Piano Tuning: How often?
Tune the piano whenever it needs tuning. Concert instruments are tuned every time they’re played. But for most of us, the best way to keep a piano sounding nice is to tune it regularly, on some kind of a schedule, sort of like a haircut, or a manicure, or a pedicure, or an oil change.
Different situations, different pianists, and different pianos require different maintenance schedules.
Yearly maintenance is minimal and is always a good place to start. But one size does not fit all. How the piano has held up since it’s last tuning will let us know if the maintenance schedule is about right or not.
How often depends on the piano, the climate, the pianos environment, and how it’s used, and you.
Humidity fluctuations are the cause of most of the piano’s tuning fluctuation. Most homes in Tucson are relatively stable compared to other parts of the country. “Inside” Relative Humidity is different from “outside” Relative Humidity. In Tucson, just because the RH is 10 – 15% outside doesn’t mean it’s 10 – 15% inside. My first recommendation is to buy a good reliable accurate hygrometer that can be calibrated. Only then will you know what the humidity is in your house. I provide this calibration as part of my service if the hygrometer you have can be calibrated.
Tuning is the first level of piano maintenance.