Fee Schedule

At Chicago Piano Tuners, we pride ourselves not only on the quality of tuning that you’ll receive but in providing the most professional service you’ve received from a piano tuner.  We’ll treat your home as if it were our own.  We promise to leave no trace other than a well cleaned and tuned piano. If your piano is in disrepair and you’re not sure if a simple tune or pitch raise will solve your issue, we offer a free telephone or video chat consultation and will be able to quote your service call over the phone.

Tuning Pianos

The nature of tuning pianos is more complex than most realize.  The sheer number of strings in the instrument puts tremendous pressure on the housing.  As such, tuning a string (especially the thicker, stronger bass strings) has an effect on the rest of the strings of the piano. It’s simply not as simple as tuning each string and leaving. With master techniques, a trained ear, state-of-the-art software, and a little patience Chicago Piano Tuners will have your piano expertly tuned whether your a novice looking to tune your first piano or a concert pianist preparing for a major performance.

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Basic Tuning

Our standard tuning package is the most affordable way to maintain your piano in the long term and requires a piano that has been tuned within the last 6-12 months. In our standard service, we’ll come to your house, and spend about 45-75 minutes making fine adjustments to your piano’s tuning. We offer discounted rates when appointments are scheduled every 6 months, call for more details!

Pitch Raise

A Pitch Raise is necessary when more than 50 percent of the piano is 20 cents flat or greater. Common scenarios include a piano that has just been moved, inherited, kept in a non-ideal climate, or purchased from a private seller. There is anywhere from 18-30 tons of string tension on the piano’s plate. When the overall pitch of the piano drops a significant amount, it requires a greater effort to set the pitch back to A-440hz.

Tuning and Cleaning

For grand piano owners, you may notice that dust and other household contaminates such as pet hair can accumulate underneath the piano’s strings and get into other hard to reach areas. It is not recommended to attempt to clean these areas yourself, as the soundboard and string dampers can be easily damaged and not so easily repaired. Let us detail the inside of your piano and make you proud to show it off when your friends and family come over!


Standard Tuning

  • A standard tuning is appropriate if your piano has been tuned in the last 6-12 months. We will check for sticking keys, squeaking pedals, wobbly bench legs, and tighten any loose screws as part of our multi-point inspection that comes with the standard tuning.
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Pitch Raise Tuning

  • If it’s been more than 12-18 months since your last service call, you’ll likely need a pitch raise. Your piano will be up to pitch, and ready to play again! (Includes everything from the standard tuning including multi-point inspection).
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