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A Piano Tuner's Blog #2512925
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I decided to start a blog of my piano tuning adventures.

Although I frequently post something on Facebook, those posts quickly get lost in the clutter. By posting on my own forums I have a better chance of finding them again if I'm looking :-)

I've been tuning since 1975 (no, I'm not going back that far). As anyone who has been tuning for a while knows, some days are more interesting than others.

I thought I'd share a few with you.

If you have any interest in seeing larger versions of any of the pictures, they will all be posted in our Piano Photo Gallery here: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/galleries/2512921.html

I also post tuning and other piano related stories and pictures on my Facebook page:
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We'll start with a tuning job I did 02/19/16
Piano is a Young Chang babygrand G-157

The customer wanted me to clean the piano (they bought it used), tune, and fix some "sticky" keys. I spent 6 hours at their house.

This picture will give you a good idea of how dirty the instrument was.

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Using a swiffer duster with a soundboard steel.
Also used Q-tips, handi-wipes, shop vac and more.
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My helpers, Lucy & Charlie
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Cleaning the keybed and action next
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Align some hammers, a little regulating, and more cleaning.
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Customer and her teenage daughter (the piano player) were very happy with the results. Mother emailed me later to tell me her daughter played the piano for three hours straight after i left.


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Re: A Piano Tuner's Blog [Re: Piano World] #2512930
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Continuing my Piano Tuner's Blog...

A tuning from 02/18/16

Old upright Symphonia Player Piano.

The owner, Rita is a real character. Sharp as a tack and very independent. I think Rita's age, the piano's age, and the temperature in the room (see photos below) were probably all pretty close to the same (the piano may be slightly older).

Rita, with her infernal wood stove behind her.
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Another shot of the stove, which seemed to be on a mission to melt me down. Rita apologized for the heat.
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The temperature of the room. Mind you the piano is directly to the left of the stove.
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A note from the manufacturer stating that the piano can be tuned without removing the player mechanism, which was true except leaning over ruined my back for two days.
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The player roll motor
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Piano was down over a half step, I left it down there and just tuned it to itself. Sounded pretty good when I was done, in spite of the bass strings being dead and tubby.

Rita was happy, and that's what counts.



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This time it's a Baldwin Acrosonic, tuned Feb. 2016

Client told me their church choir often comes over to practice (rather than spend the money to warm up the church). He said the pianist (I know her, another client of mine) was complaining the soft pedal wasn't working correctly.

I checked it out, it was working fine. I pretended to adjust it, then told my client I had it adjusted as far as I could, and that he should tell Connie I have her all the soft pedal possible, for any more she'd just have to play softer.

I often take pictures of my clients animals (after asking permission). I call them my helpers.

the piano
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Boomer, one of my helpers. He greeted me warmly, then quickly lost interest.
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My other helper, Mischief (a Maine Coon cat)
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I had a dog chew the handle on one of my tools once, so I am rather wary of pets when they are around my tools. There was a singing dog once, but he sang on such a different key that it did not interfere. Loud birds can be troublesome, but we have budgies. Cats are only a problem if they decide that those are mice that are moving towards the strings.


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Ha!

Rita's my inspiration with that wood stove and her piano. That'll be me someday.

Oh, wait. It already is!!!

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Frank, what year was the Acrosonic? I met my first the other day.

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Originally Posted by BDB
I had a dog chew the handle on one of my tools once, so I am rather wary of pets when they are around my tools. There was a singing dog once, but he sang on such a different key that it did not interfere. Loud birds can be troublesome, but we have budgies. Cats are only a problem if they decide that those are mice that are moving towards the strings.


I'm an animal lover, but I do watch them to make sure they don't get into anything.

Loud birds?
Meet Buddy, more about him soon.
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Frank, are you thinking of a sticky topic where any tuner can post their adventures and mishaps etc for the day? There was a popular topic call "So,what did you do today" that was rather like that but it seems to have died.

I think it is a interesting recurring type of topic and provides aspiring tuners with a dose of biased or selective reality. It is also motivating for seasoned tuners to share day-to-day experiences in a congenial way. Many other occupations have a daily tea break or "smoko" time in a common area to air out their experiences but piano tuners do not normally have that luxury except in places like this.

I think in fact that such sharing of experiences through forums or social media has been a major advance in the piano tuner's career.


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Love this thread !

And really enjoyed the "Rita's age, piano's age, and room temperature all the same". laugh

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You should read the story from Ward Guthrie, RPT about meeting his tuning clients pet bear! I am not making this up.


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Chris Leslie,
I am thinking of a sticky thread dedicated to tuners posting about their tuning experiences.
The one here though I may limit to my own experiences as a way to share them with my friends and cohorts.

Bosendorff - I'm glad you like the thread.

Ed - Would like to read Ward's story, although I'm not a fan of bears.

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A lovely Yamaha C5 at a clients home in S. Portland (Maine).

Picked up this customer from a referral from her boyfriend up in Parsonsfield. She in turn mentioned a Nursing home in Fryeburg that has a piano needing tuning and said she would donate the tuning.

I love customer referrals, they are one of the best ways to pick up new business.

The Yamaha C5
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One of the reasons I shoot pictures of the customer's piano(s) is to give me a visual reminder of the piano, and capture the serial. I know I could write stuff down, but snapping a few pictures is quick and accurate.
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My helper at this tuning. I think she is trying to tell me which tool I should use next.
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This time I'm on my way to a tuning in Effingham, NH

Customer found me through my classified ad on Piano World (http://www.pianoworld.com/tuners/metune.htm).

It's only about 12 miles from my house to theirs, but half the roads are dirt (shortest route).

I guess I won't be using this one this trip though...
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Crossing from Maine into New Hampshire
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Passing the First Normal School, almost to customers house.
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This is not a road, it is the first part of this customers driveway
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Finally arrived at their house
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Piano is an old McPhail Upright, cabinet in good shape, action not so much. Customer told me they head it "reconditioned" a few years ago.
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When I think a piano is way out of tune, I use this app in my phone to take a quick reading. When I played G the app showed E, Houston we have a problem.
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Did my best to tune the piano right around where it was when I found it. Still ended up snapping two high treble strings.
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Action obviously needs work. Whoever worked on it before replaced the bridle straps (using the cork insert type) and the damper felts. However the action was sad. Hammers wobbled from side to side, lost motion, etc.
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Told this customer their piano needs work inside, sending them an estimate.

More adventures coming...




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Great stories! And what a terrific idea to use a swiffer duster attached to a sound board steel for cleaning the sound board. Never thought about that!

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This tuning features Buddy the Parrot.

The piano is an old Emerson upright, way out of tune and not in the best shape.

Doing my best to make it sound like a piano again.

Emerson Upright in Dayton, Maine
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Another shot
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And introducing Buddy the parrot
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Apparently Buddy had his own opinions about my skills.


Below is a "video", with no pictures because every time I pointed the camera his way he'd stop (which I guess makes it an audio). So I set it down inside the piano and let it run while I was tuning the high treble area.

If you listen closely you will hear Buddy squawking things like "Quiet", "Shut Up", and my favorite "Higher!" All the sounds in the background are him, squawking over the high pitch tones of the upper register of the piano.

Proving once again there is a critic in every group.




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A recent tuning at a Health Care center in Maine.

The piano was built circa 1987, I'd guess it has been tuned maybe twice.

One of the residents donated the piano to the facility, she said she originally purchased it for her children but they didn't take an interest.

Other than being grossly out of tune (listen to short YouTube clip) and having many years of dust accumulated (which caused all kinds of friction/sticky keys) it really isn't in bad shape.

And it sounded pretty decent after I'd tuned it (twice).
I've told them we definitely need to schedule a follow up during which I will need to remove the action and work on all the pivot points (CLP, re-pin, etc.).

They are also considering hiring Kathy and I to entertain the residents (https://www.facebook.com/LoveToMakeMusicForYou/)

They were pretty sure it needed tuning. You think?


Baldwin Spinet at Health Care Center
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Dust everywhere (including in the action parts)

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CLP and Key Easing Pliers helped, but will need to pull action to get at the hard to reach parts that are still causing friction issues.

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Originally Posted by Piano World
They were pretty sure it needed tuning. You think?
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Jeepers Creepers - what an appropriate choice of tune!


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Even out of tune I kind of like the sound of that Baldwin.

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Originally Posted by David Farley
Even out of tune I kind of like the sound of that Baldwin.


It would have been nice to hear the same music played on the "after" version smile

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Originally Posted by pyropaul
Originally Posted by David Farley
Even out of tune I kind of like the sound of that Baldwin.


It would have been nice to hear the same music played on the "after" version smile


I meant to do exactly that, but the residents all started gathering around, so Kathy and I gave them a concert for nearly a half hour (we're good with older people, probably because we're getting closer to their age :-) https://www.facebook.com/LoveToMakeMusicForYou/



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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.

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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:
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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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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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Originally Posted by Piano World
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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