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I am a pianist who is interested in learning how to tune my own piano and make minor repairs to my own instruments. Can anyone recommend an online course?

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Save a lot by buying two or three books: Piano Tuning, Servicing and Rebuilding, 3rd Edition, by Arthur Reblitz, the superb Pianos Inside Out, by Mario Igrec, and The Haynes Piano Manual, by John Bishop.

If you have fine pianos (your profile says a Steinway and a Yamaha), be wary of messing them up!

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Thanks for the suggestion, David. I will look for these books. And, yes, I will proceed with extreme caution if I do anything to my instruments!

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Thanks for forwarding this, Mark.

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Originally Posted by David Boyce
Save a lot by buying two or three books: Piano Tuning, Servicing and Rebuilding, 3rd Edition, by Arthur Reblitz, the superb Pianos Inside Out, by Mario Igrec, and The Haynes Piano Manual, by John Bishop.


+1 thumb

Also Howard Piano Ind. youtube channel has many instructional videos:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr_CSpTPaedbMMC89sazTnA

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By now - as an old fart - I find it seriously disturbing that piano students and pianists are virtually left in the dark about their instrument, unless they show an active interest and seek out resources outside their place of study.

I have studied the piano at a renowned German conservatory and have never even met one of the piano tuners of the institutions, let alone learn from them about some of the basics of the instruments' innards. I was privileged to have a friend, who was a very good piano technician and got a basic grip of what tuning, regulation and voicing actually is and I still feel very, very privileged to have spent countless hours with this guy, both on the piano and in listening sessions, because he was also also a proficient piano player and a music lover. He actually was the guy to get us tickets for the 1986 Horowitz recital in Hamburg through his connections to Steinway.

That was unique and I believe that it is fundamentally wrong that learning about the instrument you spend many hours a day with is NOT part of the curriculum in basically all conservatories and music colleges. I only know of one exception and that is Katowice in Poland where a renowned technician from England teaches every two weeks.

It's also a loss of really great potential to grow a new generation of concert technicians, because many piano graduates will only see teaching as the way to make a living. I'd rather have someone with a really deep knowledge about piano playing, literature, sound and feeling of a well prepared piano to get into piano technology than seeing him/her disappear into the mediocrity of every day piano teaching.

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Cool! I didn’t realize that there was a 3rd edition of the Reblitz book.



“Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer,
and pour out my despair at the piano.”

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To OE1FEU: You make some great points and I agree with them. I studied piano performance at conservatory for 7 years and never had any training about the piano's mechanisms. Obviously, they're complicated, but we should at least be taught some basic things.

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