STRATING

PIANOS

Piano Tuning and Repairs in Tasmania

ABOUT US

Strating Pianos was established in 2018. Alistair Strating is a 2nd generation piano tuner, having been trained and mentored by his father Bert Strating. Strating pianos follows sound and proven traditions of piano tuning and restoration practices for all pianos both modern and vintage. We pride ourselves in providing professional, prompt and affordable services for all our customers.

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Alistair is also a trained musician playing both piano and French horn. His musical adventures have taken him to both national and international settings. Highlights include: Azimus – a four piece original band, Musical Theatre pit orchestras, Sambeek Wind Symphony (Netherlands) and University of Tasmania Wind Orchestra.

 

TUNING PIANOS

Prices start from $180 and a piano tune takes around 1.5 hours to complete. Minor repairs and regulation are undertaken during this time. Pianos need to be tuned regularly. Strating Pianos recommends having pianos tuned at least once a year and twice a year for pianos that get a lot of use.

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There are many factors that influence how well a piano stays in tune but two that are possible to control in your house are temperature and humidity. Keeping an upright against an internal wall or well insulated outer wall away from direct sunlight is recommended. Strating Pianos can give you advice on how to manage this in your home.

Strating pianos uses a tuning method that is modelled on the Yamaha tuning method. The process starts with tuning a single note – A220 to a trusted pitch – either using a tuning fork or digital tuner. From this single reference note all other notes on a piano are tuned. Tuning starts by setting the temperament octave which spans from F3 to F4 using a series of intervals – Major 3rds, Perfect 4ths and 5ths, Major 6ths and Octaves. From this temperament octave the rest of the piano is tuned.

Tuning a piano is not like tuning a guitar or other stringed instruments. Not only does a piano have about 230 strings, it also has much higher string tensions. In a concert grand, one bass string can have as much as 200kg of string tension – no wonder concert grands are faced away from the audience! All these individual string tensions combined means a piano can have a combined tension of between 20 and 30 tonne! Pianos can go in and out of tune when this tension changes. Keeping a piano at pitch is about having this tension stable.

Strating Pianos recommends having pianos tuned at concert pitch. The international standard is A440. If your piano is well under this pitch, you may need to have the piano pitch raised. There are risks involved in this process and sometimes pianos need to be tuned to a lower pitch. Strating Pianos will talk you through the options before starting work. 

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Minor repairs can be done at the same time as a tune.

More complicated repairs that require specialty equipment will require the action to be removed and brought back to the Strating Pianos workshop.

Customers will always be given a quote before work is started.

RESTORING & RECONDITIONING PIANOS

At Strating Pianos, we thrive on seeing old pianos restored to their former glory. Many of the pianos made around the early 19th century were absolutely stunning. In Tasmania, we are lucky to have a climate that helps to preserve some of these old gems. Contact Strating Pianos for a quote to restore your piano to your specifications.

Restoration can include

   New Keytops

   New Pedals

Case Repairs

Iron Frame Repainting

   New Treble & Bass Strings

   New Hammers

New Damper Felts

Sound Board Repairs

PIANO REPAIRS

Minor repairs can be done at the same time as a tune.

More complicated repairs that require specialty equipment will require the action to be removed and brought back to the Strating Pianos workshop.

Customers will always be given a quote before work is started.

OUR PRICING PLANS

Contact Strating Pianos for an accurate quote. The following pricing plans are approximate.

Pianos for sale

Strating Pianos recondition and sell uprights and grand pianos for all budgets. Prices include delivery in the Launceston area and one free tune once the piano has settled. Pianos can be delivered outside the Launceston area. Please contact Strating Pianos for a quote.

1910 Richard Lipp Grand Piano $SOLD

1910 Richard Lipp Grand Piano $SOLD

Selling my personal piano - New hammers, Full restring, new keytops. Sounds and plays amazingly! I will be sad to see this piano go but need to make room for a Yamaha C7!
Gerb. Zimmermann SOLD

Gerb. Zimmermann SOLD

This Zimmermann is a delightful piano. Action has been reconditioned and fully regulated. Not much wear for such an old instrument. Tuning pins are super tight and it is very stable. Also has a practice pedal. Beautiful rich warm sound.

Alex Steinbach 108cm $SOLD

Alex Steinbach 108cm $SOLD

This is a 1980s Alex Steinbach 108cm upright piano. It is in excellent condition. I have given the piano a full service and tuning to concert pitch. Comes with a matching stool.

Young Chang G185 $SOLD

Young Chang G185 $SOLD

1994 Young Chang grand piano. This is a fantastic piano that would make any pianist happy! I have reconditioned the action and installed some new parts to make this piano play and sound very awesome! An incredibly good value piano with a deep bass and sparkly treble....

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HAPPY CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Thanks to Strating Pianos, our humble little family piano that has been passed down over the decades with not much care now plays and sounds lovely again. I highly recommend Alistair – nothing is too much trouble for him, and he brings a sense of care and professionalism to his work that makes the end product so satisfying.

Rebecca Jee

He gave me a lesson for my repairs today. Cannot rate him higher!!! 20 out of 10! I learnt so much and I achieved work of my own with Alistair’s direction! 👏👏👏👏 
I feel certain he’ll be back for more lessons😊

Megan Lewis

There are many notes on a piano, as there are many layers to human hearing. In working with and tuning pianos, Alistair gives his attention to each note and the harmonic effect it has on the piano, and on the listener. Fine tuning skills come with experience as a player and as a listener. Alistair has the hearing skills and the playing experience to invigorate a piano. His work here, is true tuning for the joy of the listener.

Steve Davis

Thanks Alistair, I got home yesterday evening and the piano is perfect!!! It looks so good in the house and sounds just divine.  Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!!!

Tash Parker

The piano sounds and plays like a new piano and I am delighted with it. The action is much faster and lighter so I am having to concentrate on technique to play evenly. The tone is so much brighter and the dynamic range is really amazing!  I cannot thank you enough. I am looking forward to putting in some regular practise time.

Margaret Ridgers

Contact Us

Alistair Strating

3 Eiger Court, Grindelwald

Tasmania, 7277

0439912676

alistair.strating@gmail.com

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