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Piano sounds worse after it was tuned #2399258
03/17/15 12:21 PM
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I have a c. 1967 Wurlitzer console piano. I recently returned to playing after several years. I'm still a beginner and don't know much about pianos. I knew it would probably have to be tuned twice. It also had a few sticking keys.

After the tuning, I still have some sticking keys, but worse than that, I now have lots of very sour sounding notes (wangy like a yowling cat!) They are two to three octaves around middle C. The tuner will be coming back. He claims I'm noticing them because the piano was so out of tune, although at the time, he said it could have been a half to whole step out of tune and was surprised to find it wasn't. I can hardly bear to practice when I hear these notes. It was not like this before the tuning.

My piano teacher has used him for years. She's wondering if my piano is the problem. What should I be addressing with him when he comes? Should I be expecting additional expense? Wouldn't he have known that? Thanks!

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Re: Piano sounds worse after it was tuned [Re: PamDD] #2399265
03/17/15 12:39 PM
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It can happen that a piano that has been neglected for some time will need extra care. Without knowing how the piano was before tuning, it is hard to say, but if you still have sticking notes, they should have been taken care of. It does not speak highly of the tuner's skills.


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Re: Piano sounds worse after it was tuned [Re: PamDD] #2399305
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He took the keyboard out in order to be able to better apply oil to the keys. And he did tune it twice. He came to my house two days for a total of about four hours. That sounds like "extra care". I should have played it before he left, but didn't think to do that. Maybe he's right that ALL the keys were so out of tune that my "sensitive ears" (his words) are picking up on the several keys that sound so bad to me. I'm hoping it can be fixed without additional expense. If I want to upgrade to a better piano, I sure can't sell it like this.

Re: Piano sounds worse after it was tuned [Re: PamDD] #2399311
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I guess my question is really this: If there was another problem with the sticking keys and untuned keys that needed additional repair, shouldn't he have been able to see that? Or could this be a problem that wouldn't be known for a while after tuning? However, I discovered it within a couple of days of the tuning. Hmm....

Last edited by PamDD; 03/17/15 02:28 PM.
Re: Piano sounds worse after it was tuned [Re: PamDD] #2860109
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Mumma Mia ! Any tuner worth his wage would be able to fix sticking keys !


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