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Piano Tuning Hammers, Tools, Supplies and Books

Pianogoods offers some of the basic tools needed to get started in piano tuning, regulation and repair, but please read the important information below before you get started.

If you are thinking about tuning or repairing your own piano, please understand that it is much more difficult and involved than it looks. If you are interested in exploring Piano Technology as a possible career, and willing to devote months of time to learn just the basics, then we would encourage giving it a try, and we would also urge you to join the Piano Technicians Guild and take advantage of the local meetings, regional conferences, and especially the Annual Convention and Technical Institute.

If you hope to spend a weekend learning how to tune your piano, with the expectation that you will no longer need to hire a qualified piano technician, you will probably be very disappointed. It is not like installing a garage door opener, replacing a kitchen sink, or learning to do home electrical wiring. Those activities require only a few tools, and knowledge that can be learned and applied in a few hours. Learning to tune a piano requires a serious time commitment, proper training (instruction), and lots of hard work and practice. We would also recommend learning on a less expensive piano, as beginners sometimes break strings or can cause other damage.

If starting from scratch, we would recommend a tuning hammer, a temperament strip for practicing aural temperament tuning, two large felt wedge mutes for grand pianos, a wire mute with handle for tuning upright bass strings, a split mute for upright tenor tricords, and a Papp's treble mute for upright treble tuning. The book, "Piano Servicing, Tuning and Rebuilding" by Reblitz is also good to have. Almost every serious piano technician owns this book.