Piano Tuning

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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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Regulating Your Piano

By Newfound Pianos

“Piano Regulating Needs,
As a mechanical device, your piano’s “action” needs regular adjustment called “Regulating”. A regulated piano is more responsive to the demands of the pianist. Actions parts swell and shrink with humidity changes and it is not uncommon for a new piano to need regulating within the first year as parts begin to break in when used. Likewise all movable parts on any new or older piano show the effects of wear as the piano is used. Regulation is needed to compensate for the settling of cloth, felt and buckskin aside from the dimensional changes in wooden and wool parts due to changes in relative humidity. Small adjustments are common recommendations by your piano technician and should be accomplished in order to avoid unnecessary repairs and replacement of parts in order to avoid more frequent full scale regulations.”

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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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For Sale: Baldwin Spinet Piano Newly Refinished in Gloss Black

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Baldwin French Provincial Spinet Piano Gloss Black Refinished 3 Pedals 88 Keys

$1400

View this item on Ebay at http://www.ebay.com/itm/271179149071?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

This Baldwin piano was recently professionally refinished by Julia Race Music Services.

  • The former color was Regal Oak, but is now Gloss Black.

  • The serial numbers fit the Baldwin Acrosonic, (Please see pianoworld.com for Baldwin and Acrosonic) but there was no other reference to the Acrosonic sub-brand on the piano.  Usually, if a piano was designated Acrosonic by Baldwin, there would be a second label to the far right of the center “Baldwin” label on the center front of the piano.  According to the serial number 1284647, if Acrosonic, this piano was built between 1981 and 1982.

  • The French Provincial or French Country design is evident in the scroll work above the piano desk, the fancy key cover handles and the curved legs on the piano and bench.

  • The touch on the sound is pleasantly soft without being too easy, quiet, or mushy.  The touch would be soft enough for a beginner, but not annoyingly soft to an experienced pianist.  The repetition rate is very nice.

  • The sound is nice and clear, loud enough for a group, and quiet enough for your living room.

  • As part of the refinishing of this piano, a previously missing oak bottom panel was replaced and refinished with another oak panel.

  • The key bed, piano back and entire case were thoroughly cleaned.

  • Surfaces blemishes were repaired with a polyurethane product before being sanded and refinished with a quality polyurethane glossy color.  The rectangle stylistic frames on the exterior case sides were removed for a more modern look.

  • The felts are still in good shape.  The keys were professionally removed and cleaned along with the keybed.  The front and balance rail felts and paper punchings were removed and replaced with new ones.  The keys were leveled.

  • The tuning pin bushings are very tight.  As a professional piano technician, I have come across many levels of bushing holding power, and these bushings are better than most pianos I have dealt with.

  • The piano has been tuned and will be tuned once more to A440 before sale.

  • The measurements of the piano are as follows:

       Length at the lid: 57″.
Width at the key bed: 25″.
Height from the floor to the top of the lid: 36 1/4″.


I encourage prospective piano buyers to view this piano personally.  Please call Julia at (570) 295-0371 to arrange a meeting.  I do not ship internationally.  I also do not receive payment without a visit from the buyer, in person, due to internet scams and common sense.  Please do not email me with a request to send payment without coming to see the instrument, because I will not respond to that request.  Shipping may be available upon an individual basis for destinations within 200 miles of zip code 17745.  Please call Larry at (570) 295-5277 to see if this may be an option for you before bidding on this item.

The Piano Blue Book has this to say of Baldwin pianos:

        “BALDWIN Pianos bearing this well known and an honorable name was the product of The Baldwin Piano Mfg.Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and were. In the best sense of the word, instruments of the highest degree of excellence. The system or chain of scientific improvements peculiar to the Baldwin piano based on the law of acoustics, and known as the Baldwin acoustic system, which permitted the greatest conservation of tone, secures an artistic result of the highest quality, and has resulted in gaining for. It a leading position among the world’s artistic musical instruments. The Baldwin piano has an individuality of the highest character. When it was exhibited at the International Exposition at Paris in 1900 it was honored with an award (The Grand Prix) which has never been bestowed on any, other American piano, and the highest honor ever received by any, piano made In America. The Baldwin pianos are made in most modem and perfectly equipped factories under ideal manufacturing conditions. At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., 1904, the Baldwin piano was again awarded the Grand Prize and still another Grand Prize was awarded the Baldwin pianos and Manualos at the Anglo-American Exposition, London, 1914. The “New York Tribune,” in commenting on the comprehensive display of the Baldwin Company at Paris, and the success of this piano and this house, said that they made a record that would never he forgot in the history of uprights, grands and reproducing pianos, the grands including the various sizes from concert grands to small grands for parlors. In Rome, 1923, the Baldwin piano was awarded the Papal Medal and the House of Baldwin appointed “Purveyors to the Holy See.” The Baldwin piano is recognized as a universal favorite between the leading operatic artists and virtuosos of the pianoforte. The Baldwin Manualo is a unification of the most artistic piano with the most scientific players’ construction; in other words, it combines the highest artistic attainment in piano production with the most gratifying ability of performance. The entire output is controlled by The Baldwin Piano Company.

        The Baldwin Grand Piano, designed, built and guaranteed by the Baldwin Company, Loveland, Ohio, is used exclusively by the first rank of artists in all spheres of musical expression – pianists, composers, conductors, singers, instrumentalists – as well as the outstanding symphony orchestras around the world and in music festivals everywhere. Without reservation, from the nine-foot concert grand to the five feet, two inch grand, every Baldwin embodies the latest concepts of acoustical science and piano making, it is a precision engineered musical instrument of the highest degree of excellence. Any Baldwin made piano is worth the time. Money and energy to rebuild or refurbish.

        Baldwin also builds Howard spinet and grand pianos, and Hamilton studio pianos for home and school, all maintain great resale value.

1900 – 10400 1962 – 152706 1974 – 204113 1986 – 266329
1910 – 16400 1963 – 156591 1975 – 208742 1987 – 270416
1920 – 35800 1964 – 160868 1976 – 213470 1988 – 278556
1930 – 63000 1965 – 165701 1977 – 217853 1989 – 284228
1940 – 88700 1967 – 175821 1979 – 228858 1991 – 293772
1943 – 102000 1968 – 179702 1980 – 236654 1992 – 301774
1948 – 105000 1969 – 184661 1981 – 242984 1993 – 305110
1950 – 110243 1970 – 190028 1982 – 248306 1994 – 310000
1955 – 128167 1971 – 192401 1983 – 253274 1995 – 313000
1960 – 145002 1972 – 195485 1984 – 257293 1996 – 316000
1961 – 148635 1973 – 199649 1985 – 26225″       
 -bluebookofpianos.com/agesb.htm#BALDWIN
 “ACROSONIC
    This distinctive and exclusive name designates a line of spinet and console pianos built by the Baldwin Piano Company. Coined from the Greek word,”akros,” meaning supreme and the Latin word, “sonus,” meaning tone, the trade mark “Acrosonic” is registered in the United States Patent Office. Acrosonics are famous for their beautifully compact styling, their tonal clarity and power and Baldwin’s exclusive Full-Blow Action.

1936-2650001967-831583 1977-1104802 1987-1406054
1946-3650001968-851540 1978-1135737 1988-1432927
1956-5854541969-881087 1979-1180266 1989-1442402
1960-6798441970-912986 1980-1220374 1990-1431760
1961-7028061971-933476 1981-1253176 1991-1450068
1962-7237781972-953937 1982-1286178 1992-1463568
1963-7437721973-979129 1983-1324487 1993-1478744
1964-7631431974-1007687 1984-1343955 1994-1483157
1965-7840171975-1035719 1985-1365605 1995-1491127
1966-8037271976-1067508 1986-1383187 1996-150032″
 -bluebookofpianos.com/agesa.htm#Acrosonic

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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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For Sale: Baldwin French Provincial Piano, Newly Refinished in Gloss Black with 88 Keys and 3 Pedals

For Sale: Baldwin French Provincial Piano, Newly Refinished in Gloss Black with 88 Keys and 3 Pedals

Was $2,000.00  Now $1,699.00

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     Characteristics:  This Baldwin piano was recently professionally refinished by Julia Race Music Services.  The former color was Regal Oak, but is now Gloss Black.  The French Provincial or French Country design is evident in the scroll work above the piano desk, the fancy key cover handles and the curved legs on the piano and bench.  The touch on the sound is pleasantly soft without being too easy, quiet, or mushy. The touch would be soft enough for a beginner, but not annoyingly soft to an experienced pianist. The repetition rate feels wonderful.  The sound is nice and clear, loud enough for a group, and quiet enough for your living room.  I have been using this in for a small church and piano lessons since it was refinished and have found it to be a good instrument for solos, private practice, lessons, and congregational accompaniment.
Repairs:  As part of the refinishing of this piano, the missing oak bottom panel was replaced and refinished with another oak panel.  The key bed, piano back and entire case were thoroughly cleaned.  Surfaces blemishes were repaired with a polyurethane product before being sanded and refinished with a quality polyurethane glossy color. The rectangle stylistic frames on the exterior case sides were removed for a more modern look.  A small repair was made in the lower hitch pin area.  The felts are still in good shape and the tuning pin bushings are very tight. As a professional piano technician, I have come across many levels of bushing holding power, and these bushings are better than most pianos I have dealt with.  The piano has been tuned and will be tuned once more to A440 before sale.
Dimensions:  The measurements of the piano are as follows:

Length at the lid: 57″.
Width at the key bed: 25″.
Height from the floor to the top of the lid: 36 1/4″.
Shipping:  I encourage prospective piano buyers to view this piano personally. Please call Julia at (570) 295-0371 to arrange a meeting. I do not ship internationally. Shipping may be available upon an individual basis for destinations within 200 miles of zip code 17745. Please call Larry at (570) 295-5277 to see if this may be an option for you before trying to buy this item.

Age:  The serial numbers fit the Baldwin Acrosonic, but there was no other reference to the Acrosonic sub-brand on the piano. According to the serial number 1284647, if Acrosonic, this piano was built between 1981 and 1982.  Please scroll down to the end of the blog to see the list of serial numbers for Baldwin/Acrosonic.

The Piano Blue Book has this to say of Baldwin pianos:

“BALDWIN Pianos bearing this well known and an honorable name was the product of The Baldwin Piano Mfg.Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and were. In the best sense of the word, instruments of the highest degree of excellence. The system or chain of scientific improvements peculiar to the Baldwin piano based on the law of acoustics, and known as the Baldwin acoustic system, which permitted the greatest conservation of tone, secures an artistic result of the highest quality, and has resulted in gaining for. It a leading position among the world’s artistic musical instruments. The Baldwin piano has an individuality of the highest character. When it was exhibited at the International Exposition at Paris in 1900 it was honored with an award (The Grand Prix) which has never been bestowed on any, other American piano, and the highest honor ever received by any, piano made In America. The Baldwin pianos are made in most modem and perfectly equipped factories under ideal manufacturing conditions. At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., 1904, the Baldwin piano was again awarded the Grand Prize and still another Grand Prize was awarded the Baldwin pianos and Manualos at the Anglo-American Exposition, London, 1914. The “New York Tribune,” in commenting on the comprehensive display of the Baldwin Company at Paris, and the success of this piano and this house, said that they made a record that would never he forgot in the history of uprights, grands and reproducing pianos, the grands including the various sizes from concert grands to small grands for parlors. In Rome, 1923, the Baldwin piano was awarded the Papal Medal and the House of Baldwin appointed “Purveyors to the Holy See.” The Baldwin piano is recognized as a universal favorite between the leading operatic artists and virtuosos of the pianoforte. The Baldwin Manualo is a unification of the most artistic piano with the most scientific players’ construction; in other words, it combines the highest artistic attainment in piano production with the most gratifying ability of performance. The entire output is controlled by The Baldwin Piano Company.

The Baldwin Grand Piano, designed, built and guaranteed by the Baldwin Company, Loveland, Ohio, is used exclusively by the first rank of artists in all spheres of musical expression – pianists, composers, conductors, singers, instrumentalists – as well as the outstanding symphony orchestras around the world and in music festivals everywhere. Without reservation, from the nine-foot concert grand to the five feet, two inch grand, every Baldwin embodies the latest concepts of acoustical science and piano making, it is a precision engineered musical instrument of the highest degree of excellence. Any Baldwin made piano is worth the time. Money and energy to rebuild or refurbish.

Baldwin also builds Howard spinet and grand pianos, and Hamilton studio pianos for home and school, all maintain great resale value.

1900 – 10400 1962 – 152706 1974 – 204113 1986 – 266329
1910 – 16400 1963 – 156591 1975 – 208742 1987 – 270416
1920 – 35800 1964 – 160868 1976 – 213470 1988 – 278556
1930 – 63000 1965 – 165701 1977 – 217853 1989 – 284228
1940 – 88700 1967 – 175821 1979 – 228858 1991 – 293772
1943 – 102000 1968 – 179702 1980 – 236654 1992 – 301774
1948 – 105000 1969 – 184661 1981 – 242984 1993 – 305110
1950 – 110243 1970 – 190028 1982 – 248306 1994 – 310000
1955 – 128167 1971 – 192401 1983 – 253274 1995 – 313000
1960 – 145002 1972 – 195485 1984 – 257293 1996 – 316000
1961 – 148635 1973 – 199649 1985 – 26225″

-bluebookofpianos.com/agesb.htm#BALDWIN”

“ACROSONIC

This distinctive and exclusive name designates a line of spinet and console pianos built by the Baldwin Piano Company. Coined from the Greek word,”akros,” meaning supreme and the Latin word, “sonus,” meaning tone, the trade mark “Acrosonic” is registered in the United States Patent Office. Acrosonics are famous for their beautifully compact styling, their tonal clarity and power and Baldwin’s exclusive Full-Blow Action.

1936-2650001967-831583 1977-1104802 1987-1406054
1946-3650001968-851540 1978-1135737 1988-1432927
1956-5854541969-881087 1979-1180266 1989-1442402
1960-6798441970-912986 1980-1220374 1990-1431760
1961-7028061971-933476 1981-1253176 1991-1450068
1962-7237781972-953937 1982-1286178 1992-1463568
1963-7437721973-979129 1983-1324487 1993-1478744
1964-7631431974-1007687 1984-1343955 1994-1483157
1965-7840171975-1035719 1985-1365605 1995-1491127
1966-8037271976-1067508 1986-1383187 1996-150032″

-bluebookofpianos.com/agesa.htm#Acrosonic

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Various Pitches Available

 

Many pianos are regularly tuned to standard pitch, or A440.  At this pitch, the “A” above middle C will have 440 beats per second.  The other piano notes are tuned in relation to this pitch.

Other pianos have not been tuned for several years.  Some have been stored at uncontrolled temperatures and have gone flat, or come below the standard pitch.  Piano technicians divide each key’s sound into 100 segments of sound, called “cents”.  One piano I tuned lately had keys that were about 80 cents flat.  In other words, a middle C would have sounded closer to a B than a C.  When I meet a piano like this, I recommend a few options for tuning.  Older pianos that have suffered neglect for many years may react better to a tuning that will provide agreement within the piano, but not with “standard pitch”.  To bring a neglected piano up to standard pitch in one tuning in the above case would not be a good idea.  Steel strings, though of the highest quality, tend to break when tuned up too suddenly.  Bass strings, especially, tend to be expensive per string, so my options are as follows:

Tune the piano in it’s general range to agree with itself.

or

Tune the piano to standard pitch in several tunings.

I leave the decision with the owner.  If the piano is mainly a solo instrument, or is played with instruments that can be tuned such as a guitar, mandolin, or violin, a piano that agrees with itself can be sufficient.  This option works if the owner wants to have their piano sound good right away.

If, however the piano is to be played with an organ, flute, another piano, or an electrical keyboard that cannot change pitch, the owner may require the piano to be tuned to standard pitch.  If this is the case, I try to evaluate how many tunings will be required before the standard pitch goal is met.  In the case of neglected pianos, other parts of the piano must be considered, especially the wood tuning pin bushings, which can dry out and cause slipping pins and “flat” or “out of tune” notes.  If the bushings have dried or shrunk, fixing them should be a priority.  Unless the bushings can hold the tuning pins in place, no tuning, especially a higher tuning, will hold as it should.  The result, even after two or three tunings can be painful to the ears and financially disappointing.  Larger tuning pins, tuning pin shims, or pinblock fluid can help, depending on the number of pins that are slipping.

If you are considering the proper care for your piano, think about purchasing a climate control machine for your piano, tunings at annual or six month intervals, the overall value of your piano, and your main goal.  I can help you meet your goals for you piano by offering catalog choices of climate control machines, selections of tuning pins, bushings, or pinblock fluid.  I also offer tuning to a wide variety of pitches.

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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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