i've just got the chance to audition with a big band, something i've never done before. they gave me a cd of a live recording they did. the baby grand was terribly out of tune. i also tune pianos. i've talked to one guy in the past who told me he would definitly charge the owner to tune it. it's work and rightly so for a full job, touching up i'd do for free. anyone else been in this situation and how you handled it. i guess this is a gray area, but any advise.
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i always touch up bad pianos when i have to play on them, but i've never been paid for it.  however, i'm not giving it a full tuning, just fixing unisons.

if you are a pro technician, then the thing to do is getting a normal tuning gig at the club and keep it separate from your piano playing gig.
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i agree about just fixing unisons, i'm not sure of the clubs schedule for tunings, but as they've been in business for years i assume they have a regular person who does it. i guess i was just really surprised that a big band would go into a club and record live on such a bad piano. why bother?
for that matter, i just heard a recording of joanne brackeen on a terribly out of tune piano. of course, they are touchy but at some point you got to say no.
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