Chip Tuner

Adjust piano strings to attain a specified pitch.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$19,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chip Tuners do?

Adjusts piano strings to attain specified pitch, in first tuning of partially finished pianos: Rubs strings with wood block to remove irregularities, such as kinks. Plucks specified C or A string with pick and adjusts tuning pin with tuning wrench until pitch of string and tuning fork or bar are in unison. Plucks remaining string and adjusts to specified pitch by aurally comparing with previously tuned strings.


Should I be a Chip Tuner?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Crowner, Gauge Checker, Harmonic Tuner, Octave Tuner, Tuner

    How to become a Chip Tuner

    Most Chip Tuners have a Certificate. Chart?chd=s:y9daaa&chl=no+college+%2843%25%29|certificate+%2853%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,43,53
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