rental-pianos

Piano pitching to A440

New pianos are tuned to A440 and this is the standard so that all instruments can play together and be on the same note or in tune together. Some pianos when they are built have a string breaking strain of within 10%. This means that if the string is pulled higher than 10% over pitch it will break. We need to over pull the string when tuning to get it to hold on pitch. So sometimes we tuner’s walk a tight rope hoping strings won’t break when being tuned. Pianos over time drop pitch. They do this to achieve...

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Hammer Refacing

Piano tuners vs piano tuner technicians. Before we get into hammer refacing - let's explain the difference between piano tuners, and piano technicians. In the piano tuning industry there are “piano tuners” and “Piano tuner technicians”. So, what is the difference? The answer is, how the piano tuner was trained. Gary Bailey did 3 years with a piano rebuilder, he was very lucky to get this training and it is available today but you need to be the right person in the right place knowing the right people to...

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Piano Restoration, Replacing piano key leads

This piano restoration blog has information about how Piano Magic replaces problem key leads. Leads weights have been used in piano keys since the first pianos. The piano key needs to return after being played and the lead weights help to return the keys to the standing position. Normally the key leads are placed in the middle of the wooden key toward the end. Confusing isn’t  it. Well have a look at this video and you will understand more. The problem with lead in the piano Key is that the piano las...

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Piano restoration repair

An interesting job. 1875 Lipp

              This is an interesting job. An 1875 Rich Lipp & Sohn upright piano. The Story. My customer contacted us to get this Rich Lipp & Sohn piano playing. Her father has been placed in a home and the piano was in her family home. My customer remembered the piano from her childhood. However dad was a Mr fix it and had done some home repaires to the piano. The tuning plank has splits in many places and the piano was untunable. So the chal...

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Over Damper conversion to Under Damper – Technician Info

                  Schwechten over damper piano converted to an under damper piano   This blog is for general information for piano technicians and the general public that have an interest in having a conversion done on a Bird Cage or Over Damper Conversion to Under Damper Action piano. This work should only be undertaken by a trained ARPT registered Master piano Technician. What is the difference between an Over Damper or Bird Cage ...

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Gary with Grandson Ethan. He watched to whole tuning

Inside Piano Tuning

So what makes a great piano tuning? I think understanding the piano being tuned and having a full knowledge of tuning. So what about tuning. There are several parts as i see it. Piano manufactures scaling. That is the tension on the string by the thickness of the string by the length of the string to achieve the frequency and tone of the note. That takes us to the voice of the piano. Some pianos are manufactured to give a bright harsh tone and some a soft mellow tone.   Far left: Smal...

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