Tuning involves adjusting the piano string tension so that all the notes are in proper relationship to each other and the piano as a whole. Given the fact that tuning can involve as much as a ton or more of tension adjustment (!), it's much less stressful for a piano to experience a small string tension adjustment more often, than a large string tension adjustment on a less regular basis. I recommend two tunings per year, and one more during the first year if the instrument is new. Pianos often represent a substantial investment... and it just makes sense to treat them as kindly as possible!
The goal of regulation is consistency of touch and tone, as well as the maximization of power and control. Sometimes a complete regulation is called for and other times relatively small adjustments can be made to improve piano performance. Consultation with clients about procedure, expectations and cost is always the first stage of any regulation plan.
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