Posts Tagged With: Lock Haven

Welcome Back Music Students!

As the exciting and heartwarming memories of the holidays linger in our homes, I would like to thank each new and returning music student for their lesson dedication.  As you perform the music you practiced over the Christmas season, there is a new sense of purpose and direction in your style.  It is exciting to see improvement each week and know that you love to learn.  I want to help each new piece become easy for you by the end of the lesson, so your focus can remain on improvements throughout the week.  As you lay a good foundation in note reading, timing, and lyric study, the interpretation, color, and expressiveness of style begins to glow.  Each practice day has led to improved musicianship, and there are remarkable jumps of skill on a weekly basis.  I am excited to be a part of your musical journey and look forward to working with you in 2016.




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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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Piano Recital

Julia is excited to announce a recital featuring the work of her students to be held at:

Faith Baptist Church

305 Cider Press Road,

Lock Haven, P.A. 17745

Join us on February 10, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. to enjoy some of her students’ favorite music.

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Baldwin Spinet Piano For Sale 88 Keys, 3 Pedals, Great Touch!

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

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

  • The color is Gloss Black.

  • The serial numbers fit the Baldwin Acrosonic, (Please see 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.

  • View and bid on this instrument on Ebay by clicking:
  • 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″
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″

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Piano Lesson Gift Certificates ON SALE!

Give the gift of piano lessons toMP900289421 the budding musician or adult learner in your life. Today through January 10, 2013, a series of five one-hour piano or voice lessons can be purchased for $50.00 from Julia Race Music Services, a discount of 50%!

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What do you think? Read the Commission’s Report and get a glimpse of what may be on the horizion for Pennsylvania universities.

How do you think the November 14, 2012
Governor’s Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education
will affect our local universities especially as concerns the “consolidation and elimination of programs and/or
institutions and their locations in the Commonwealth“,

and assessment:
“The assessment should include all sectors of postsecondary education in the Commonwealth including delivery at the Career and Technical Centers, Community Colleges, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), private and state-relatedinstitutions.”?Are we trying to save Pennsylvania money, or are we trying to reorganize our local schools to tighten state’s control? I do not teach music because I love money, but because I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the development of my students‘ music, thus influencing many other parts of life like worldview, theology, family, and values. With this trust comes a responsibility to be honest to my students and to my God, regardless of the money I make (or do not make) in the process. In my teaching experience, small, or individual lessons are best for fine arts, but small classes are usually under attack with consolidation. Also, as an independent teacher, I have the freedom to choose curriculum tailored to a student’s needs. With assessments and funding requirements for the above mentioned types of schools, I believe that freedom may be crimped for teachers in the average Pennsylvania university.  Finally, If universities consolidate classes, students may find themselves driving 50 miles, or more, instead of walking to class.  The personal financial strain may prove too much for far too many local students, forcing them to discontinue their education or find alternative solutions for post secondary education.

Read this and let me know what you think!

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Summer Piano Lessons Scheduled

Julia is now scheduling summer piano lessons for students who want to begin or continue their musical learning.  Summertime can be a great time for adult and young students to refresh their skills, rekindle a lost piano passion, begin a long-desired training time, or understand foggy piano concepts.  In the free lesson audition, Julia communicates with the students to discover their motivations, goals, and limitations to future lessons.  There is no pressure to continue lessons.  Many resources are presented in the free lesson audition that can assist the students to reach their goals.  Julia is dedicated to helping students and their families find comfortable and helpful music lesson situations taylored to their needs. 

On May 31st, the students of Julia Race will present a recital of their work in Lock Haven, P.A.  Please contact Julia through the “Contact Me” tab to schedule a free audition lesson or for directions to attend the recital.

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