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#1529489 - 10/06/10 01:49 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
UnrightTooner Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jerry Groot RPT
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Does this mean that Rick is going to steal from me again? frown


There's worse than stealing. What if he said that he stuck something in your toilet and returned it to its normal place, but won't tell you what it was? (Like the toilet brush...)
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#1529510 - 10/06/10 02:11 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Rather have him steal .06 ¢.
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#1529656 - 10/06/10 05:27 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Fairly easy day. Started with an old Henry F. Miller spinet. This is one of those ones with the key buttons on the bottom of the keys resting on the balance rail. Four of them separated from the keys and had to be reguled. Hammers reshaped and aligned with strings, then raised 60 cents to 440. After that, a Pramenger grand on a school stage for a choir concert. Would have had two more, but the last customer was a no show.

And Jerry, boy do I hear you about those Steinway verticals. The pins and string rendering are just horrendous.
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#1529695 - 10/06/10 06:51 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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OK, Jeff, although I haven't seen this movie in any of my usual video rental haunts, I'll keep an eye out for it.
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#1529756 - 10/06/10 09:16 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
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Originally Posted By: Jerry Groot RPT
Rather have him steal .06 ¢.


Ha! Interesting idea Jeff...I wish I'd thought of it! (...turns out that piano techs might not be good enemies to have crazy !)

Jerry, you're safe. Its nearing Halloween and I'm missing my chicken suit...I don't suspect you (yet) but we're on the lookout!

As for me today, six appts but only four tunings...I did an estimate for a grand regulation at a golf course, and my netbook cord (8 months old) broke and waddya know, nobody in kalamazoo has one...not Best Buy where I purchased it, nobody! With the computer down, I was left to tune BY EAR all day. Did you guys know that a person can actually tune a whole piano entirely by ear?! wink

My last tuning was a C7 in prep for a concert and with a 25-35 cent pitch adjustment...Boy did I miss my Tune Lab!!...but with a bit of old school stripping the scale and lots of aural tests that I use anyway all the time, we got through it.

Funny thing, tuning by ear is faster for me...it always has been...and its satisfying in a way that defies logic...

All in all, a good day.

RPD
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#1529759 - 10/06/10 09:24 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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I have to admit. When I saw RPD.... I got a big smile on my face because I knew I would be in for another giggle. Thanks!

Glad to hear your day went so smoothly Rick! I enjoy tuning by ear too and yes, it is MUCH faster than using a machine any day in my opinion. I still enjoy using RCT though if nothing more than for the pitch raising feature.
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#1530026 - 10/07/10 07:03 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
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Originally Posted By: Jerry Groot RPT
Rather have him steal .06 ¢.


I'd rather have him steal even $600, er, make that $60...

(Actually I heard that this toilet brush trick was part of a Seinfeld episode.)
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#1530113 - 10/07/10 10:07 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Yesterday, after tuning a Schimmel 6'6" grand, I moved on to a real piano, a Currier tiki I did something I virtually never do: tuned the entire thing by machine from note one up through note 88. Nothing about this job was satisfying, other than payment.

I gave the lady--who had a late model Mercedes sedan parked next to her Lexus in the driveway of her expensive home-- the required lecture about her daughter's musical education, blah, blah, blah. Some of it may have sunk in. I hope so, anyway.

While tuning, I saw that the scale was designed by Charles Frederick Stein. Unfortunately, no piano I've ever seen with his name on it will go into the musical instrument hall of fame. However, it did give me reason to Google his name, and this LIST OF PIANO FACTOIDS popped up.


Edited by Dave Stahl (10/07/10 10:08 AM)
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#1530397 - 10/07/10 05:20 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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First was a 60's vintage Baldwin Hamilton in a middle school, then a 3-year old Boston studio piano at a high school. After that, a 20-year old Yamaha grand in another high school followed by a private tuning of a new Baldwin Hamilton. Nice day; not too busy, not too slow. smile
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#1530413 - 10/07/10 05:43 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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3 today out of 5. Arrived to the organization to find out 2 pianos had been given away. Oh well. I'd rather tune 3 a day anyway. Tuned a Steinway M, a really nice, pretty green one! Puke Green! Tuned an OLD Weber grand with loose tuning pins, used a bit of CA... Tuned a Baldwin spinet.

Great day really.
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#1530632 - 10/07/10 11:36 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Bohemia upright, pitch raise, teflon powder on damper lever felts (creak, creak)
Seiler 6' grand, like clockwork every 6 months. A mansion on the hill, piano just about perfect, touched up the voicing. $20.00 tip. Don't say all wealthy folks don't tip!
Wurtilizer console, untuned for 12 years. PR, tune, adjust pedals, clean groty keys.
Yamaha U-1, tuned
4 year old Steinway B, pitch adjust from 10 c flat or so, tuned, adjusted pedals.
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#1531048 - 10/08/10 02:47 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Tuned a Yamaha T121 today; haven’t had the chance to put a hammer on one of these yet. Not a bad instrument. Then a small Mason & Risch vintage grand called a Steinbach.

Now back to the shop to start another grand project that just sold.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all Canadian technicians out there!
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#1531163 - 10/08/10 05:31 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Put on 104 miles today. Dropped by my cousins company on the way to my first job to pick a hard drive for a friend then, off to tune 2 pianos. A Yamaha G3 and an older Grinell upright that my dad started servicing back in 1955, 1 year before I was even born. From there, drove the opposite direction just to visit my chiropractor. Then, drove to my next job, another church to tune 2 pianos. An Everett studio and an Everett spinet. After that, drove out of my way to pick a replacement chute for my John Deere lawn tractor. My old one broke. There went $90.00. All in all, another nice day.
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#1531212 - 10/08/10 06:44 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Started off with a 1967 Kohler & Campbell spinet that hadn't been tuned for a while; raised it 50 cents. From there, off to 2 at a church. First was a Weber console that had incredibly hard hammers. Had to lower that around 10 cents. Second one was an old Gulbransen spinet that had to come up around 30 cents.

Nice, easy day with good driving weather. smile
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#1531703 - 10/09/10 01:29 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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I am in the shop prepping/cleaning up a restoration of a Thomson & Sons upright for mover’s pick-up this morning.

BTW this October has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, all in 1 month. It happens once in 823 years.

The joy I get from useless information……..
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#1531739 - 10/09/10 02:25 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Sorry Dan but, that isn't true. You got duped. Join the crowd. Happens to all of us at one time or another.

The same 5 day weeks were also in October of 2004, October 1999, October, 1993 Etc.

http://www.geekosystem.com/5-fridays-saturdays-sundays-not-823-years/

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/fivedays.asp


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#1531758 - 10/09/10 02:45 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Thanks Jerry,
This stuff comes across my desk and some I have time to check and some I don't. Thanks for the clarification......I thought it was a bit wild that one.....posted it anyways.
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#1531772 - 10/09/10 02:55 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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I had a CFIIIS yesterday, and I should have it again this evening.
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#1531777 - 10/09/10 03:01 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: BDB]
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Originally Posted By: BDB
I had a CFIIIS yesterday, and I should have it again this evening.


I'm not feeling well either. Hope you get rid of the CFIIIS
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#1531786 - 10/09/10 03:09 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Well, it might be nice to get a CFX, but I am still waiting. I was very impatient to get rid of the last CFIII.
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#1532087 - 10/10/10 01:26 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Was called out to tune a Steinway upright... I was holding my breath upon entering the house... It turns out it was a beautiful 1980s Hamburg V, 130 cm (52"), amazing clear tone. Fantastic one piece ivory keytops. 73 dampers and probably could have used a few more, the treble sustain was so long.

Makes me wish that they would learn to build uprights in New York....
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#1532099 - 10/10/10 02:04 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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No CFIIIS tonight. It would not fit up the stairs. House Steinway M, instead.
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#1532258 - 10/10/10 11:23 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Yesterday, I reinforced some bridge pins on my Ibach upright with epoxy putty. The pins had been inserted shoddily and bent into position (to get more side-bearing) after being inserted into the bridge, leaving elongated holes on the side opposite the string, or sometimes on the notched part. Filled these with epoxy, being careful not to get any on the strings, then carefully painted the repairs on the bridge cap black - have some pictures, if anyone is interested. All of this in preparation for a pitch raise.

Today, finished my self-made glue pot and did a few tests with hide glue to get the feel for temperature, dilution, wood vs. cloth, etc.
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#1533450 - 10/11/10 10:20 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Did a small Bergmann grand in a church first. This thing had out of phase everything. From there, a 1950's Acrosonic that had to be raised 100 cents. After that, a gorgeous old Steinway ex-reproducer.
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#1533674 - 10/12/10 08:11 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Did 4 homes yesterday. Sort of... Tuned A Baldwin console that tuned very nicely. I tuned it almost 2 years ago come January. It was a bit sharp, left it there, it'll drop in a month or two. Tuned a Gulbransen console built in 1950. Very nice tuning piano with a great sound yet for an old booger. But then, we'd been tuning it since it was new too so I guess that helped. Tuned a Yamaha console built in Japan many years ago, also tuned almost 2 years ago come January. In great shape yet. Had done some action work on it 20 years ago, hammer carding, regulation etc. Still doing good. Looked at an older Cable Nelson spinet made by Everett. Not tuned in 31 years. 1/2 tone flat, great tone yet, considering. Gave an estimate. Hammers were bobbling so badly I didn't even want to try and tune it not to mention, many of them were sticking so, I refused to tune it until the work was done first. She wants it done so, I sub contracted that one out because I can't touch it until at least spring.
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#1533798 - 10/12/10 11:46 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Things are very slow in New Jersey as of late. But today my piano tech friend John and I are going up to Princeton to move move his clients grand about 18 inches from a window. It's on hardwood flooring, so I'm bringing three ez-slides to help. Of course we first have to lift the piano and get the caster cups out from under each leg while replacing with an ez-slide. After this first hectic phase, I'm sure we'll need a short rest. Then on to sliding the piano away from the window.
After all this sweaty labor I'm sure we'll stop off for some Dunkin' Doughnuts and green tea.
Thursday will be a lot worse, lol. I'm scheduled to tune a 1940's Janssen spinet which according to the owner hasn't been tuned in 25 years. So I'm certain to be looking at two pitch raises and one fine tuning in order to tame this under- maintained little jem.
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#1534074 - 10/12/10 06:20 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Three Baldwins and a Whitney.
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#1534176 - 10/12/10 08:54 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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7, Kawai KG 6ft, nice, Baldwin L, Young Chang PG-150, Kawai RX-2, 2 Kawai studios, Sojin 6', and Cable spinet 1/2 step plus flat. All but the Cable long term customers.

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#1534454 - 10/13/10 08:19 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Tuned a Pearl River UP108, a six month tuning. At most it was 1.5 cent off. But F6 was slow to return, so I pulled the key and the front rail pin was turned almost 45 degrees, I believe this piano is no more then 2 years old. Is it common practice to adjust side to side key movement this way from the factory?
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#1534961 - 10/13/10 10:29 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Five total. A Yamaha P-22, an early 70's Yamaha console, a Fisher console, Steinway B and a Steinway D.
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