Piano Tuning Vancouver BC - www.thepianoshopinabox.com

By: Matthijs Pieter Eterman  09-12-2011
Keywords: piano, Tuning, Hammers


Piano Tuning – Adjusting the tension of the strings to the proper level, thus bringing out the best sound qualities of your instrument.

  1. Regulation – Simply all the adjustments needed to maintain all the moving parts of your piano in proper working order. A properly regulated instrument will react to your touch, as opposed to the old clunker with no range of expression and those ‘two stubborn’ keys that will not come back up.
  2. Concert Piano Service – As in Piano Tuning (see above), plus a general overall check of the instrument. Sometimes there is the need to work with the artist to make the instrument work for his or her particular need. This is where the bridge is built between the artistic needs of the pianist and the practical, mechanical possibilities of the concert instrument.
  3. Voicing – After tuning and regulation are within specs, the hammers need to have the correct consistency and evenly strike the strings to bring out the true voice of the instrument. A hammer that is too hard will bounce off and give a harsh, shallow tone with a lack of ‘sustain’. By softening the hammers in the right places, this can be adjusted. Hammers with uneven surfaces can make the piano sound out of tune. Many times when I am called to retune a piano serviced by another piano tuner, there is nothing dramatically wrong with the tuning. The problem is usually the voicing. Most modern pianos have hard hammers to begin with and regular playing will compact the hammers even more. In addition there is the wear and tear. The hammer felt is denser in the deeper layers. As the outer layers wear off, the voice of your piano will become harsh.
  4. Maintenance Schedules – Set up regular piano service visits, so not only the tuning is done, but the whole instrument is serviced at the intervals needed to satisfy your particular needs. I can see to your instrument for minimal services at a very sharp rate. I will spend a maximum of 30 minutes, during which time I can perform either a partial tuning, a small repair or answer your questions. Two or three of these visits per year, plus one full tuning service will maintain your instrument better and at a lower annual cost.
  5. Piano Purchasing Consulting –In my opinion, it is beneficial for the consumer to hire an independent piano technician when purchasing a new piano. Most piano dealers offer piano technicians and teachers commissions for bringing in a new customer. This practice can in some cases make the tech / teacher biased in favor of the dealer.
  6. Reconditioning – One of my specialties. - Bringing a neglected piano back to life. This usually involves: tuning, pitch adjustment, hammer shaping, regulation and voicing. During my 35 years as a piano technician, I have found that many pianos are not receiving the tender love and care they deserve from their tuner. Tuning is simply the only thing they know. After a number of years, when piano owners suddenly recognize the need to look for someone to fix a particular problem, their tuner appears unable to repair it. At this point in time, it is often necessary to completely rebuild the piano. If that is financially unfeasible, there may be some other tricks that might help extend the life of the instrument without breaking the bank. Too many years of neglect, can not be recovered like this. In those cases a full rebuilt is the only solution.
  7. In Home Piano Repairs – The name of my business reflects the fact that my repair shop is in my toolbox. This saves enormous amounts of money in transporting the instrument to a repair facility.
  8. Cleaning – Removing dust and allergens not only from your piano but also from the house, by vacuuming and venting to the outside. I think I am the first piano tech in the GVRD that offers this service today.
  9. Cabinet Repairs – My experience as a woodworker can help solve many cabinet problems, including minor finish repairs
  10. Piano Action And Key Refelting – After many years of service, felt, leather and cloth wear out, and frequently used instruments often last longer than these materials. The old fashioned way of doing this, is with hide glue, an animal product, which is 100% reversible and still widely used in better pianos today. It is the best product available, as the glue sets fast and this results in a job that can be easily redone. We have all seen the old piano, with the contact cement ivory key top glued back on, only to fall off again. There is a right way to fix these things. Ask for details and estimates.

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Keywords: Hammers, piano, Piano Technician, Tuning

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