David Boyce Piano Services

Piano Tuner in Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, Glasgow, the west of Scotland and beyond. 

Tel: 07714959806 


Chopin Etude in E Maj Op 10 No 3 .mp3

This page provides an overview. Further information on each aspect is provided on other pages.


All acoustic pianos - proper pianos! - need regular tuning. Pianos gradually go out of  tune because changes in humidity and temperature cause wood and metal parts to expand and contract.

A piano that is beautifully in tune has a wholeness and sweetness that draws players and listeners to it.

Twice-yearly tuning suffices for most home pianos, but new ones need more frequent tuning for at least the first couple of years.

Pianos in a recording studio or concert venue will require tuning before almost every use.



The downward movement, about 10mm, of the keys under your fingers transfers by a complex series of mechanical interactions into a movement of around 50mm of felt-covered wooden hammers towards strings. When a piano is new, fine adjustments have been made so that it is responsive, subtle, and even, giving fine control to the player.  Over time, felt parts compress and  wear. Adjustments are needed to keep the action playing responsively. Many pianos, even very fine ones, are allowed to go for decades - perhaps more than a century - without any regulation. That's a pity, for owners could get so much more enjoyment from them if properly regulated.



This is quite different from tuning. Voicing refers to subtly altering the tonal quality of a piano's sound by various means; principally by altering the texture of the hammer felt. By careful work, the piano can be made to sound brighter, or softer and more mellow.  Voicing cannot, however, make a small upright piano sound like a 9' concert grand. Voicing is a subtle and time-consuming art.



Smaller repairs, like replacing a broken string or a damaged action part, can be carried out in the home. For replacing a complete set of action parts, it's best to take the action away for a few days. This saves time spent in the client's home, and avoids the risk of spillage of adhesives etc.


Restoration and Rebuilding:

If a piano is of very high quality but badly worn, it can sometimes be worth carrying out extensive (and expensive) restoration or rebuilding work. This very specialised work is undertaken by relatively few workshops in the UK and like most piano technicians, I am not equipped with premises or facilities for this. I am always happy to advise, if such work is feasible and desired.



It is vital that an upright piano in any public venue where it is moved around should have "rear toe" safety castors.  These allow the piano to be safely and easily moved without the risk of it falling over. Those responsible for public  venues have a 'Duty of Care'. See the separate Piano Castors page of this site for information.

Some home pianos come without castors and the owner later wants to have them fitted.

Piano castors are specialised and available only from piano supply houses. Castors of other kinds bought, for example, in an ironmongers, are unsuitable for pianos.

Fitting castors to an upright piano involves putting it on its back - potentially dangerous if done without the correct equipment and techniques.

I have a piano tilter, the proper equipment for this job, which allows one operator - me! - to safely put the piano on its back, and bring it upright again.

I can supply and fit grand piano castors and A-frames.

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