Some piano maintenance skill is going to be needed as you venture into a career of piano tuning. It goes with the occupation ... strings break and some other adjustments in the action will be necessary on certain instruments as part of the tuning visit.. . . I am interested in exploring piano tuning as a career option and wonder if anyone here knows about it.
. . . Originally I was working with some piano maintenance, but it proved too difficult for me . . .
You have the best two qualifications right from the get go ... pitch awareness and a good ear ... essential for a piano tuner, although most these days use some form of electronic gizmos to aid in their tuning processes. Although I have seen many a tuner adjust middle A to a tuning fork and go by ear from that point through the rest of the instrument.