1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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4999-17 Piano Tuner

Tunes and repairs pianos and pianolas.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • tests piano components using specialised hand tools, gauges and electronic equipment
  • detaches mechanisms and replaces faulty parts, strings, tuning pins and joint connections
  • examines, repairs and replaces wooden parts such as bridges and soundboards
  • levels keys by inserting paper and felt shims
  • aligns hammers and turn-screws to adjust striking action of keys
  • places strips between strings to mute them
  • turns tuning pins, strikes notes and compares pitch with those of tuning forks
  • tunes remaining strings by aural comparison with tuned strings
  • may perform complete restoration projects
  • may tune and repair organs

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