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#2182858 - 11/15/13 03:14 PM The things we do...  
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Tuning a 126-year-old piano in an unheated 246-year-old church, in upstate New York, in mid-November. You couldn't pay me to do that...and the church doesn't, either!



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#2182967 - 11/15/13 06:17 PM Re: The things we do... [Re: Eric Gloo]  
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And I thought the church sanctuary at 58 degrees this week was cold.... :-)

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Awesome, Eric. smile



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#2183012 - 11/15/13 07:29 PM Re: The things we do... [Re: Eric Gloo]  
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Wow! What happens when summertime hits? I imagine this can't be that great for the action and soundboard to go through those massive fluctuations in temperature/humidity?

Anyway, thanks for the 'cool' pic - that's true dedication to the craft! smile

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#2183063 - 11/15/13 09:32 PM Re: The things we do... [Re: Eric Gloo]  
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Old soundboards often reacts way less to moisture change as the glue joints of the ribs and bridge are less under stress , due to the wood getting smaller in time (and panel loosing resiliency)

When I see an old piano that moves a lot with seasons I know the board is in fair condition.

Now temperature changes are giving more even variations , I believe, as the plate shape change the other direction than the wire (the plate retracts in cold and expands with heat)


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#2183094 - 11/15/13 10:55 PM Re: The things we do... [Re: Eric Gloo]  
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Since you know what to expect when you go there in November, I would bring along a little heater to at least blow some warm air towards my feet. Why be unnecessarily uncomfortable when doing a good deed?
Will it affect the tuning? In the big picture any effect will be negligible.

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Originally Posted by Eric Gloo
Tuning a 126-year-old piano in an unheated 246-year-old church, in upstate New York, in mid-November. You couldn't pay me to do that...and the church doesn't, either!



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How is the action and sound on that classic?



Don, playing the blues in Austin, Texas on a 48" family heirloom Steinway upright, 100 year old 54" Weber upright, unknown make turn of the century 54" upright -- says "Whittier NY" on the plate, Starr, ca. 100 years old full size upright.
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Originally Posted by Supply
Since you know what to expect when you go there in November, I would bring along a little heater to at least blow some warm air towards my feet. Why be unnecessarily uncomfortable when doing a good deed?
Will it affect the tuning? In the big picture any effect will be negligible.


Electricity is needed for that.


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#2183130 - 11/16/13 12:20 AM Re: The things we do... [Re: Blues beater]  
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Originally Posted by Blues beater
How is the action and sound on that classic?


The action is fairly well-regulated, although the mice like to eat the upper treble front and balance rail punchings every few years. As for the sound, if you want volume, that is quite easy to accomplish. The soft pedal works well if it needs to be played softly.

The piano is a Vose.


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#2183149 - 11/16/13 01:17 AM Re: The things we do... [Re: Eric Gloo]  
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Originally Posted by Eric Gloo
Originally Posted by Supply
Since you know what to expect when you go there in November, I would bring along a little heater to at least blow some warm air towards my feet. Why be unnecessarily uncomfortable when doing a good deed?
Will it affect the tuning? In the big picture any effect will be negligible.

Electricity is needed for that.

What, there are no lights in the church? Electric lights, that is? Or do you mean you would need an extension cord? I have one of those... wink

But seriously, I believe most people can do their best work and remain positive about their work if they are in the least amount of discomfort. If there is no heating possibility, then I would bring along a thermos of hot coffee, and some chemical gel-pack hand and feet warmers (camping or skiing style), as well as something to sit on.

Nowadays, if I have a number of tunings booked where I know people only have a wooden bench, I bring along a gardener's kneeling pad to sit on. I don't have that padding built in. Again - the more comfortable I am, the better it is for the piano, for the client and for me. Maybe I am getting old and lazy, but I think I am getting older and wiser: we need to treat our bodies with care so they don't give out prematurely.


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