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Hey, I'm a tuner in Australia and I technically don't know where my job title sits in terms of who is deemed essential for work or not, I have however put a hold on work for the time being because of the amount of elder i tuner for and would hate to become a carrier and infect people by accident.
Sort of a mini holiday to put a positive spin on it.
How are you handling this plague?


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I’m not a tuner or tech, but,

I’ve had a great week working on my 1926. Apollo baby grand. So far, I’ve replaced the capstan felts and hammer butt leathers. I’ve lubricated both with teflon. I’ve adjusted hammer blow, let off, and drop. I repaired a couple of broken hammer shanks.

Today I checked and adjusted hammer travel. About 25 of them needed shims. Then, I aligned the repetition levers/jacks to the hammer shanks. About 30 wippens had to be shimmed.

This project has languished for lack of time. I’m happy to have this sudden abundance of interruption free time.


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I'm shut down for the time being and enjoying a (hopefully) brief tuning hiatus. Time will tell, I guess. Our governor ordered all non-essential businesses to close, and most are complying.


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Originally Posted by Ralphiano
This project has languished for lack of time. I’m happy to have this sudden abundance of interruption free time.

Hahaha, I've started refinishing an old guitar. It's a project that had been put on the back burner several years ago!


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Hi LawsonK. Periodically someone from Australia will turn up here looking for a technician. Seems you guys are in short supply in many parts of the country.


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Sitting home....me and the dog....it's as dead as a doorknob as we say around here (why we say "doorknob" is beyond me)....long days yes sir but like I always say there are "Better-Days-Ahead". So, don't lose the faith.


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The Gov' closed down the plant (my day job as Electrical Designer) so started replacing the tranny in the pick-up. But they decided making "doorskins" was an essential business and called us back after a few days. Might finish the tranny soon... Still tuning, though.


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*TOTALLY polital comment removed.*

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Bologna!

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*INAPPROPRIATE political comment REMOVED*


Bologna!

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I don't like the previous three comments.

This is an international Forum (even if the majority of participants are in the USA) and contributors may have a variety of political and religious opinions. There are Forums for such discussions. Can we keep this Forum for matters directly relating to the work of piano technicians please?

If not, I'm off.

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Apologies to David and and anyone I've caused offence to. Cabin fever has well and truly set in here. I'll delete my earlier comment.

Edit: looks like i can't delete it blush

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Found a way to enforce Social Distancing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcKHBgZ_QKU


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Just an FYI..

I understand that even though this topic might not normally be appropriate to this forum, we let it stand because it is of such concern to all.

That does not mean we will allow political commentary to be made. Be concerned, helpful, etc. But no political comments, ok? That is a long standing rule of the forum. And it goes for whatever politicians or policy you like or hate.


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Thank you Ken.

I think this thread is appropriate - that's why I said "matters directly relating to the work of piano technicians". The present situation is certainly directly related to the work of piano technicians!

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I booked the regular appt with my tech before the business shutdown was announced. I think we both understood that it was penciled-in, depending on conditions as they developed closer to the event. If both of us, and our families are well, I think the risk is reduced to the lowest practicable level, and is justifiable. Or, if either party prefers to postpone, that is also fine; no reason required.

He and I are the only people who ever touch the piano. I'll be sure the keys are cleaned up, both before and after, and any other surfaces he might need to touch. Clean towels and a new soap in the downstairs bath, etc.

On the other hand, it still sounds darn good, better than the local news sounds. Restrictions keep getting tighter, and maybe after all it will be better to put it off. By the end of next week, we are on track for the capacity of local hospitals to be seriously impacted, and the restrictions are, after all, intended to keep people like us out of those Intensive Care beds.

How am I handling COVID? Staying home, using mask and gloves for essential trips like groceries. Most members of the public are not using them, from what I have seen. A couple of boxes of gloves, left over from a knee surgery that developed problems, we gave to neighbors of mine in the medical profession.

Reading, watching TV, doing a little gardening, walking the dogs but staying on the property, and of course, practicing.


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David,
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Originally Posted by Gary Fowler
David,
Sometimes you just have to respect other’s
rights of free speech.

Certainly, Gary. And if this is going to be a Forum for political polemics etc, then that will suit those who want that. In that event, I will move on.

I had understood this to be a Forum for matters directly relating to the work of piano technicians. The present Coronavirus crisis certainly directly affects the work of piano technicians. I can't see, however, that airing/discussing political view about the government of one nation is relevant to this Forum, and I'd have thought there would probably be Forums just for such discussions.

But it isn't my Forum, it's Frank's, so it's entirely up to him.

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Sometimes you just have to respect other’s
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There is no "Right" to free speech on a private forum....Just sayin


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