I service pianos throughout East Idaho and the Jackson, Wyoming area. This includes, but is not limited to: Idaho Falls, Rexburg, Island Park, Blackfoot, Pocatello, Victor, Swan Valley, and Jackson, WY.
As a rule of thumb, pianos should be tuned every 6 months, whether they are being played or not. Pianos used for concert venues and recording studios often require more frequent tuning and care.
Pianos are largely made of wood, including the outer structure and soundboard. These parts react to changes in temperature and humidity, causing the wood to swell and contract. Because of this, the tension on the piano strings changes and the piano goes out of tune.
Because of all this, it is especially important for new pianos to be tuned several times a year for the first few years. This gives the new parts a chance to reach a level of equilibrium and helps optimize the stability and longevity of the piano.
Virtually all pianos are designed to be tuned to a specific, or "standard" pitch. A4 (the A above middle C) is equal to 440 Hz. When a piano has not been tuned for a long time (a year or more), or it has been exposed to changes of temperature or humidity, it can often find itself at a different pitch than A4=440 Hz. In order to get the piano back to the manufacturer's specifications, the piano will often need a "pitch raise."
Correcting a piano's pitch is quite literally bringing the strings of the piano back to their proper tension. This process requires a little extra time because usually takes a rough tuning immediately followed by a fine tuning in order for it to get back to standard pitch.
If the piano needs a particularly large pitch raise, a follow up appointment is often necessary within about 6 weeks as the piano is still equalizing and trying to make up for lost time.
Short answer: Always hire a professional piano mover.
Long answer: Pianos are cumbersome, fragile instruments. They are deceivingly complex and much heavier than you think. Some pianos weigh as much as 800-1000 pounds! You should not attempt to move it by yourself. Because of their inherent complexity and fragility, irreparable damage can be done by those who are not experienced in moving pianos, specifically.
Hire an insured professional piano mover, not just any mover! I would be happy to recommend an insured piano mover to you in your area.
Sometimes. Many pianos are very old and have hidden issues that only an experienced technician can find. DO NOT acquire a piano without first having a technician look at it. A small nominal fee up front can save you many headaches and hundreds of dollars in moving fees. No one wants to have a 500-pound paperweight in their living room!