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Hi!
Are upright pianos easier/quicker to tune than a grand/baby grand piano?
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Not necessarily. There are grands that are easy and grands that are hard, uprights that are easy and uprights that are hard.

Why do you ask?

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I don’t notice a difference. Some subsets of uprights (extremely tall ones where I might have to stand to tune, 45” Steinways) or grands (a M&H I service with absurd bearing angles, a rebuilt Steinway D with a badly notched bridge) are more difficult to tune well and take longer because I’m chasing my tail and having to go over things 2-3 times.


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All things being equal, longer strings and excellent scaling makes for a piano that is easier to tune.


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Originally Posted by accordeur
All things being equal, longer strings and excellent scaling makes for a piano that is easier to tune.

I meant all OTHER things being equal.


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Originally Posted by WPianoY
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Are upright pianos easier/quicker to tune than a grand/baby grand piano?
Thanks in advance
This invites us to ask why this is of interest to you?
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I already asked....

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Here is your answer to why I ask - I thought uprights will be easier to repair since they are smaller, then I thought they must be harder to repair since the parts are not open as in grand pianos. So, I thought of asking it and have my doubts cleared.

Thanks to everyone. Couldn't reply earlier as I am sick.

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Tuning an upright can be done whilst standing up without removing the front. Tuning it sitting down might incur arm and shoulder strain if the wrong lever technique is used. Regulating the action is done with the front removed. Repairing is done, depending on the issue, with the action in situ or removed.

Tuning a grand is done sitting down. Regulating is done with the action withdrawn. Repairing is done with the action withdrawn or removed.

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Generally for myself personally I find grand pianos easier to tune. Almost always. However for repairs I find uprights easier since I don't have to remove the action for many repairs/regulation. The case parts are usually already off for the tuning. The exception is of course Spinets. They are the piano I find most difficult to repair and I try to avoid removing the action if at all possible. Just how I personally find it. Others might have different experiences. Ease of tuning can also vary based on a persons height or arm length etc. so I'm sure it varies.

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