When it comes to piano tuning, there are many different technicians out there that could help you keep your piano in tune. Once you start shopping around, you’re likely to notice that prices can vary dramatically, and there’s a distinct difference between registered and unregistered technicians as unregistered technicians tend to be cheaper.
A lot of people assume the difference doesn’t matter, especially if all they need is a tuning rather than repairs, but this isn’t always the case. In this blog post, we’re going to look at the difference between unregistered and registered piano technicians and talk about why registered technicians are always the better choice, regardless of the type of work you need done.
What does it mean to be a registered piano technician?
In New Zealand, all registered piano technicians have completed at least three years (or more) in an apprenticeship and passed a set of exams, so they all have a solid base of training before beginning their own professional practice. This is important, because it means they can offer advice on repairs and rebuilds with their own experience, rather than just theory.
You may think this isn’t all that vital if all you need is a regular tuning, but the fact is that a good technician will check the pedals, regulation, and other piano components during a tuning visit regardless, so that you have as much information as possible on the condition of your instrument, and you know if there is any chance of a repair or rebuild being required soon.
Registered technicians also have direct relationships with suppliers, and this means they can source better quality replacement parts for your instrument quickly whenever they are needed.
What groups are technicians registered with?
In New Zealand, a registered piano tech will be a member of the New Zealand Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild, or NZPTTG. This is a big plus for you as a customer, as the NZPTTG allows professionals to network and talk to each other about specific repair jobs and techniques; you’re essentially benefiting from the combined knowledge of the guild when you hire a registered technician.
The NZPTTG also follows a code of ethics. This is a big advantage, as it gives you peace of mind that your chosen technician won’t engage in any unfair or questionable trade practices, won’t lead you on with false advertising, and will conduct themselves honourably in your home, to name just a few items from the code.
Need your piano tuned by an expert?
It’s always ideal to hire a registered expert when seeking a professional to tune or repair your piano. Many people feel that registered technicians are just for concert pianists, but this isn’t the case. We have often come across pianos that have been tuned or repaired by an unregistered or self-taught piano technician, and unfortunately many of these instruments are badly damaged due to poor servicing. By employing a registered expert, you’re getting the service your piano really needs the first time around!
If you need expert piano tuning in Auckland from a team of registered technicians, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.