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#2625520 - 03/20/17 08:20 PM What are some of your favorite things about tuning?
Loren D Offline
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Registered: 06/22/10
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Obviously we all love to tune. There are some parts of the process that just jump out at me. I love setting a temperament and listening to it fall into place. Now and then, a temperament just works on the first try without having to go back and tweak a note here or there to smooth it out. I love when that happens.

Another thing I love is tuning bass octaves (on well-scaled pianos, that is!). I love the sound of the partials we tune to.

Those are some of the things I find particularly rewarding when tuning. I'm sure I"ll think of others. Anyone else?
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#2625548 - 03/20/17 10:57 PM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
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I like that time, after the job is done, when sitting in the car in the driveway and hearing the piano being played.
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#2625549 - 03/20/17 11:01 PM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
P W Grey Offline
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Loc: New Hampshire
I would say that one of my favorite things is walking in to a piano that is absolutely HORRIBLE sounding, totally unusable, essentially dead musically, and two hours or so later it is like a musical resurrection. Everyone is smiling, happy, can't believe the difference, didn't think it was possible, yet here it is. That feels good every time.

The fact that it brings happiness back to their ears and faces is really the part I like!

Pwg
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#2625551 - 03/20/17 11:14 PM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
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On the mechanical end of tuning I like a well designed piano with properly drilled pin block, carefully notched and pinned bridges, minimal friction at aliquots, well designed scale. All the things that facilitate less struggling with setting the pin, stability, false beats, etc. mostly found in quality restorations.
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#2625585 - 03/21/17 05:24 AM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
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I like it when a couple of young siblings are maneuvering to be the first to play the freshly tuned piano as I am doing the final checks.

Or when the hound of the house cant help but let you know what the pitch of a certain note really is supposed to be: Ooooowwwooowwwoo!

And the relief in a Music Director's voice over the phone when you tell them, yes, you can get the piano tuned in time for next week's concert and the sticking key shouldn't be a problem.
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#2625609 - 03/21/17 08:41 AM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
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For me, it has turned out to be the long-term 'snapshot' relationships as families get a piano for a young student and I follow that piano through the years. Many of those adults are now deciding to take lessons with the kids gone!

The trust clients show.

I suppose if I just stick to "tuning"... it would be the first big leap from way out of tune- unplayable - to sounding decent - and having the client notice!

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#2625624 - 03/21/17 09:50 AM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
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Five things for now:

1. Returning to a piano I tuned sometime ago (weeks/months) and still thinking, "Hey, that's still a good sounding/usable tuning!"

2. The feeling of satisfaction when all the "checks" work out well at the end of a tuning, concluding with a good sounding test piece or two.

3. Hearing a positive progression in my tuning over time through recordings: The difference between a year ago vs just 6 months later is pretty noticeable.

4. Making clients happy.

5. Having another income generating skill related to the music field.
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#2625648 - 03/21/17 10:58 AM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Chris Leslie]
Loren D Offline
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Originally Posted By Chris Leslie
I like that time, after the job is done, when sitting in the car in the driveway and hearing the piano being played.


Yep, very rewarding!
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#2625695 - 03/21/17 01:31 PM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
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The most I like is been able to play in tune pianos.

My experience tells me that almost all pianists play out of tune pianos most of the time and they seldom play an in tune piano, only on specials venues as recitals... and once per year (the day the tuner comes to tune their piano).

Me, I never play out of tune pianos!

I buy used pianos to repair and sell and the first thing I do when a piano arrives at home is tune it and play some music to have an idea of what it needs to become a good piano for sale.

I can not sell a piano until it satisfies me in the first place. If there is something wrong I fix it, included tuning. Yes, I know the piano is going to go out of tune 3 weeks after it leaves my shop, but I just can not deliver it out of tune.




Edited by Gadzar (03/21/17 01:32 PM)
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#2625712 - 03/21/17 03:05 PM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
Ed Foote Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
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Loc: Tennessee
My favorite thing about tuning is watching someone encounter a well-tempered piano for the first time. My second favorite thing is fireworks.
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#2625713 - 03/21/17 03:07 PM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
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Registered: 06/09/05
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Loc: Minneapolis
As a non tech, what I love about tuning, if I am around when my tuner is there, is when a unison sounds in tune to me, but then when it is REALLY in tune, that moment when the note moves from an almost non-detectable waver into a pure, unwavering sound is just awe-inspiring and satisfying, and I feel my muscles relax with it.

(Similar when I am tuning a guitar in unisons for some keys, but not nearly as dramatic).
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#2625726 - 03/21/17 03:56 PM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
Loren D Offline
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Lots of great comments here! Looks like we all appreciate a lot of the same things.
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#2625778 - 03/21/17 07:02 PM Re: What are some of your favorite things about tuning? [Re: Loren D]
Mark Cerisano, RPT Offline
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Registered: 01/24/10
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Loc: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I love it when I don't have to refine the temperament. I also love when the large intervals hum when the stretch is just right.


Edited by Mark Cerisano, RPT (03/21/17 07:03 PM)
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