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Writing on the keys after tuning. #2479701
11/12/15 06:47 AM
11/12/15 06:47 AM
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Hi everyone. A first time poster here from Norway. I've been lurking in the shadows here for a while now, but think its about time to say hello smile

When tuning pianos there are usually marks left by previous tuners on the keys. (at least there are over here in Norway. I am assuming this is common practice through the world) Usually there is the date and frequency that it was tuned to, which of course can help in identifying if there is a problem with the piano going out of tune faster than one would expect, but often there are other things that frankly I have no idea what they can mean. Yesterday I was tuning an old Steinway upright which incidentally was in amazing condition for a 100 year old piano, and came across this which made me chuckle: "1/9/12 55% ved 320 P18 feit"

Obviously 1/9/12 is the date, i guess 320 is the frequency it was tuned to, although that would be approximately E4 for a piano tuned to A440, which begs the question why was it tuned from E4? maybe the tuner only had a 320 fork? Google tells us that 320 is apparently the frequency for cosmic awakening and divine healing. The piano also smelled faintly of patchouli oil...

"feit" is Norwegian for "greasy"

I cannot think what 55% could mean. The humidity? some measure of the stretch?
"ved" translates to "beside" in english. It also is used to mean "firewood" shocked . P18 could mean anything.

Any thoughts?. I would love to hear if anyone has come across any other unusual comments.

Greetings from Norge
Steve

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Re: Writing on the keys after tuning. [Re: Pianoteknikeren] #2479711
11/12/15 07:39 AM
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Hello, and welcome !

date and pitch can help. the 'standard' stable pitch for a given instrument is what is really interesting for the next tuner.

all this can be erased at some point. I leave information for keyboards on the sides of the keys, for new hammers on the side too near the break.

Last edited by Olek; 11/12/15 07:57 AM.

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Re: Writing on the keys after tuning. [Re: Pianoteknikeren] #2480404
11/14/15 01:08 AM
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55% certainly sounds like humidity to me.


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Re: Writing on the keys after tuning. [Re: Pianoteknikeren] #2480502
11/14/15 09:47 AM
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When humidity 55% A4 octave will slide from 320 Hz down 318 Hz
Når luftfuktigheten 55% A4 oktav vil gli fra 320 Hz ned 318 Hz

Re: Writing on the keys after tuning. [Re: Pianoteknikeren] #2480525
11/14/15 11:11 AM
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P18 could mean a pitch-raise of 18 cents?


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Re: Writing on the keys after tuning. [Re: rysowers] #2480536
11/14/15 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by rysowers
P18 could mean a pitch-raise of 18 cents?

2cent slide down (skli ned) cent only for A4,I'm think

Last edited by Maximillyan; 11/14/15 11:32 AM.
Re: Writing on the keys after tuning. [Re: Pianoteknikeren] #2481335
11/16/15 04:55 PM
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Here in the U.K. I have a 1945 (about) upright made by B.Brock - under first and last keys are the names of a number of girls. So if any lady reading this ever wrote her name under a piano key do answer this post and I'll reply and tell you if you feature.


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