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I came across this and it seemed like it actually works. It avoids the pitfalls of other DIY methods that I've seen. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with it. It's called "Dirk's Piano Tuner"

Check out how bad this piano sounded and in about 1.5 hours it was perfectly in tune.


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Snore...maybe three hours later at the speed he was working...

If you call that in tune I feel sorry for you. It went from unplayable to fair. That's it.

No offense intended. Just an observation.

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I've seen Dirk's before. I'm sure it works although it's very labor intensive. Measuring each note would take a while, but I guess if you're doing it yourself you're not necessarily in a big hurry. There's other professional software that is much less expensive and have more features. Check them out: TuneLab and PianoMeter (Formerly Easy Piano Tuner).

Both are much better software and less expensive.

As far as the tuning instructions go, they are bare bones but accurate. There are different ways to mute the strings and it's usually faster to tune the unisons by ear but the software is good enough to get you where you want to go and again, if you're just tuning your own piano you'd do okay.

Just another side note...I tend to shy away from the word "perfect" when talking about piano tuning. Perfect doesn't exist. "Good enough" is more accurate. wink


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Originally Posted by P W Grey
Snore...maybe three hours later at the speed he was working...

If you call that in tune I feel sorry for you. It went from unplayable to fair. That's it.

No offense intended. Just an observation.

Pwg

So, tell us what you REALLY think 😏😜😂😉


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Originally Posted by P W Grey
Snore...maybe three hours later at the speed he was working...

If you call that in tune I feel sorry for you. It went from unplayable to fair. That's it.

No offense intended. Just an observation.

Pwg

Yes...I would call it in tune. I guess I don't know anything about what's in tune or not.

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Originally Posted by That Guy
I've seen Dirk's before. I'm sure it works although it's very labor intensive. Measuring each note would take a while, but I guess if you're doing it yourself you're not necessarily in a big hurry. There's other professional software that is much less expensive and have more features. Check them out: TuneLab and PianoMeter (Formerly Easy Piano Tuner).

Both are much better software and less expensive.

As far as the tuning instructions go, they are bare bones but accurate. There are different ways to mute the strings and it's usually faster to tune the unisons by ear but the software is good enough to get you where you want to go and again, if you're just tuning your own piano you'd do okay.

Just another side note...I tend to shy away from the word "perfect" when talking about piano tuning. Perfect doesn't exist. "Good enough" is more accurate. wink

Thanks, I was just wondering about it.

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Just another side note...I tend to shy away from the word "perfect" when talking about piano tuning. Perfect doesn't exist. "Good enough" is more accurate. wink


Very good point Scott. 👍

Pwg


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As someone said, "No tuning is ever finished, just left behind...."

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There was a thread sometime ago about tuning progressive M3s. The only person able to achieve this was a pianist (with a newly purchased Hamburg D) using Dirk's. I'm sure a search will turn up that thread.

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I'm sure that software can calculate a nice tuning, but as we know, what generally makes or breaks a good tuning is unisons. I hear many bad in that "tuning". Yes...better than before but...

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Originally Posted by P W Grey
I'm sure that software can calculate a nice tuning, but as we know, what generally makes or breaks a good tuning is unisons. I hear many bad in that "tuning". Yes...better than before but...

Pwg

We have been asked to comment on the software, its application and maybe the tuning curve, not on the quality of the unisons for a particular recording.

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Originally Posted by pyropaul
There was a thread sometime ago about tuning progressive M3s. The only person able to achieve this was a pianist (with a newly purchased Hamburg D) using Dirk's. I'm sure a search will turn up that thread.

Paul.


Perfectly progressive M3rd do not necessarily mean a good tuning for many reasons. Progressive M3rds, AND progressive something else, is better but still does not address correct stretch.


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Just an FYI: Tunelab for iOS is $299.00 so it's not that much cheaper than Dirk's now.


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