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#2103026 - 06/15/13 07:20 PM Sleeping during tuning  
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Not me, (though fifths do sometimes put me in a zen-like trance) but two clients have fallen asleep on the couch near the piano during tuning! I was very surprised - usually clients come up with last-minute errands to run, or suddenly feel the urge to go do some yardwork.

Has anyone ever encountered this? It was a producer the first time, and the performing artist the second. They said it was soothing. (hey, maybe I can market that)


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#2103057 - 06/15/13 09:11 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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I find the repetition hypnotic. It's not exactly soothing, but I've had clients fall asleep in their easy chairs as I pound out the tuning. I haven't quite fallen off, but I've sure wanted too...:-)


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#2103059 - 06/15/13 09:16 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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It happens. A good heavy power chord with lots of bass brings 'em right out of it!


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#2103086 - 06/15/13 10:20 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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I once tuned for the son of a famous Russian composer. His mother (the composer's wife) appeared after I finished tuning. She told me her nap while I was tuning was the best she had ever had!


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#2103095 - 06/15/13 10:46 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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I've found it not unusual at all. I had one older man that I had to wake up! I have dogs fall asleep quite often. You'd really think it would irritate them but, again, it seems either soothing or so mundane that they fall asleep. I sometimes joke with people that sit down in a chair near me that I've been known to put people to sleep.

Hey, on the flip side I had a family keep their kids home from school and ate popcorn while they watched me! They were very nice and I had a good time. wink


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#2103097 - 06/15/13 10:53 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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When I started nodding off during tunings, I knew it was time to retire. And I did. sleep


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#2103129 - 06/16/13 12:20 AM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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Long time temperament of tuning can kill an elephant knee down. I myself sometimes fall into a slumber which is bordered by Nirvana in a tuning. The plucking good option for sleep babies sick, elderly and even pregnant cats

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#2103154 - 06/16/13 02:41 AM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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It's not uncommon to put customers to sleep with the tuning of the piano. I always hate trying to wake up a 90 year old customer who has lapsed into an apparent coma due to my tuning the piano, but heck, I need to get paid!


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#2103163 - 06/16/13 02:57 AM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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My pet theory on it is that having the pitch settle over and over has a soothing effect.



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#2103594 - 06/16/13 11:47 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: Gary Fowler]  
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Originally Posted by Gary Fowler
It's not uncommon to put customers to sleep with the tuning of the piano. I always hate trying to wake up a 90 year old customer who has lapsed into an apparent coma due to my tuning the piano, but heck, I need to get paid!

I have one "older" customer who has twice gone in to take a nap while I was tuning. On waking her to let her know I was finished (and to give her the bill) she has stared blankly at me and asked, "Who are you?" I explain and she remembers but I do wonder for how much longer.

ddf


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#2103667 - 06/17/13 03:38 AM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]  
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The methpod was used by the well known "Tune burglar" (as the newpapers called him)

He enter the home of his victims and begin to tune the piano.

Then when they fall asleep and he rob the house.

If the house owner ask "what are you doing" (before falling asleep) he answered that he was the piano tuner. People generally do not remind that they asked the piano tuner to pass by for a tea

He get busted by 2 bad luck the same day , he tuned in the house of a piano tuner, and it was Bill Bremmer home and he was tuning Reverse Well.

There is another end with a charming prince or something , i do not recall all details.









Last edited by Olek; 06/17/13 03:40 AM.

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