Category Archives: Piano Tuning

Can I tune my own piano?

Straight from the horses mouth… some wise words here:

It isn’t a job for the layperson I’m afraid – the art of setting the pins must be performed with masterly finesse if the piano is going to stay reasonably in tune for another six months. It took the Sheffield piano tuner many years of practice to become adroit at this and there’s still room for improvement – I’m sure there always will be.

He is right about electronic piano tuning apps as well, in the last ten years they have improved dramatically, although developing a good sense of equal temperament is also a must. When it comes to piano tuning, regulation and servicing – leave it to the professionals! The Sheffield Piano Tuner is always happy to help.

Special hours for Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey piano tuning

A brief window of opportunity for piano tuning in Scarborough and North Yorkshire next week. I shall be able to fit a Scarborough piano tuning in at either 8 PM on Friday the 21st in the evening, or 8 AM on Saturday morning. If you live nearer to Bridlington, a piano tuning on Saturday afternoon would be perfect. I am not in area as much currently as my work demands me to stay in the Sheffield and Leeds areas, so this could be your only chance before 2019!

Merry Christmas

Richard

Why do people think all Piano Tuner-Technicians are blind?

Why do people think piano tuners are blind? A question I often ask myself when I’m out and about in Sheffield, Doncaster or Rotherham.

After the First World War many men returned home blinded by mustard gas. Many retrained in piano tuning as a way to make an honest living. In those days pianos were much more commonplace – most front rooms possessed a parlour piano in the way most living rooms today contain a television or computer, so piano tuners were high in demand.

Even in more recent times the blind were encouraged to learn piano tuning from a young age because, sadly, their parents and teachers didn’t think they were able to do much else. The thinking was that their hearing would be more acute to make up for their lack of sight. Today our society has a different attitude towards disability and with the help of modern computer technology the blind are much less limited in their choice of occupation, so while I still know of several blind piano tuners, it isn’t the case nowadays that the majority of piano tuners are blind.

– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.

New sister page: Piano Tuner Leeds

I now have a sister website providing details for piano tuning customers in Leeds and Bradford: Richard Lidster Piano Tuner Leeds

It contains some duplication but also information more relevant to piano owners in West Yorkshire. I am currently targeting customers in the area in hope of expanding my work, so please direct any piano-owning friends or relatives to my new website. Introductory offers also apply!

– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.

Autumn deals and discounts

For regular customers my current introductory offer still stands – £40 for a first piano tuning in Sheffield, £45 for a first piano tuning outside of Sheffield. However, I now offer several new deals which begin from now until the 1st of December. For schools, universities and churches I only charge £30 per piano tuning, and will perform 5 piano tunings for £100 if all the pianos are in the same premises and all the piano tuning work is booked on the same day (piano repair fees may apply). While this is far below the average rate for a piano tuning in the UK, my reason for offering this deal is to reach out to more customers and expand my business through word of mouth.

Please contact me for further questions about deals, discounts or packages:

Email: richard@pianotunersheffield.co.uk

Phone: 0754 266 7040

Calling Yorkshire Piano Owners

For the last few months I’ve made a concerted effort to expand my business to other parts of Yorkshire and Derbyshire. While most of my piano tuning work in the past has been based around Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, I have started making more trips to other towns and cities, doing a huge amount of promotion in Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, York, Harrogate, Hull, Bridlington, Whitby and Scarborough. If you or anyone you know is in search of a piano tuner, I am currently targeting the following towns:

  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Barnsley
  • Chesterfield
  • Derby
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Manchester
  • Rochdale
  • Huddersfield
  • Halifax
  • Bradford
  • Wakefield
  • Pontefract
  • Leeds
  • Batley
  • Wakefield
  • Bradford
  • Keighley
  • Scunthorpe
  • Grimsby
  • Selby
  • Goole
  • Hull
  • Hornsea
  • Driffield
  • York
  • Harrogate
  • Thirsk
  • Northallerton
  • Richmond
  • Scarborough
  • Whitby
  • Middlesborough

If you or anyone you know live in one of these areas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Travel is not an issue for me, I have my own transport and am happy to make a long visit for piano tuning (although for the foreseeable future there will be an extra £5 charge for fuel costs if I have to make a journey outside Sheffield). Although I live in still live in Sheffield, much of my social life and piano tuning now takes place in North and West Yorkshire.

Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.

New Stock

I’ve just received a parcel from supplier (company selling only to the piano tuner), my third order of 2018. My aim is to have everything I need for 99% of piano repair jobs, so that I can perform every maintenance task on the first visit. I have received:

  • Every size of key bushing felt with a set of bushing wedges.
  • Every size of centre pin for centre pin replacement (a common problem in old pianos).
  • 10 different rolls of piano wire (different gauges).
  • Pin Block for tightening loose tuning pins.
  • 3 Different types of fast-drying glue.
  • A damper spoon regulator which allows me to regulate the dampers without taking the action out.
  • Protek CLP for lubricating any sluggish piano parts.
  • A set of jack springs.
  • A set of damper felts for both upright and grand pianos.

My hourly rate for repair jobs (for piano tuning the standard rate still applies) is £20 per hour plus the price of any parts that have been replaced. If you’re booking a piano tuning or piano repair job, please let me know on the phone before and I’ll make sure I have what I need with me in the car and give you an idea of how long it will take. Whatever the problem is, I’ll have seen it before!

Richard, Piano tuner Sheffield.

Working hours during the Christmas Holiday

For customers in Sheffield and nearby areas I have a few hours left at the following times this week:

  • Wednesday 20th December @ 7 PM
  • Thursday 21st December @ 2 PM
  • Thursday 21st December @ 4 PM
  • Friday 22nd December @ 12 PM
  • Friday 22nd December @ 2 PM

For Scarborough and Whitby customers only have a few remaining slots left this week, but will be working in the area the whole week prior to New Year’s Eve (then I’m back in Sheffield for piano tuning work on the 1st of January). The following two times are available for Scarborough and Whitby customers this weekend:

  • Saturday 23rd December @ 1 PM
  • Saturday 23rd December @ 3 PM

For later bookings feel free to ask me via phone or email.

Piano Tuning Bookings This Week [Sheffield & Scarborough]

For my available times for piano tuning bookings, see the bullet point lists below. The first one is for South Yorkshire customers and the second for piano tuning in North Yorkshire (as far south as Bridlington) and Teesside (as far north as Middlesborough). I update this blog with my weekly availability every Monday and later dates are always available on request!

For customers in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire (Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield, etc), I am free at the following times:

  • Monday the 1st of May @ 6 PM
  • Monday the 1st of May @ 8 PM
  • Tuesday the 2nd @ 10 AM
  • Tuesday the 2nd @ 5 PM
  • Tuesday the 2nd @ 7 PM
  • Wednesday the 3rd @ 10 AM
  • Wednesday the 3rd @ 12 PM
  • Wednesday the 3rd @ 2 PM
  • Wednesday the 3rd @ 4 PM
  • Wednesday the 3rd @ 6 PM
  • Wednesday the 3rd @ 8 PM
  • Thursday the 4th @ 10 AM
  • Thursday the 4th @ 12 PM
  • Thursday the 4th @ 7 PM

For North Yorkshire & Teesside Customers (Whitby, Scarborough, Ravenscar, Guisborough, Pickering, Bridlington, Brotton, Ruswick Bay, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Staithes, Redcar, Thornaby, Stokesly, Middlesbrough, etc) I am available at the following times this week:

  • Friday the 5th of May @ 7 PM
  • Saturday the 6th @ 1 PM
  • Saturday the 6th @ 4 PM
  • Saturday the 6th @ 7 PM
  • Sunday the 7th @ 10 AM
  • Sunday the 7th @ 2 PM
  • Sunday the 7th @ 4 PM
  • Sunday the 7th @ 6 PM
  • Sunday the 7th @ 8 PM

Availability This Week (27-03-17)

I still have plenty of available slots in my diary for piano tuning & repair jobs later this week. I can’t manage any bookings tomorrow (Tuesday the 28th) as I’m spending the whole day tuning a selection of pianos at a secondary school in Totley, Sheffield. However, I’m still looking for new (or old) customers for later in the week, and have the following times free:

  • Wednesday the 29th @ 4 PM
  • Wednesday the 29 @ 6 PM
  • Thursday the 30th @ 2 PM
  • Thursday the 30th @ 4 PM
  • Thursday the 30th @ 6 PM
  • Friday the 31st @ 10 AM
  • Friday the 31st @ 12 PM
  • Friday the 31st @ 2 PM
  • Saturday the 1st of April @ 2 PM
  • Sunday the 2nd of April @ 12 PM
  • Sunday the 2nd of April @ 4 PM

If anyone in North Yorkshire (especially Whitby, Scarborough and nearby areas) or Teesside is reading this wondering when I’ll next be tuning pianos in your area, I will be making two mid-week visits on the 4th of April and the 11th of April respectively, for piano tuning and repair work. If you contact me via phone (0754 266 7040) or by email (Richard@pianotunersheffield.co.uk) I will be happy to book you in at a time best suited to you.

– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.