Marie Hetzel graduated from the Piano Technician Academy as a Certified
Piano Technician. Her musical history includes several decades fiddling
around on the violin and piano, as well as singing with the Sheboygan
Symphony Chorus and her own local band. Marie plans to continue
studying with local tuners and to further her schooling with the Randy
Potter School of Piano Technnology
. In the meantime, she has been busy
refurbishing and regulating her 1907 Ivers & Pond grand piano.



Your piano should be tuned every six months. (Don’t be embarrassed; I’ve
tuned pianos that haven’t seen a tuning hammer in decades!). Our
Wisconsin heating and cooling seasons have a dramatic effect on your piano.
Summertime brings a large amount of moisture to the air and causes the
wood in your piano to expand. In winter, heating systems dry the air and
cause the wood to shrink. These changes in the wood’s density will cause
the string pressure to fluctuate, which results in an out-of-tune piano.

Your piano contains hundreds of moving parts that wear or break over time.
Does it have dead sounding strings? Slipping tuning pins? Missing or broken
strings? Missing keytops? Sticking keys? Clicking noises? Pedals that
don’t work properly? Please call with any questions, or, if you are scheduling
a tuning, please mention any problems you may have so that I can
schedule a bit of extra time to examine your piano. I’ll provide you with an
estimate before starting a repair.

If you own a car, you’re familiar with regular tune-ups. Your piano is no
different. When the action, keyboard, and pedals work correctly, it is a
pleasure to play. Each time you press a key, a whole chain of events takes
place, and, like any other machine, these parts need to be adjusted. It is
recommended that you have your piano regulated every five to ten years
to increase your playing satisfaction and prolong the life of your piano.

Piano Care Tips
Don't position your piano near a heating or air conditioning vent.
Don't position your piano on an outside wall.
Keep your piano out of direct sunlight.
Don't put plants on top of your piano.
Keep the room temperature and humidity as even as possible.
Don't place beverages on your piano.
Close your grand piano lid when not in use to prevent dust from entering.
Wash your hands before you play the piano.

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