A piano should be tuned twice a year, since it will react to humidity changes that occur in winter and in spring. The best times are: shortly after your heat is turned on in the fall, and again shortly after your heat is turned off in the spring.
The piano should be kept in a room with 40% humidity for the best stability, even though that's difficult to achieve here in New England.
You can buy an inexpensive hygrometer at Walmart or Radio Shack to monitor the humidity of your home.
Please keep all liquids off the piano! Spilled liquids can cause terrible damage to the inside mechanism.
Always hire professional movers to take a piano into or out of your home! Professionals have the knowledge, the tools, and the liability insurance needed to do the job without personal or property injury.
On the day I come to tune your piano, please remove all music, photographs, lamps, etc. from the top. It is not necessary to move an upright piano away from the wall. I will ask that the house be as quiet as possible for the two hours I will be there. Piano tuners listen for very faint differences in notes, and we can't do this with conversation, pets, TV or music, or electric motors going on.
Please make your check payable to me, Gregory P. Livingston. Thank you for allowing me to service your piano.