Ian Brown has been tuning and servicing pianos in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Nelson Bay and Central Coast regions since 2011. He completed formal music training at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, being a student of the piano since the age of 6 and a keen observer of the tuning process when the tuner would come to call.
Ian has previously worked as a tuner for piano stores in Sydney but has since moved his attention to focus on attending to the needs of pianists more locally.
As well as home and concert clients, he assists churches, schools and music teachers, recognising their unique needs. Ian is a participant in events organised by the Australian Piano Tuners and Technicians Association.
Tuning involves adjusting the tension of the more than 220+ strings inside a piano. Over time, a variety of factors including changes in temperature, humidity and hammer impact from playing change the pitch of the strings. A standard tuning takes between an hour and a half to two hours.
Over time, through playing, the piano's action parts compress and move out of alignment. Regulation involves returning the piano to its most playable state. It includes adjusting the height of the keys, setting the hammer-throw distance, equalising the touch and balancing the tone.
Pianos have many thousands of different parts, all working together to make music. Like any instrument that ages, parts can break or fail. Some of the most common problems can include keys sticking or not repeating, buzzes and rattles, broken strings or foreign items falling into the piano.