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Tuning is the process by where string tension is manipulated to a given frequency (usually A440). Generally speaking, most pianos need to be tuned twice per year to maintain pitch (A440) per factory specifications. Pianos that get played frequently or are exposed to less than ideal room conditions may need additional tunings to hold to pitch.
Is your piano going out of tune quickly? Most likely the reason is that the relative humidity (RH) of the room your piano is beyond the normal target range, which is roughly between 40-50% . The Dampp-Chaser Humidity Control System will stabilize the RH of your piano and ultimately result in many long term benefits:
The one factor that affects piano tuning the most is relative humidity. Here in the Midwest, we see two extreme relative humidity fluctuations per year with seasonal changes. Therefore, it is recommended that pianos get tuned twice per year. Newer pianos should be tuned every 4 months during the first two years so that the piano strings settle. It will also improve the tuning stability for the life of your piano.
The tension of the piano strings needs to remain at pitch (A440), and the only way this can be accomplished is to keep up on biannual piano tunings. If a piano sits longer than 6 months without being tuned, the tension of the strings lessens and the tuning stability may be compromised. In addition, the subsequent tuning may cost more because the piano may need to be brought back up to proper tension, or pitch-raised, before a tuning can stabilize.