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Based on your playing, you are certainly not new to playing the piano. smile

And, some folks like that honky-tonk sound. I have a YouTube music video with well over a million views playing an old up-right piano with that honky-tonk sound. I thought that was the absolute worst music video I ever recorded, even though I had a lot of fun messing around with that old upright piano.

It just goes to show that you never know what the world-wide YouTube audience will like, or not.

I think what appeals to most people who watch my music video is seeing the fun, smiles, laughter, and happiness that I express/project while playing that old upright piano; which seems to make them smile too.

As Louis Armstrong used to sing, "when you're smiling, when you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you". smile

Enjoy your new-to-you freebee piano!!

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Dear Piano Tipping:

One of the reception rooms at my church had what appears to be the identical instrument. I was consulted about its future. Over a one year period, the piano was tuned three times. It had VERY occasional use. Although the temperature and humidity were fairly constant, it could not hold a tuning. I might add that the tone and touch were terrible. The piano was a hog and, as a result, was given to the first person who expressed an interest in having it.

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Nice. Did you play it for the people you took it from?


Thanks. I did play a bit just to check it out. The lady that had it in her apartment was a renter and it wasn't hers. I think the landlord owned it, and neither of them played. She said when I was playing it that it reminded her of her grandfather. I'm not sure if that means she thought I was an old coot, or if I just played like him.

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Originally Posted by Sam Rose
Post another one after you tune it! I'd love to hear the difference (and it should be huge, because it's awfully out of tune at the moment smile )

Congrats on the new piano!


Thanks, will do.

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Based on your playing, you are certainly not new to playing the piano. smile

And, some folks like that honky-tonk sound. I have a YouTube music video with well over a million views playing an old up-right piano with that honky-tonk sound. I thought that was the absolute worst music video I ever recorded, even though I had a lot of fun messing around with that old upright piano.

It just goes to show that you never know what the world-wide YouTube audience will like, or not.

I think what appeals to most people who watch my music video is seeing the fun, smiles, laughter, and happiness that I express/project while playing that old upright piano; which seems to make them smile too.

As Louis Armstrong used to sing, "when you're smiling, when you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you". smile

Enjoy your new-to-you freebee piano!!

Rick


Thanks! I'm addicted to playing piano now. Wish I started years ago. I started with trombone in school, and guitar in my teens and twenties. I didn't get hooked on piano until the last couple of years.

I originally bought a digital piano about 10 years ago for my wife, and she never played it. I kinda took that one over. She is suddenly very interested in learning to play again on this new one so she may try to claim it as hers.

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Originally Posted by Karl Watson
Dear Piano Tipping:

One of the reception rooms at my church had what appears to be the identical instrument. I was consulted about its future. Over a one year period, the piano was tuned three times. It had VERY occasional use. Although the temperature and humidity were fairly constant, it could not hold a tuning. I might add that the tone and touch were terrible. The piano was a hog and, as a result, was given to the first person who expressed an interest in having it.

Sorry to be negative.

Karl Watson,
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No problem, thanks for the feedback. I'm not expecting much with it. Because it was free I don't have anything invested. I'd like to try fixing some of the issues with it, and may use it to try to learn how to tune myself. It's more of a toy for me to mess with and a second piano. If it turns out to be like the one you described I might give it to someone else down the road and get another one. I still prefer my Roland RD-800 over this by a long margin, but there is something fun about playing this acoustic as well.

I have joked with my wife that I'd like to fill the entire house with pianos. If they weren't so heavy and I could afford it I might actually do that.

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PT, if you site them correctly, weight doesn't need to be too much of a problem. You can use spreader plates to get the weight across 2 joists (or more) and then you would be fine.


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Originally Posted by Karl Watson
... Over a one year period, the piano was tuned three times. It had VERY occasional use. Although the temperature and humidity were fairly constant, it could not hold a tuning. .


That sounds like a candidate for a cyanoacrylate treatment. DIY and have change left from a $20.



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I just finished tuning it. It sounds a lot better:
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Sounds good, PT.

I believe I'd go over the tuning one more time, do a little hammer shaping/filing, hammer-to-string-mating, and some hammer voicing/needling, and you'll have a very nice sounding freebie piano!! smile

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If you had time, I'd run through the tuning one more time, especially since you had to correct the pitch pretty significantly when you did it the first time. Also, I'd have the machine remeasure the piano completely from scratch before you tuned it again.


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Thanks, will do. This is the first one I tuned. I watched a load of videos on YouTube and used the Entropy Piano Tuning app on my phone.
I'll do another tuning soon. I had more difficulty with the very low notes. They aren't sounding all that good.

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Originally Posted by Piano Tipping
Thanks, will do. This is the first one I tuned. I watched a load of videos on YouTube and used the Entropy Piano Tuning app on my phone.
I'll do another tuning soon. I had more difficulty with the very low notes. They aren't sounding all that good.


Most likely not much can be done about the low notes, because those strings are probably old and dead. And the bass wouldn't sound very good on a piano of that size anyway. Nice free piano laugh


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Sounds decent to me. Homer and Bart really enjoyed it from what I could tell.

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Congratulations -- you gambled and won on this one. After a few more tunings, it should settle in and hold better. The bass will never be all that good just because it's so small.



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Thanks for all the advice! It's a lot of fun to work on.

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