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Services

With training from New York and Florida, and after tuning pianos for clients such as Opera Omaha, Vincennes University, and Primary Sound Studios, Justin Bird has been tuning pianos for over 10 years, and is now situated in Auckland, NZ. He combines the accuracy of electronic strobe tuning with tuning by ear, which results in better sounding instruments by accommodating any natural pitch inconsistencies and flaws.

Regular tuning sessions include complimentary regulation of the pedals, cleaning the key tops, tightening any screws, and light voicing. Service is provided to the complete Auckland area, and payments can be made online here or by clicking Pay Online.

 

 

Technician

Justin Bird

Hours

M-Sa 8a–9p | Su 1p–9p

Phone

027 587 2352

Email

hello@justintune.co.nz

 

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Pricing

 

Grand or Upright Piano Tuning Session:  $120 (2 hours)

 

Pitch Raise (one semitone or more):  $60 (1 hour)

 

 

Action Disassembly Fee for repairs:  $20

 

Cleaning and Polishing:  Uprights $30,  Grands $60

 

Hammer Reshaping and Voicing:  $80 (90 minutes)

 

 

Birdcage or Overdamper Pianos:  $160 (3 hours)

 

 

Consultations and Appraisels:  $30 (30 minutes)

 

 

 

 
 

Reviews

We here at Opera Omaha had Justin tune our pianos several times over the last season, and I can’t recommend him enough. He was consistently on time and available, and he was thorough. He has a great ear and is extremely kind. If you’re looking for a solid piano tuner who can help you again and again, look no further.
— Jesse Koza
“Justin was fabulous at tuning our piano. He takes great pride in his work and his ear is so fine tuned, that he can tell when it’s not quite right and works to make it perfect! He is thorough and very professional, and we have been very sad to see him leave town.”
— Ashley Inselman
“Justin Bird did a great job in my baby grand and really recommend his work, he is also an excellent pianist, which helps a lot while communicating problems on the instrument.”
— Daniel Inamorato dos Santos
“Justin was very easy to communicate with, on time, and did a fantastic job. I have had a lot of piano tuners and I highly recommend Justin.”
— John Swihart
“A lovely experience… Justin tuned my grandmother’s piano which had been in storage for a very long time. Not only does it sound beautiful now, Justin’s glorious playing during the tuning was completely enjoyable.”
— Mary Furlong
“Justin was very prompt and proficient! Our piano had not been tuned for many years and several keys were out of tune quite badly. He did a fantastic job of getting it to sound great again. Would definitely recommend!”
— 1st Pentecostal Church, Bloomfield
Justin did a great job tuning my piano - he was very thorough and took a lot of time. His rate was very reasonable for the amount of time he spent. He also took time to figure out how old my piano is because I wasn’t sure but wanted to know. He was very polite, respectful and cleaned up after his work was done. It was also fun to listen to him play, he is a very talented pianist. I would absolutely recommend Justin to my friends and family.
— Jill Hanson
“Excellent service. Justin tuned our piano beautifully. He is very professional and a pleasure to work with. I definitely recommend him.”
— Laura Scheper
“Tuned my baby grand and my mother’s spinet. Be ready to hear some beautiful playing while he tunes. I will be getting all of my future tunings from Justin.”
— Richard Hasselburg
“Justin did a beautiful job tuning our piano. He took great care in the work, and did it at a very reasonable price. I recommend him to those who need a tuner. We are extremely pleased!”
— Brianna Bell
“Justin is awesome! Friendly and professional. Did a great job tuning our piano. Highly recommend him and his work.”
— Elan Rajamani

FAQ

 

How often should a piano be tuned?

At least once a year for most pianos. If the seasonal changes and fluctuating humidity are affecting tuning stability, or the piano is old, and has loose tuning pins, every 6 months might be necessary. A piano will generally need tuning after shifting, although it is a good idea to let a piano settle for a couple of weeks after shifting before being tuned.

What is a pitch raise?

A pitch raise is a preliminary piano tuning performed prior to a regular tuning, and it changes the overall tension on your piano’s structure. A pitch correction can be one of the most ‘painful’ experiences a piano can go through during its lifetime. There are over 200 strings in your piano that must be adjusted and tightened, which increases pressure on the soundboard, bridges, and plate. Each of these strings holds approximately 150-200 lbs. of tension, a combined total of 17-22 tons. There is also an inherent risk in breaking strings because there are four to five bearing points a piano string must pass over from beginning to end.

If your piano has not been tuned for several years and has fallen as low as a half step or a semi-tone flat, it will need a Pitch Raise, This can be tested yourself by isolating different strings from various keys around the center of the piano, and checking them with a tuning app or machine. Anything over 100 cents flat; for example a C reading as a B, or an A reading as an Ab, will require a Pitch Raise.

How can I ensure a stable, long lasting piano tuning?

The first easiest thing you can do, is to place your piano in a suitable area of your home - see next FAQ. By controlling changes and extremes in humidity your piano will hold a tune longer, and the instrument will last longer. Maintain as consistent a temperature in your home as possible, don’t move your piano after it’s been tuned, and play your piano frequently.

A safe humidity range for a piano is around 30 – 50% (although some would say 35-45). For a church that is mostly unoccupied during the week, optimal temperature settings would be not lower than 50°F / 10°C in the winter, and not higher than 80°F / 26°C in the summer. The best control of humidity can be achieved by installing a humidity control system like Life Saver.

Where is the best place to keep my piano?

  • On an inside wall with 3-4 inches of space between the wall
  • Away from windows and direct sunlight
  • Away from heating and air conditioning vents
  • A good distance from a fireplace, stove, or heater.
  • Away from an outside door.
  • Not on concrete slab or brick, unless placed on a rug.
  • Not in a damp basement, screened porch, garden room or kitchen.

I've done everything above, but why do I still have problems with tuning stability?

After assessing climate and placement, then there are other issues that could be causing the tuning to go out. Apart from the most common cause of a loose tuning pin, there are occasional problems related to string friction, false beats, and poor rendering at the capo and bridge. A registered technician is needed to help with these problems.

What area do you service?

I don't charge any travel fee for those living within an hour drive, in the radius below. For clients further away I charge a $20 travel fee.

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Contact Justin via the online booking button

or hello@justintune.co.nz

(09) 622 2758 or (021) 038 7863