Most pianos need to be tuned at least twice a year. Use and seasonal changes affect the wood and thus affect the stability of the tuning.
It is important to keep your piano at the proper pitch for a number of reasons:
The soundboard, string scale, and bridges are designed for optimal tone when the strings are at the correct tension. Flat pianos sound tubby and dull, too-sharp pianos sound brittle and too much tension on the strings can cause warping in the wire.
Other instruments, such as brass or woodwind, are unable to "tune Down" to an out-of-tune piano which makes playing in a group that includes these instruments very difficult and sometimes irritating for everyone!
Lastly, young people just learning to appreciate and play music should learn to associate the correct pitch with each note. This can be a challenge to begin with and practicing on an out-of-tune piano is not only unpleasant but can be a severe handicap to new students.
The beauty of the piano is in it's dynamic range. A well-regulated instrument responds to the player and is capable of expressing even the subtlest nuances.
The piano action is comprised of over 9,000 moving components. Over time, wear and other factors can cause these parts to go out of alignment and the piano's responsiveness to be diminished. Regulation consists of a series of adjustments to the action which restore responsiveness, efficiency, and control. The goal is to reestablish the connection between player and instrument to allow the ultimate musical expression.
things do break.
Strings corrode or rust.
Old parts must be repaired or replaced.
These repairs can range from minor adjustments to full rebuilding and redesign.
Fortunately, there are many options to fit most budgets.
The goal is always to help you and your piano make music at your best!