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#610590 12/29/07 02:25 PM
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Hey there,

I am thinking about buying these books. Would you recommend them? Should I buy just some of them? All comments are welcome.

  • New Techniques for Superior Aural Tuning by Virgil Smith
  • PTG PACE Lessons plans booklets
  • PTG Tuning/Technical Exam Sources (if I get PACE lessons, would these exam sources be of any help? Should I get one or the other?)
  • Guide to Field Repairs by Stephen Brady
  • The Piano Action Handbook by Randy Potter (I am not considering enrolling in Potter's school right now, who knows, maybe next year...)
  • Longitudinal Modes In Piano Strings by James F. Ellis.


Does anybody know where could I find the EUROPEAN VERSION of Nikolaus Schimmel & H.K. Herzog's Piano Nomenclatur? (if possible, at a reasonable price)

Please consider that I am trying to learn more about the piano and piano technology in a serious way, but don't exactly plan to become a technician (as mentioned in this thread )

I already got Reblitz, and am probably going to buy the cds of A Temperamental Journey by Owen Jorgensen, and obviously Del Fandrich's Piano Tone Building. Any other books/resources I should consider?

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I wouldn't bother with Potter's Piano Action Handbook at this point, Erus; it's a practical guide to different manufacturers' regulating specs for the working tech. Reblitz has all the regulating info you need at this point in your studies, IMO.

I got the Piano Nomenclatur book through Abebooks.com for a Mexican technician I was working with whose English wasn't great (having been assured it contained the terms in Spanish, but it doesn't). It's a slim book and it was expensive (I think at least $50, second-hand).


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Thanks Anne.

Thanks for warning me on the momenclature book, apparently it is much harder to find good piano technology books in spanish...

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Erus,

You have chosen some good books for the study of piano technology theory and practice. I have all of the books you listed, plus others, in my personal library except the Schimmel Piano Nomenclature book.

You might also find helpful the Five Lectures on the Acoustics of the Piano. You can view it
on-line for free! I have posted the link:

http://www.speech.kth.se/music/5_lectures/contents.html

Best regards,
Brent Musgrave

http://www.pianotek1963.com


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Skip "Longitudinal Modes" for now. Brady is excellent. Skip the Tuning and Tech Exam Source Books for now; the PACE lessons will keep you busy enough. Mason & Hunt's "Piano Parts and their Functions" will help you a lot; it gives all the nomenclature. Skip "Piano Tone Building" for now, too. Add "The Piano Book".

For more:
http://ptg.org/resources-books.php

--Cy--


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pianotek1963:

Thanks!!! I had found those lectures, and read a couple of them long before I really cared about acoustics. The only thing I remembered about them was "a recording of an instrument by Cristofori". I had been looking for those lectures, but hadn't been succesful because I just didn't remember what to look for in the first place.

Cy Shuster:

I liked your website, you've got some good links there. Your suggestions have also been applied to my shopping cart, thanks.


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