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The kimball shown below was 175 cents flat and had a number of sluggish keys.
Same church, different building, Yamaha baby grand nicer piano to tune than the Kimball was.
But they complained about a buzzing noise (when listening through their PA system). Gee, I wonder what could be causing that noise? Could it be that they leave the lid closed all the time, and that the pickup mics are right on top of the strings?
Inside view of the church. Only problem was the "heater" they turned on to warm up the sanctuary was way under powered. It was still cold in there.
Plaque inside the church
The Mason & Hamlin organ in this church is gorgeous. They are restoring it little by little, but tough to raise the funds. They actually have two churches, this one and the UCC in downtown Cornish, all supported by a small congregation.
The piano - Surprisingly it wasn't too awfully out of tune, but definitely needed tuning and could use some action work.
Evidence of who tuned it before me. I've seen this in a number of other pianos. The "tuner" didn't want to deal with the wild strings, so they muted them out. Wrong. Needless to say I pulled all the felt pieces out and tuned it properly.
When this customer called, she kept repeating that they live on a dirt road. I said I'm fine with dirt roads, it's a way of life around here.
She wasn't kidding though. It was almost a mile in off the paved road, and it kept getting more narrow and lumpy, adding pot holes the size of garbage cans. And yet her driveway and parking area was paved, and her house has a beautiful view of the mountains.
Not to mention she was very nice and has three lovely dogs.
The road in.
Continuing on the road in
One more really steep hill and we're almost there.
One of my helpers. Poor old thing (15) is deaf. She barked at me for a while, then settled down. That is until she had to go out, apparently forgot who I was by the time she came back in, starting barking at me again.
Another helper. This one preferred to stay outside on the back porch and watch me (I was right inside the sliding doors).
And then there was Annabell, who seemed to take to me right away. She's resting her head on my leg here, big help when you're trying to tune.
And here she is saying "hey, don't you want to pet me?".
And finally here is the piano. An extremely out of tune Krakauer (NY). I raised it to 75 cents flat
The pieces of felt may be to mute replaced strings while they stretch. That can be a better solution than two or three return trips to pull them up to pitch.
Trust me it has nothing to do with stretching strings, and everything to do with lazy tuning. You see three years ago I was the new guy in town, having just moved into the area.
Since then I've run into pianos with as many as 18 of these, effectively muting 36 strings. They were not new strings, just had some tricky overtones that took a while to get them to play nice with the other strings in the unisons.
And I've seen at least ten of them so far.
From what I understand this "tuner" doesn't tune anymore.
Some poor business decisions in the past coupled with some mistakes made in my personal life have left me unable to retire, ever. On the brighter side, I like what I do, I have Kathy in my life and we have a nice little house in the country. While there are definitely days where I wonder how I'm going to pay my bills, I just have to look around at what I have to realize I'm luckier than most people.
Now about that membership fee, if every member kicked in just .25 a month I could actually retire.
P.S. Thanks for pointing out that I'm getting old :-)
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Thanks :-) The rural trek brings back many memories of like-terrain. Many customers were way out in the sticks and with an occasional bridgeless shallow creek to cross. I miss those days and my 4-wheel drive.