Piano Tuning Bournemouth Poole & Christchurch, Dorset



Looking for piano repair/restorations…

Please phone or email or text any time for an immediate reply of piano tuning cost, please include your post code.

Tel: 07801 541058

Email: nigelrware@mac.com

  • Former County Council Contractors for Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, Harrow & Buck Schools.
  • Tunings for Radio 4 and various musical colleges.
  • Established since 1953.
  • Combined experience of over 100 years.
  • Safe hands for the best advice in the South.


I began learning the trade of a piano tuner from the age of just 8 years old (1976) thanks to my Father teaching the trade to me very early on.

Pianos need tuning from as much as three times a year for the heavy used pianos and as little as once a year for the lesser used pianos. Yamaha pianos are by far the most popular new pianos I tune the most these days, but in days gone by in the 1970s and 80s I was tuning mainly 1930’s pianos Bechsteins, Bluthners and a whole host of other long gone names. My main time was taken up with tuning school pianos, as we had the County Council contracts for Dorset, Hampshire and in the 1990’s West Sussex as the Government ended contract works for piano tuning.

We had the largest private piano tuning round for the Dorset area mainly thanks to my Father leaving a piano shop with all their clients in the late 1950’s! Then we were successful acquiring more private piano clients via the school contracts, teachers and the like.

How it works.

Very often I can make sure your piano will be tuned to A440 Hz concert pitch which is important mainly for accompaniment, on the odd occasion pianos may need multiple tunings if it has lost its tension to concert pitch and is as much as a one tone flat. But most common is between 30-40 minutes one tuning which will not be required again for a further one year.

During piano tuning I can also check for any other defects that may in time effect the playing and tone and may accelerate any extra wear and tear, there for I would be able to save you money and stress later. This aspect is important during piano tuning as every now and again I am called out to a piano that is very much beyond any help due to being neglected over the years with no tuning or competent technician in attendance.

Fine tuning.

Fine tuning is something we have always done routinely, and it essentially means we “set the pins” which is not always taught to piano tuners and thus many tuners if not all have very little knowledge on this in our local Dorset area. Setting the pins means we tune in a specific way as to secure the pianos tuning to last and stay in tune over a longer period.


Most modern pianos these days deal quite well with heated homes, under floor heating is something that no piano handles very well and pianos in these homes need an extra eye kept out on them. The main reason for the 180lb tension on each string losing its tune is humidity or dryness, and over a course of a year in some older properties this can vary greatly. For modern homes with double or triple glazing you need to keep an eye on the humidity with an actual gauge, and you need to keep as close to 40%-60% humidity as possible. A real fire/wood burner in an average size house is fantastic to draw new air in and circulate during the winter months to stop the modern heating just drying out the atmosphere.

I travel all over the South for piano tuning and charges do vary depending on distances, please get in touch for a quote.