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
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"
. P18 could mean anything.
Any thoughts?. I would love to hear if anyone has come across any other unusual comments.
Greetings from Norge