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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2528580
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Tuned at a church in Rochester NH.

The kimball shown below was 175 cents flat and had a number of sluggish keys.

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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?

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Oh well, every tuning has its challenges.

More stories coming.


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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2528583
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Tuned as the Hillside Church in Cornish Maine.
Lovely old church, built 176 years ago!


You can find the full size versions of these pictures here:
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/galleries/2528541.html


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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.
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Plaque inside the church
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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.
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The piano - Surprisingly it wasn't too awfully out of tune, but definitely needed tuning and could use some action work.
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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.
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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2528586
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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.


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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2528589
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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.
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Continuing on the road in
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One more really steep hill and we're almost there.
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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.
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Another helper. This one preferred to stay outside on the back porch and watch me (I was right inside the sliding doors).
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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.
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And here she is saying "hey, don't you want to pet me?".
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And finally here is the piano. An extremely out of tune Krakauer (NY). I raised it to 75 cents flat
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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: BDB] #2528591
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Originally Posted by BDB
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.




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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2547188
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Installing a grand dolly in a mansion.



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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2547329
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Frank, you are at the age now where you shouldn't have to work for a living. Maybe you need to start charging a membership fee at Piano World. (Just kidding, at least about the membership fee... smile )

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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2547371
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Would that I could retire Rick.

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 :-)




Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2547375
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Now about that membership fee, if every member kicked in just .25 a month I could actually retire.


Seriously Frank, I think a lot of PW members would be more than happy to donate this fee! At least I would, because PW helped me a lot!

Cheers,
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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2547472
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Originally Posted by HansC2
Seriously Frank, I think a lot of PW members would be more than happy to donate this fee! At least I would, because PW helped me a lot!

Cheers,
Hans

I second that motion! smile

I've donated to PW before in the past; maybe it's time I did it again.

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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2547479
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Okay, Frank, you talked me into it...

I just made a donation to Piano World via my PayPal account. So, take Kathy out to dinner soon! smile

Thank you for providing and maintaining the Piano World forums! It is my favorite online activity, and I spend way too much time here! Especially since I am not a member of Facebook or Twitter... (Even though I wrote an original song entitled "Facebook Blues"). grin

All the best!

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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog - A long and winding road [Re: Piano World] #2550160
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Tuning in rural Maine can be interesting.

This is a video I shot of my customer's driveway. Why you ask?

Check out how long and winding it is.
Additional pictures of this tuning coming, their house is in a beautiful setting on a mountain overlooking a lake.





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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog - A long and winding road [Re: Piano World] #2551920
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hitting your post by chance, ... my first thought was, you are driving much toooo slow wink

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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog - A long and winding road [Re: Piano World] #2553594
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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.


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