tuner
Clifton, NJ

Piano Tuning FAQs

Why Tune My PianoThe tuning of a piano is a systematic method of adjusting, tightening and loosening of the tension of each of the several hundred strings of a piano.  This is done in order to properly pitch each wire or string to sound in a harmonious and beautifully musical way.  Some of the strings need to be tightened or increased in their tension and other strings may need to be loosened or lowered in their tension.
Every string in your piano is connected to a small steel tuning pin which is embedded into a wood block called the pinblock.  A piano tuner uses a special tuning hammer to raise and lower the tension of all of the pins and strings.
There are approximately 230 strings in most pianos and all of them must be properly tuned to certain pitches and frequencies in order to sound musical.

Why Does A Piano Go Out Of Tune?

The reason a piano goes out of tune is because of the changes in the humidity, or the degree of moisture in the air.  Just as in any piece of wood, or in any tree, the moisture in the air causes expansion and contraction depending on the amount of humidity.  Even in large or small pieces of cut wood, as in a piano, the humidity changes can greatly affect the wooden parts including the tiny moving action parts of a piano.  If you've ever noticed a sticky door on a humid or damp day, you get the idea.
In addition, during the cold Winter months, the heat comes on in the house and can dry the wood and cause the soundboard, bridge and other parts of the piano to shrink and the result is usually that the pitch will drop slightly and the piano goes out of tune.  When the pitch drops, it must be brought back up to proper pitch or it
will continually drop until it is corrected properly.
Too little humidity and not enough regular tuning can cause a piano to become essentially un-tunable, cause irreparable cracks in the soundboard and loose or rattling keys.

Newer pianos tend to go out of tune more quickly than older pianos due to the fact that the steel strings are still relatively new and are still stretching.  It's the same principal as putting on a new guitar string.  It needs tuning many times until it settles and starts to blend in with the rest of the older, seasoned strings.  This is why most piano manufacturers recommend at least four tunings within the first year.

Playing the piano also has some effect on the tuning stability.  If a piano is played frequently or played with a heavy or hard touch, it will go out of tune more, but the overall humidity and climate changes from day to day will play a greater factor.

Pianos should not be placed in the home directly next to a heater or air vent, if possible and should preferably be placed next to an inside wall, rather than an outside wall.  In addition, one should avoid having direct sunlight on the piano as
this can also affect the moisture content in the wood and cause tuning instability.

What About Moving A Piano?

Moving a piano can flex the soundboard and cause a piano to go out of tune. Moving it to a different room, house or environment where there is a different humidity level can sometimes also causes changes, which is why a piano that has held its tune very well for many years, when moved to a less stable environment, may suddenly not hold a tune as well.

Every time a piano is moved from one place or home to another, a tuning is required.  Typically a piano should "rest" for a few days to adjust to it's new environment before it is tuned.

How Often Should a Piano be Tuned?

Most piano manufacturers recommend at least four tunings in the first year and two tunings per year thereafter for a typical home piano. This is because of the changes in humidity, and hence tuning due to the changes in season.  So, every six months is the general rule for maintenance after a "break-in" period of a year or so.

Some people like to go as long as a year between tunings. This should be considered minimal and certainly should not go any longer than that. On the other hand, some people who have more sensitive ears, and consider themselves artists, have their piano tuned four times a year or more. Concert halls and recording studios usually tune every performance.

Should a Piano That's Not Played Very Much Be Tuned as Often?

Yes. This is one of the most common misconceptions. Playing has less to do with knocking the piano out of tune as does the humidity. The humidity keeps changing whether anyone is playing the piano or not. So the piano should be tuned whether anyone is playing it or not.

Can the Piano Be Damaged by Not Having it Tuned?

Leaving a piano untuned for several years could do serious and permanent damage to the piano. The strings are under a great deal of tension and tend to loose their tension over time. If the piano is kept untuned for too long you run the risk of the total pitch of the piano dropping. To bring the piano back to standard pitch may cause, at best, the necessity for several tunings over several weeks (at a higher cost) or, at worst, string breakage, and split bridges. Not only that, but playing on a poorly tuned piano can cause a potential musician to subconsciously not enjoy playing and hence, not wish to play.

Many piano owners don't realize that not having a piano tuned regularly may also invalidate the warranty. That is why it is a good idea to keep the tuning receipts your technician gives you after each tuning, to prove that you've kept the piano maintained in case of a warranty claim.

What is a Pitch Raise?

If a piano is kept untuned for too long, or undergoes dramatic humidity extremes, the pitch of all the notes of the piano may drop significantly below A-440 (the physical measurement of a perfectly tuned A natural). The entire piano may be one, two or more notes low. When the piano is under pitch like this, other instruments or singers may have difficulty tuning with the piano.

To rectify the problem, the technician must roughly tune the piano once to "get it in the ball park". By the time he is done with the first tuning, the strings will have stretched out of tune again and the piano will then need one or more finer tunings. A pitch raise is a fairly radical procedure, and the piano will tend to wander out of tune again faster than normal at first, until another tuning some months later. After that the piano will become more stable with consistent tunings.

Some older pianos cannot be brought up to proper pitch, because the strings are rusty or old and may break if too much tension is put suddenly on them, or the wooden bridge may split, causing buzzing notes.

The bad news is that since this requires more time and effort, the technician is likely to charge extra. The good news is that, if regularly tuned thereafter, the piano will not be likely to need a pitch raise again.

What is the Best Location for the Piano?

1. Away from direct heat such as radiators, heat ducts and fireplaces. Leaving a piano next to one of these over several years will do irreparable damage.

2. Away from direct sunlight. The light will discolor or crack the finish and the heat will make the tuning less stable. However, diffused sunlight is usually alright.

3. Away from outside walls, outside doorways and drafts. Outside walls tend to be colder and wetter and cause tuning instability. However, if you have to make a choice between an outside wall and a heating duct, the outside wall is preferable.

4. Out of the basement, if possible. Basements tend to be too wet and may, over time, warp and rust the parts. Also, many basements flood. If you must have the piano in the basement, proper humidity control is essential.