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Geez, help a newbie out please #2900733
10/16/19 08:47 AM
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I haven't been playing piano that long, about two years but played woodwinds for many years and made hand-made mouthpieces for saxophones for almost forty years so I know a little about tone. I just had my Steinway tuned for the first time and it sounds much different. It's brighter and louder and at least one note is kind of dull. I bought it, a completely rebuilt Steinway model A built in 1906 about three months ago just to give you a little background. So is it my imagination or what? Do y'all think a voicing is in order? I've only played a few Steinway's but this was the brightest of them except for a couple I played at Steinway Hall. Can any suggest someone that does voicing in Westchester NY? Thanks everyone!

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Re: Geez, help a newbie out please [Re: Brian Sweeney] #2900839
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Can you upload a recording?
Did the technician do anything other than tuning on this visit?
What does "completely rebuilt" actually entail, because that term is misused across this industry...


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Re: Geez, help a newbie out please [Re: terminaldegree] #2900893
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I'd be way to self conscious to record something on here but I don't think it would record the issue because you wouldn't be able to hear it before and after and the noise the D makes wouldn't be audible. Overall, the piano go so much brighter I had to close the top.

But I know it got a new soundboard, Renner action and everything.

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Re: Geez, help a newbie out please [Re: Brian Sweeney] #2901401
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A very good tuning definitely changes the sound. Should be better and more harmonious. If it isca recently rebuilt instrument it is going to take some time to become settled in and stable. Also, the tone will change gradually over many months...like a kid growing up. Many similarities with children with new and rebuilt pianos.

You need to become accustomed to what "in tune" sounds like. Don't worry too much about one note atbthis point. That can change too. Get some playing time in on it and tune it frequently, even if you don't think it's too bad. The wire is changing shape, the hammers are getting packed, the soundboard is getting accustomed to the pressure.

Do you have humidity control?

Pwg


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Re: Geez, help a newbie out please [Re: P W Grey] #2901424
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Originally Posted by P W Grey
A very good tuning definitely changes the sound. Should be better and more harmonious. If it isca recently rebuilt instrument it is going to take some time to become settled in and stable. Also, the tone will change gradually over many months...like a kid growing up. Many similarities with children with new and rebuilt pianos.

You need to become accustomed to what "in tune" sounds like. Don't worry too much about one note atbthis point. That can change too. Get some playing time in on it and tune it frequently, even if you don't think it's too bad. The wire is changing shape, the hammers are getting packed, the soundboard is getting accustomed to the pressure.

Do you have humidity control?

Pwg


Thank you Pwg, I appreciate it. Yes, I have humidity control.


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