ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Piano Tuner

Updated on January 15, 2013

When I booked the appointment he asked me if my piano was very out of tune or not too bad. I said it was definitely out of tune but I wasn't sure how much.

It turns out that it was a half tone off. That's pretty significant. It certainly changes the sound of a piece.

I was intrigued to see the process. First, all the surface clutter was removed. Then he removed panels and pieces I didn't even know you could remove.

There stood my piano bare and open with all the inner workings exposed.

It was dusty in there.

I felt embarrassed.

The piano tuner took the vacuum and cleaned in all the nooks and crannies; places I didn't know existed and places I didn't know how to reach.

And when the dust was gone and the broken part repaired, then he worked at bringing it back in tune.

He sat hunched over my piano. He patiently pressed each key again and again, listening, adjusting and listening some more.

I wanted a picture of this piano tuner working on my piano, but I was too embarrassed to snap a picture of this stranger. How could I explain that I wanted a reminder of this day and how his work at the piano was a wonderful object lesson for me, turning my thoughts to my Saviour?

It was long, patient work, but he liked it, I could tell. I could hear him humming to himself between notes. Then, when he was set up on the next string, I could hear him pressing the key again and again and I could hear the sound change as he made the adjustments.

35 years this man has cleaned dust from pianos and sat and listened to each note, string by string, adjusting and changing the pitch to bring the instrument back in tune.

He quietly suggested to me that I shouldn't wait so long to have it tuned the next time because when it has been so off it tends to become out of tune quicker.

Is this not an object lesson?

Are we not just like my piano?

Not looking too bad. Not sounding too bad. Maybe a little off, but not too serious, until we are held to the standard. Then it becomes painfully, discordantly, apparent that our words, our thoughts, and our actions are a 'half tone' out of sync.

God's Word reveals that we are 'out of tune'.

But the Master Tuner willingly and patiently goes to work. He clears away the grime and then He patiently takes every aspect of our being and He listens intently and He makes adjustments. He knows that we slide out of tune easily and quickly so He invites us to submit to Him constantly for tuning.

"Don't wait so long next time."

Can't you hear Him?

The man who tuned my piano seemed shy and gentle and unassuming. I don't know him, but as he worked at the piano I imagined that My Saviour works in much the same way.

Humbly, gently, calmly, adjusting bit by bit and humming as He goes about His work. Not angry about the dust or the faulty pedal or the half tone out of tune, just ready to go to work, ready to make me sing with Him in perfect pitch.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord Your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      6 years ago

      Beverlyfaye, Wonderful introspective and inspiring read! As you so well stated: "But the Master Tuner willingly and patiently goes to work. He clears away the grime and then He patiently takes every aspect of our being and He listens intently and He makes adjustments. He knows that we slide out of tune easily and quickly so He invites us to submit to Him constantly for tuning." Amen!

      Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

    • beverlyfaye profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for reading.

      I'm glad you could be encouraged by the parallels to our Saviour.

      Pianos are lovely company, aren't they?

    • ninapaints profile image


      6 years ago

      This was a lovely piece of writing! I have a piano as well, although I don't read music..but enjoy it's company. It goes wherever we move to, out of tune, dust and all. You drew some interesting parallels to the relationship we have with our Savior!!

    • beverlyfaye profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words. I did start hubbing two years ago, then got too busy ... forgot my password :-) ... etc. etc. and just started up again recently. I enjoy writing but it takes discipline to sit and do it.

      I'm glad my piano tuner could also remind you of our Master Tuner.

    • Abrushing1968 profile image

      Aaron Rushing 

      6 years ago from USA- Florida

      Dear Beverlyfaye:

      Where have you been hiding. You have been a part of Hub pages for two years and this absolutely inspired piece is the first I have heard from you? If the rest of your stuff is as moving and insightful as this one, you are so going to be on my my favorite authors list.

      Excellent imagery, convicting insight and lovingly delivered! Thanks for reminding me that Jesus is the master tuner, daily tuning my heart with His.




    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)