So, I’m going to be heading to a cabin with my band to do that whole “sequester yourself & finish up these damn songs” things in a couple months. At said cabin, there is a wonderful upright piano that sounds plucky & gorgeous, but also, rather sour. I’d say about half the notes are out of tune.
Now, I understand a professional piano tuning (not counting hammer repairs, restringing, felt replacements, etc.) runs between 130 and 200 bucks. Of course, there’s a big problem: this piano is in a cabin out in the sticks and I’m sure I’d end up paying hundreds just in drive time for the guy. So, my question: is this something your average musician can do? If I had a mic tuner, a good ear, and a lot of patience, could I pull this off?
I just spent a while talking to a neighborhood tuner who recommended tuning every string at 5% above 440 to account for the piano flattening itself. So there’s a little trick. I didn’t want to ask him if I could tune it myself though as…well…that’s his livelihood. I can ask y’all though. Diabolical.