Mr. P. Ojo Piano Tuner

Piano Tuning Service-Professional, Friendly and Reliable in Balham

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My background

I have been a professional piano tuner for over 22 years in the Balham area, and have worked with a variety of clients, ranging from private customers, families and individuals to music teachers, schools and recording studios. Before trading as a Piano Tuner, I studied for 3 years at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, and qualified as a tuner technician with a RNCB Diploma in tuning and repairs. I am also a full-time member of the Association of Blind Piano Tuners.

Finding a good piano tuner isn't easy, as I am a member of a Professional piano tuning organization this will give you the confidence to use my service as I am backed up by their insurance and quality control.

To get the best out of your piano in Balham and keep it at its peak performance - I recommend regular tuning which will enhance your playing pleasure, and at the same time regular maintenance will prevent the piano from any serious deterioration.

I also offer a wide range of services for your piano, from 'pitch move', which is retuning your piano to concert pitch, to repair of sticky keys, pedals or regulating of action parts. Toning, voicing, fitting castors, key covering, etc.

Piano Assessment and Valuation in Balham. Before you splash out on a secondhand piano in the Balham area, its advisable to get a second opinion from a professional piano tuner.

Appointments avalable in Balham:

Learn about piano care

Tuning Pianos in Balham

You should tune your piano regularly for the best results. The more constant you keep the room's humidity and temperature, the longer your piano stays in tune. I can advise you about humidity control, even installing special devices if required. I can recommend you book tunings on a regular calendar basis. Ask me about setting up a regular tuning appointment for you in Balham. New Pianos or newly restrung pianos should be tuned up to 3 or 4 times in the first year. Afterwards, most pianos settle in and should then be tuned twice annually. Performance or recording pianos will need to be tuned more regularly.

Interior care

Never leave tea or coffee on the piano. You should keep all liquids away, as juice, carbonated drinks, and even water spilled onto a piano can cause warping or other damage. Remember, only a professional should ever clean the inside of a piano, but you can remove dirt with the careful use of a vacuum cleaner. The bass strings should never be touched. Even a tiny amount of grease and dirt from your fingers can cause corrosion, which could make the bass strings buzz or lose their brightness and power.

Keyboard care

You should always leave the fallboard open to allow the air to circulate freely around the keys. The keys must only be ever cleaned by using a soft, damp cloth. Only use water or if the keys are very dirty, an approved piano cleaner. You should never spray liquids directly onto the keyboard.

Furniture

The exterior of the piano should be dusted with a soft duster, and if necessary may be wiped with a damp cloth and carefully dried. Older pianos may be french polished and therefore require greater care, using a polish reviver applied with a clean soft cloth and again polished with a soft duster.

Temperature

Pianos are damaged by extreme heat as well as extreme cold. Ideally, a piano is kept in a room in which the temperature is normal and constant (68 F). The temperature should not be allowed to fall below 45 F and should not exceed 90 F.

Humidity in Balham

Ideally pianos should be kept in a room of constant humidity of between 40-50%, the approximate humidity in the south of the UK during the summer months. In the winter months, when the central heating is switched on during the day, the humidity can drop as low as 20%, rise again during the night when the heating if switched off, then fall again in the morning like a seesaw, causing damage to the soundboard and the wrest plank which keeps the tuning pins tight and therefore in tune. You must never position your piano near a radiator or heat source.

Extremes of humidity and large changes in humidity or temperature are extremely harmful to pianos.

You can place a container filled with water inside the piano, or use special Hydrocell units placed at relevant points inside the piano. An original Hydroceel or a full Damp Chaser system may be more expensive, but do a better job of tackling extremes of humidity and dryness.

For less than 40 you can monitor your piano room's humidity with a hygrometer, search on the internet for "dial humidity gauge" or "hygrometer".

Sunlight

Position your piano away from windows, as direct sunlight will harm the piano's finish, or even cause warping or cracking of the wood.