Piano tuning Houston2023-11-02T16:34:52+00:00

All instruments require regular maintenance, in fact, every time a guitarist picks up a guitar, they tune a few strings. We recommend tuning your piano once a year at a minimum, preferably every 6 months or more frequently.

Jason Burk
Jason Burk
We found a player piano from an estate sale last Sunday that we could not pass up. Such a nostalgic find! We got it under the condition that it doesn't work, but when we got it home, it worked perfectly, except for the fact that it hasn't been tuned in a very long time. While intune with itself, every key was basically a half step down. I called Evan on Monday to schedule a short notice tuning for Tuesday since the house would be quiet the next day. Jose arrived for the appointment the next morning, and wow, not only did he tune the piano, he did it correctly, and with patience, considering the player mechanism was an obstacle to tune around. Also, he tested the tuning by playing an actual composition, which I think helps to identify any faults in tempered tuning. I'm extremely grateful for Evan, Jose, and their knowledge, skills, and expertise.
Brooklyn Kay
Brooklyn Kay
I just had my 1966 Baldwin grand tuned with Jose. He was punctual, respectful of my piano, professional and kind. He was very knowledgeable and explained what he was doing in great detail. I had a few questions about maintaining my pianos quality, and I didn’t feel as though he was trying to money gouge or unecessarily sell me on extra services. I was very impressed with them and will schedule again in the future. Thank you Jose!!
Tad Shirley
Tad Shirley
Restored a 60 year old piano that was in pretty poor shape. Sounds good as new now. Highly recommend.
Grace Gergley
Grace Gergley
We purchased a beautiful 1988 Baldwin Model L piano from Roberts Piano of Houston for my daughter. Evan (owner) was amazing to work with. Evan made us feel welcomed into his shop. He did not pressure us into making a decision on which piano to choose. He did provide us a lot of knowledge and options to choose from. We visited his location twice and Evan answered every single question and concerns we had. We brought in a technician to look over the piano we chose and Evan was very receptive of the idea. Evan was also very responsive to any questions we had. We visited other piano stores and spoke to other piano store sales personnel but it did not compare to the customer service experience we received from Evan. Evan truly listened to what we were looking for and was able present us with options. We never thought we would end up with a grand piano, but my daughter fell in love with it the moment she started playing. My daughter is absolutely in love with her new instrument. She told her voice coach that she can't stop playing her brand new piano! I highly recommend Roberts Piano of Houston and I highly recommend Evan! Thank you Evan! We had an amazing experience at your business!
Tina Franklin
Tina Franklin
Great people!
Noviz MarNev
Noviz MarNev
Mr. Evan is really great to work with. He's very professional and honest. No hard sales. He is very understanding and flexible in discussing some terms when buying the piano. Got the piano 2 weeks ago. He also make sure/ check whatever price advertised online is what it should be. No price hike. The piano I got is Young Chang which is the same piano brand I used to play. It sounds great and maintained.
Sonia Dsouza
Sonia Dsouza
We had awesome experience with our piano purchase ! Evan was so good , knowledgeable and very professional! Absolutely satisfied!
Do you tune by ear?2023-10-22T03:53:25+00:00
With years of experience, at the start of my career, I learnt to tune purely by ear for the first few years. It was good ear training, and helped me associate pitch without the comfort of needles on screens measuring for me. However, I not use apps to support my ear. If you rely on needles you can sometimes miss the harmonicity of the whole piano. But if you don’t have one, I’ve noticed tunings can have incorrect stretches, as the reference notes change.
My tuner said my piano can’t be tuned, what does this mean?2023-10-22T03:53:12+00:00
Piano wire is held at a certain pitch by a pin. In some cases, the tuning pins can go loose on a piano. The block of wood beneath the 200+ tuning pins can crack, usually in a line across multiple pins, making them untunable. The repair is very extensive, requiring removing the action, strings, all the pins, the plate, etc. And costs thousands of dollars. Without this repair, the tuning simply will not last more than a day, or sometimes, minutes.
Why does a piano go out of tune?2023-10-22T03:52:56+00:00

Music has a standard pitch (A440). It allows a pianist to play along with a guitarist, the radio, or Spotify. From the day the piano is manufactured, the strings are pulling against the pin holding them in place. This causes a minute unravelling of the string. The soundboard and bridge also sway with humidity stretching the strings. This unravelling, and stretching changes the speaking length of a string.

A shift in the speaking length of a string creates a variation in pitch. At first this shift in pitch is mild, and creates what some describe as a chorus effect. Now, if the strings remain close to each other, the sound is still pleasant, however, the further away they are from each other the more noticeable the difference.

When you notice unfavorable waiving between notes, it is time to tune your piano! (Or when the pitch starts to drop less than -5 cents from A440)

We just moved, how long should I wait before tuning my piano?2023-10-22T03:51:10+00:00

After many years of suggesting “wait 2-3 months” I now have a more comprehensive answer.

  1. If the piano was tuned regularly before moving and sounded good, then wait 3-6 months, no more.
  2. Should the piano sound very out of tune, say you purchased it from a private seller who was not playing for multiple years. In this case, go ahead and get it tuned straight away if it’s stopping you from playing, and get it tuned within the next 6 months. It may not stay in tune as long, but now you can play straight away.

Regular tuning

  • Tuning to A442
  • Unsticking a few keys

Pitch-raise tuning

  • Tuning to A442
  • Pitch correction
  • Unstick keys
  • Required after 2+ years


With regular tuning you can ensure your piano sounds clean, clear, and responds correctly.


Regulation is the process of adjusting the moving parts to make the keys respond as they would new from the factory, or if the piano is older, as close as possible.


Voicing is the process of softening or hardening the hammers, to make them more pleasing to the ear. This service can be carried out after the piano has been tuned.

Tips for making your tuning last


By maintaining a constant humidity in your home, you can help your piano stay in tune for longer. It may be worth running your AC unit reflecting humidity more than simply heat. If you use a Hygrometer, you can measure the amount of humidity in a room, some more modern devices can keep a record for the rooms humidity over time, avoid high fluctuations!

Tuning after climate shifts

Have your piano tuned after the climate in your city shifts from season to season. As the piano will adjust a few weeks to a couple of months into a temperate change.

Install a lifesaver system

A lifesaver system is a device that reads the humidity and adjusts the environment inside the piano automatically. If the humidity shifts higher than a healthy amount a heat bar dries the air inside the piano. If the humidity drops, water is evaporated safely into the piano. It will help adjust larger swings, however, does not eliminate humidity change entirely. Professional institutions regularly install these as the large rooms are expensive to run AC units constantly. They can be installed at home too!

Some of our clients

Marmo restaurant, Charles Hausmann (UH music lecturer), Birdy (British alternative singer), The Mercantile Montrose (restaurant), Levy Purchasing (working on behalf of Texas A&M)

Roberts Piano provided an Awesome service to my piano tuning and restoration! They are definitely an honest and legit business, Especially Evan is professional ,very knowledgeable and patient with high quality expectations! 100 percent referral to my friends! –

Quan Gu

Excellent service. Piano well tuned upon arrival and double checking all before leaving the piano with me.

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