At the age at which most children learn to speak, Mozart had already composed four symphonies, restored 11 classic cars, and built a robot to play against in squash. Catch up to Mozart's accomplishments and tune up your music-maker with today's Groupon: for $80, you get a standard piano tuning from Brani Piano Service (a $150 value). This Groupon is valid for mainland San Francisco.
During 90-minute appointments, a registered piano tuner will tickle ivories, listening with a keen ear to tweak each chord until a perfect pitch sounds. Annual coverage and minor repairs are incorporated into the piano doctor's checklist, and this includes sticky keys (consoles excluded) and squeaky pedals. More substantial and time-consuming repairs that take more than 30 minutes may incur additional charges, but clients will be consulted first before any repairs are made. Feral strings and pianos without regular tuning (less than once a year) may require an additional appointment for rough tuning ($50) before this Groupon's fine-tuning appointment can occur. Appointments are typically available 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday and regular tune-ups can transform a piano into a lifelong companion, unlike carnival-won goldfish.