Piano tuner

A great tool to use when dusting your piano soundboard.

SST 104 Spurlock Soundboard Cleaners from PianoTec Supply Company

I like the design of this tool better than some of the other soundboard cleaning tools as this one does not scratch the soundboard, and cleans the piano soundboard precisely.

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Piano Tuning by Julia

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Does your piano sound a little off key?  Do a few notes annoy you every time you play?  Are you concerned about the quality of your choir’s next recorded event?  Do you find that your ears rebel during piano practice?  Has it been six months or more since your piano was tuned last?  It may be time to schedule a piano tuning.  In our temperate climate, weather changes and sensitive woods in the piano affect the tension of the strings, causing variations in tone.  Most pianos should be tuned twice a year to adjust to the new changes in temperature and humidity.  If your piano causes your ears to suffer, contact Julia Race at (570) 295-0371 to schedule your piano tuning.

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Save Your Piano – Don’t Spray Oils

This season, as we prepare to receive company, we dust off traditions and customs that are dear to us.  When it comes to dusting your piano, remember to spray your cloth first and then dust your piano.

“My piano does not stay in tune!”

Silicones and oils that are sprayed onto the piano can make their way to the wood doughnut-like bushings that surround the tuning pins.  These bushings need to tightly grip the tuning pins so your piano stays in tune.  When they become slippery, the tuning pins will not stay where the piano technician puts them, and withing a few minutes, the pin is unwinding toward the flat position.  This situation is common to dry-rotted pin bushings, or pianos that have received too much dry heat and not enough moisture.

The Dampp-Chaser company sells smart sensors that automatically detect the amount of moisture in the air and adjust that to provide either more dampness or more dryness in your specific situation.  This is a real boon for churches, schools and homes where excess dryness, humidity or change is involved.  The pianos I tune that are in the best condition have a Dampp Chaser installed.  As a piano technician, I can install a Dampp-Chaser unit on request.

For older pianos that have seen neglect or oils, Garfield’s Pinblock Restorer, or PinTite may be a help.  The Garfield’s product takes a week to set, the PinTite sets up within the same day.  Both applications require a vertical piano to be placed on it’s back during the process.  Another method to restore the necessary friction is to install a tuning pin bushing.  This method involves un-stringing the pin in question, inserting a thin metallic shim, re-inserting the pin, restringing the wire, and tuning.  Naturally, I take the condition of the piano wire into condition on a job like that.  I would not care to try it on rusty piano wire, or when most of the bushings are loose.  On piano restorations, sometimes the entire pinblock and/or individual bushings are replaced.  These large and expensive jobs require specialized tools and a highly-trained craftsman.

Three main helps are:

1.  Do not spray furniture oils or silicone-based products onto your piano.

2.  Use a Dampp-Chaser system to protect your investment.

3.  Repair existing damages with a pinblock solution or bushings.

Julia is available to help you with your piano tunings and repair.  For scheduling, please contact her through the online form or at 570-295-0371.

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Time to call Julia?

“Next Time, I’m calling Julia Race.”

Experts agree that a piano should be tuned every six to twelve months, to keep it at its best performance.  To safeguard your musical investment, call Julia Race Music Services today at (570) 295-0371, to schedule your next piano tuning.

A piano technician, Julia provides a free professional cleaning with each scheduled tuning.  Julia is a graduate of the American School of Piano Tuning.

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Ebay Special! Baldwin French Provincial Spinet Piano in Gloss Black Starting bid $1,200.00

To see this Ebay New Year’s special, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/271127963959?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 and view this very special piano.

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Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver Servicing Available

Does your piano Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver need to be serviced? I can replace worn and moldy Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver pads, missing sleeves, corroded heating elements, missing water cans, broken humidistats, and new Smart Brackets.

Watch your Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver light to keep your piano humidified in the dryness of winter. You will be amazed at the difference in the quality of sound you will experience when your Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver is operating effectively!

If your piano does not have a Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver installed, please call me for an estimate on a complete system to protect your investment.

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Piano Tuning Discount

Weather and humidity changes can take your piano out of tune. If this is not corrected in six months to a year, your piano may resist a single tuning and need two or even three tunings to stay in proper pitch. This summer, celebrate harmony and receive a discount of $10.00 off of your piano tuning when you mention this WordPress article. Tunings are especially recommended before recitals, recordings, concerts, cantatas or other musical events.

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