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Piano Tuner

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Piano Tuner
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Last Updated: March, 2013

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At a Glance... header image

Piano tuners tune piano either in people's homes or in a variety of public locations. They often tune instruments for specific concerts or sound recording performances.


The Work header image

Piano tuners work on all kinds of pianos in all locations. They may visit people's homes as well as theatres, concert halls, sound studios, schools and a variety of other public buildings. Their primary job is to adjust the piano strings to the correct pitch. For negotiating the tension of the strings they use special hand tools (wedges and cranks). They also locate and repair any faults in the instrument.  
 
They check that every note is pitched correctly and, if necessary repair damaged or worn strings, hammers etc. They may also repair the case.  
 
Some piano tuners work with other stringed instruments such as harpsichords.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Play instruments to evaluate their sound quality and to locate any defects.

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Adjust string tensions to tune instruments, using hand tools and electronic tuning devices.

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Disassemble instruments and parts for repair and adjustment.

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Inspect instruments to locate defects, and to determine their value or the level of restoration required.

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Repair cracks in wood or metal instruments, using pinning wire, lathes, fillers, clamps, or soldering irons.

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Reassemble instruments following repair, using hand tools and power tools and glue, hair, yarn, resin, or clamps, and lubricate instruments as necessary.

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Compare instrument pitches with tuning tool pitches in order to tune instruments.

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String instruments, and adjust trusses and bridges of instruments to obtain specified string tensions and heights.

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Repair or replace musical instrument parts and components, such as strings, bridges, felts, and keys, using hand and power tools.

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Polish instruments, using rags and polishing compounds, buffing wheels, or burnishing tools.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Fine Arts:  Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Equipment Maintenance:   Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Practical skills are also essential and you will need to be patient and pay attention to detail, because some work can be difficult and can take a long time to finish.  
 
Although a high level of musical ability may not be necessary, you will have to have an ear for tuning and an interest in music.  
 
Even though you might work alone, you must be prepared to discuss customers' requirements; you may need to adjust instruments in response to their comments. If you become a self-employed technician you will need business skills.  
Some background or experience in woodwork will be an asset.  
 
A driving licence will also be of use.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Pianoforte Tuners' Association
  Address: PO Box 1312, Lightwater Woking, GU18 5UB, UK
  Tel: + 44 845 602 8796
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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