Chief piano technician Elliott has been keeping the Los Angeles Philharmonic's pianos in tune for almost 20 years.
How many pianos are you responsible for? Six 9-foot concert pianos and two smaller ones.
How often do they need to be tuned? The concert pianos are tuned every time they are used -- rehearsals and concerts. We're striving for perfection. (I know it doesn't exist.)
Is there a particular piece of music you play to make sure a piano is in tune? I don't even need to play something to know what it needs. Really, all I need to do is touch one or two notes. I do everything by ear.
Just one or two notes? Yeah, it either speaks correctly or it doesn't. They're finicky animals. There's so much tension on a piano -- 20 tons of tension on a concert piano -- so the law of physics dictates that things always want to go to a point of rest.