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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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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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