Julius Feurich finished and available for inspection at Piano Magic

Part 2: Julius Feurich Upright Piano Rebuild – The Rebuild

Piano Magic was lucky enough to get our hands on a 133 year old Julius Feurich piano. We're keeping it in it's original condition but making great improvements so that it will play beautifully. After the strip down we take a pattern of the bass strings so they can be re manufactured. To replace the Bass strings they need to be re manufactured in Sydney. We are very fortunate to have in Australia one of if not the best bass string maker in the world. However we need a pattern so he has the length of copper to...

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Gary’s 5 Top Tips for taking care of your piano.

1. Have your piano tuned regularly. The benefit of tuning your piano regularly is it will sound good every time you play it. I can also check if the piano is getting too dry or too humid. Nothing worse than a piano that is rattling through dryness or stiff hard to play keys because it’s too moist. Related Article: How humidity affects pianos. 2. Position. If you move you piano make sure it’s not in a draft. I recently helped my mother into a nursing home and luckily they had a room big enough for a piano....

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Julius Feurich Piano_Pre-Repair

Part 1: Julius Feurich Upright Piano Rebuild – History and Assessment

Over the coming months Piano Magic will be documenting the rebuild of a gorgeous Julius Feurich upright piano. This piano will be for sale when finished. We will welcome offers so watch this space. The Story. The piano has spent most of it's life in a girl's school in Perth. If anyone knows any more information about the piano that would be greatly appreciated! The Age. We would like to keep it in original condition however who wants a piano that is not playable and will only be a photo holder. As we ca...

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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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Close up on hammer grooves

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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