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#2024999 - 02/01/13 02:39 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Andy,

I certainly can't do any better than that. So I'll stick with a simple but earnest compliment: well done.

(Only after you mentioned it, D5 sounded a bit bright/harsh/phasing to me, but I didn't pick up a problem on the unison tuning as such.)

Oh, and many thanks for leaving yourself "hanging out to dry, naked, on the PW clothesline of tuner infamy"! ( I haven't even done that after three years...)


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#2025167 - 02/01/13 10:36 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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My last tuning has not returned my confirmation call. Forunately, she picked up the phone halfway through the mesage I was leaving her. Another appointment saved just in time!

Update: She upgraded her old piano with elbows breaking for a state of the art Whitney Spinet. Someone raised pitch last June from (250) cents to (200) cents flat, where I found it today. I raised it to (125) cents flat and gave her a treatment plan to get it up to 440.

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A change of pace...I helped repair a pipe organ!

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#2025490 - 02/01/13 06:46 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Spent the day at a long-time customer's home. She has a wonderful Steinway "B" from 1912. It lived a good part of its life in a chicken coop. One of the most stable pianos I service. Always a fun visit...and today she made a Mexican soup (plus other goodies) for lunch...at which we were joined by another long-time customer. Lots of laughs. I love days like today!


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#2027825 - 02/06/13 03:04 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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What did I do today? Formed my first and second beckets ever. Followed quickly by an unscheduled third and fourth wink The piano gods clearly thought I needed the extra practice, and saw to it that the very first thing I did with my new tuning hammer was turn the wrong pin and break a string smile

Was pretty pleased with how they turned out. Be gentle wink

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I've read the whole thread now, and really appreciate all the great stuff folks have shared over the years. Hopefully I'll someday have something a little more meaningful to contribute smile

Rob

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I am trying my first boerewors this morning.


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#2028026 - 02/06/13 12:23 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Would that be of your own recipe? are you sharing?


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#2028029 - 02/06/13 12:27 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: miscrms]  
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Originally Posted by miscrms
What did I do today? Formed my first and second beckets ever. Followed quickly by an unscheduled third and fourth wink The piano gods clearly thought I needed the extra practice, and saw to it that the very first thing I did with my new tuning hammer was turn the wrong pin and break a string smile

Was pretty pleased with how they turned out. Be gentle wink

[Linked Image]

I've read the whole thread now, and really appreciate all the great stuff folks have shared over the years. Hopefully I'll someday have something a little more meaningful to contribute smile

Rob


So did you learn to lower the string first if in doubt? and if you move a pin with no change in tone... you better be looking....

nice job... make sure your coils are tight to the becket, pull em up, then gently tap the becket coil down to tighten the coil and square them up to the pin for stability


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#2028074 - 02/06/13 01:37 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Originally Posted by Les Koltvedt
Would that be of your own recipe? are you sharing?

I was at a Farmer’s Market and there was a fellow there selling all sorts of them. I bought a few and tried one this morning with the eggs. Mmmmmmm no sharing…
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#2028077 - 02/06/13 01:40 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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#2028137 - 02/06/13 03:16 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Wow, a traditional Afrikaner dish/recipe has made it all the way to Canada? I wouldn't have thought...

Hope you enjoyed it, Dan! (We just had some tonight, as chance would have it.)


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#2028149 - 02/06/13 03:41 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Les Koltvedt]  
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Originally Posted by Les Koltvedt

So did you learn to lower the string first if in doubt? and if you move a pin with no change in tone... you better be looking....


Thanks Les. Yup, lesson learned. You can read it a hundred times, but there's nothing like screwing it up yourself to drive the lesson home smile

Given how long it took me to get them to look ok, I've certainly got a whole new level of respect for those who do this work professionally.

Rob

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#2028190 - 02/06/13 04:38 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Originally Posted by Mark R.
Wow, a traditional Afrikaner dish/recipe has made it all the way to Canada? I wouldn't have thought...
Hope you enjoyed it, Dan! (We just had some tonight, as chance would have it.)


I have to go back and get some more. I want to see if he has got some Droëwors.

Mark you would be surprised at where different cultures gastronomic dishes get to. The one I bought looks exactly like the photo in this entry of Wiki.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boerewors


The darn thing was about a meter long…..really tasty….well, I mean, not the whole thingy…


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#2028196 - 02/06/13 04:48 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Today, ?

I went to the market (with my yellow basket !)

And I baught some very good cheese :

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Plus some fresh fish, and a lot of good fresh vegetables and fruits.
Ans some fresh ravioles (pasta)

The choice from so many cheeses was dfifficult.

Miam !

Cheers



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#2028204 - 02/06/13 04:59 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Oh no.....not the yellow basket!

Mmmmm yummy I love cheese. Looks good Isaac. I see a Roquefort ball there or maybe it is a bleu d'Auvergne?

Just outside of Amsterdam there is a cheese market. Every kind of cheese you could think of.

I am a foodie…

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#2028211 - 02/06/13 05:09 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Hi Dan ! sure 95% of non pasteurized milk cheese ! (and that is just a "normal" market in some Paris suburbs)

After that, tuned, controled letoff, shaped hammers and voiced a nice Bechstein M (3:30 hours, I dont understand why it was so fast, probably the cheese !)



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Tuned for a special event at a night club for KQED TV (PBS). I suspect it will be televised.


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#2029380 - 02/08/13 05:05 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Tuned for a live BBC broadcast of piano and violin repertoire.

Those interested can listen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen/radio/episode/b01qdzp4/

Starts at around 7m30s into the show.


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#2029455 - 02/08/13 07:54 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Dan,
Thanks for posting. Very nice! It's always fun to hear musicians of that caliber play on pianos that we've tuned isn't it? Well, I guess fun and a little nerve racking for the piano tuner. :-)



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A Mason & Hamlin BB and a Steinway O, side by side, both nearly 100 year old. The owner tried mine, and now seems interested in what I could do for hers, which have had extensive work done in the past, but are due for it again.


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Find an excellent tall enough German vertical W.Hoffmann 1982 for a customer, at a very fair price (about 2000 USD)Once in a while a first grade instrument can be baught for its real value, then some job cna be done on it.

Most often a few specialized shops buy them for a higher cost and sell them after minimal prep job and no repairs, basing value only on make and model.

Thanks to the local colleague who expertized the instrument initiallly


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Hello Dan

I listened better, in fact I believe you tune too close, too immediate.
I believe that focusing on the 2nd partial will be enough to point you on the right track.

I did tune like that for some time wink the ear too much caught in immediateness, allowing a little energy to thicken the sustain allow the piano to be pushed out more.

Do you play very firm ? (I guess so)

More quiet playing oblige to feel the wire better, and helps to feel the note in the fingers...

They certainly miss the point when it comes to the balance between piano and violin, in my opinion.

All the best

Isaac



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#2036602 - 02/20/13 08:38 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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No pianos today;it was computer upgrade day.

Got rid of XP and the hard drives and installed windows 7 onto two SSD drives. It's basically a bunch of memory chip used as storage. No moving parts like a HD.

The cost is more compared to hard drive ($ per GB). The best deal averages $200 for a 256GB drive. I was told the price will come down over time.

I'm not sure if that's big enough for anyone as a working OS drive but you can always have a secondary hard drive for storage.
Windows boot in 10 seconds. Programs load virtually instantly.

Just a suggestion if anyone is willing to invest in what the bottleneck has been in a PC component, and has been for many years, the HD.


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A Mendelsson and RX3.... just recorded my 300th tuning....


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I got a phone call from Steve Carver, telling me he'd like me to come to Tanglewood as a piano tech apprentice. 2 1/2 months of intense piano prep, maintenance and concert work. So, so, so excited!


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Congrats, that is wonderful opportunity for you!

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Out of school today because of an impending winter storm. I created this picture and posted it on Facebook. It already has over 250 shares!! Crazy! Quick and free advertising!!

UPDATE: As of 2:44 today, it has now been shared over 8000 times!

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I had the "pleasure" of tuning a Kimball Electromatic. It was made in the late 1970's Let's just say it was NOT designed with the piano tuner in mind. They did however put directions inside the piano on how to remove the player action to tune the thing. On top of all of that this piano had not been tuned in years and was over 100 cents flat. It also had three jacks that were sluggish. As I was pulling it up to pitch, I was praying that no strings broke, because I had no idea how I would ever get in to it. There was barely enough room to get my tuning lever on the pins. Because it was a little console and the fact that the player hinges up in the front, I had to lean over the piano in a very uncomfortable way to tune it. Glad to say that no strings broke and it pulled right up to A440. I put a little Protek on the jacks which fixed the problem. The piano ended up sounding really nice and the owner was very happy. What a workout!

After being worn out from that appointment, I had to tune an old upright that was 100 cents flat too. Wouldn't you know it, a treble string broke. One that goes behind the bass strings and has the hitch pin right behind the keybed! After wrangling with it for several minutes, I finally got the string in. What a day!


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#2043571 - 03/05/13 09:32 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]  
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Today? Virtually nothing except replying to some posts on here. I had schools scheduled for today but they were all closed due to snow. The ground hogs predicted Winter would be over by now but they were wrong. I suppose it is due to global warming when a foot of snow comes down on March 5 since any other severe weather is blamed on it.

I saw all the salt brine trucks coating the streets yesterday in anticipation of this snow event. Most often, the snow happens over night and by the morning rush hour, the plows have the roads and streets open enough to get around. The prediction had been for it to start last night around midnight but that was revised to 3 AM. At 6 AM this morning, there was only a dusting but then, it started, got heavier and heavier and never let up. It is a slow moving storm, so it just piled higher and deeper all day long!

All schools, public buildings and functions announced they would be closed by the time I saw the announcements on TV at 6 AM. 13 1/2 hours later, it is still coming down with another inch accumulation expected but then the storm will pass and the snow will end.

The good news is that the snow plowers will have all night to clear the roads so that people can get back to work and business tomorrow early. Temperatures will rise to above freezing, so roads and streets will be passable quickly.

Last Winter was spare on snow, so it left ground moisture enough to start crops growing but needing abundant rain to see them through. Quite the opposite happened over a very wide area in the central USA. Not only was there no rain but temperatures rose abnormally high and sustained themselves week after week. The destruction to crops had to be seen to be believed! I have never seen anything like it! Field after field of withered, immature corn that looked nearly as if it had been burned by a fire!

This Winter started off slowly as well, very mild temperatures well into January but with one, huge dump of snow right before Christmas. It quickly melted. Then, it started. Snow after snow after snow! Not inches but feet of it just where the land had been so parched last year.

The lakes around here usually freeze by late December or early January. This year, there were warnings of thin ice and reports of people falling through it who tried to venture out on it. Snowmobile trails were closed. Ski areas were closed that sometimes opened as early as Thanksgiving. It did not look good but then things took a turn for the better.

So, while it meant a day that usually comes in early to mid January or even as late as early February when nobody could go anywhere, several such snow storms have blanketed the central USA in mid to late Winter this year. It is, for all its inconvenience, an answer to a prayer to end the drought of 2012.

It really looks quite beautiful to gaze out upon a very thick blanket of snow that covers everything. Piles of earlier snows that had been plowed aside are now a foot higher than they were before. There are places where the snow along the side of the road is six feet high and places where snow mounds in parking lots are 20 feet high! Ice on side streets last month had been 6 inches thick. You could easily ruin your wheel alignment or cause a flat tire if you tried to drive too fast on that stuff! I have seen huge, 8 foot long ice cycles draping the roofs of houses and buildings everywhere. I had to break off a row of 4 foot ice cycles one day just to get into my garage!

I am looking forward to having the roads and streets cleared for me to make my 8 AM appointment tomorrow. I'll have to reschedule the schools when I can, even if it means working late for a few days.


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