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Re: Pulling my hair out with tuning
lilylady #1223299 06/26/09 07:40 PM
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All good advice!

Few things coming to mind:

1] Were these the very first tunings for piano & did it come straight from warehouse to your home? [suspect yes..]

2] Were these store tuners or independently hired guns?

3] Presuming piano was new and not grey-market variety?

4] Ever asked the tuners if they noticed anything unusual and/or if they could give an explanation.

Normal industry standard is that if a piano goes out of tune overly quick, tuner doubles back, checks things out and touches up those keys in question.

Unless something else is going on here...

Norbert



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Re: Pulling my hair out with tuning
Norbert #1223371 06/26/09 10:45 PM
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The first couple of tunings seemed to last longer -- The first was in October a few weeks after being delivered, the next in mid January. The piano did come straight from the warehouse yes.

One tuner was from the dealer who is very well respected and the other is a 30 year vet who tunes for a lot of top venues in the city. Both are great people and I trust them both.

Piano was new and purchased from a reputable dealer. Not a grey market piano.

Both techs said nothing looked out of the ordinary and both took the time to give it a good inspection.

We'll see how it goes!

Originally Posted by Norbert
All good advice!

Few things coming to mind:

1] Were these the very first tunings for piano & did it come straight from warehouse to your home? [suspect yes..]

2] Were these store tuners or independently hired guns?

3] Presuming piano was new and not grey-market variety?

4] Ever asked the tuners if they noticed anything unusual and/or if they could give an explanation.

Normal industry standard is that if a piano goes out of tune overly quick, tuner doubles back, checks things out and touches up those keys in question.

Unless something else is going on here...

Norbert


Re: Pulling my hair out with tuning
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Dampp Chaser systems are great; I have one on my Baldwin, and it has helped stabilize it. New pianos take a few years to stabilize; my Baldwin was annoyingly unstable at first, but after 6 years it is more well-mannered.

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I agree that Dampp Chasers really help stabilize a piano's tuning and overall sound quality. We have one on the grand piano in our church sanctuary. This sanctuary is large (seats at least 750) and has a ceiling that goes up to around 25 feet. In the winter, we have to fill the Dampp Chaser more often than average because of this large space the piano is sitting in. One morning when I arrived to play the piano, I saw that the Dampp Chaser had gone empty, and since the pads light was also flashing, I knew that it had been empty long enough for the pad to dry out as well. (This was during a coldsnap in the winter, so the air was quite dry in there.) I could actually hear the difference in the piano's sound! There was an unpleasant quality to its tone that I was not accustomed to hearing and had not heard during previous coldsnaps when the unit was not allowed to go empty for so long. After that, I was more convinced than ever that Dampp Chasers work -- so long as you fill them in a timely manner!

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I purchased a Yamaha U5 two years ago for my second piano. I was really disappointed the first year, as that piano couldn't hold a tuning. The bass would go sharp, the treble would go flat, and I was pulling out my hair, too! It wasn't what I expected, as I had previously purchased a Boston grand that never had to "settle" in, so to speak. My tuner tuned the U5 often that first year, and each time was a little better. Hang in there. It should get better.

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