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#1799171 - 12/01/11 10:38 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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That's be great Bob! Love to have you up for a visit. Pick a week when we're going to be at the cottage and we'll have some fun!
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#1799253 - 12/02/11 03:24 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Removed the action from the upright clunker in my wife's teaching studio and brought it home, then started my first hammer filing job by bringing the worst candidates back into basic shape. They're probably a bit too rounded now, because they were really deeply grooved, but I'll see to the final shaping later.

And enjoyed a largely tinnitus-free day, the second one this week, hooray.
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#1799285 - 12/02/11 06:38 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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8 tunings. First a Yamaha GH-1 in a customer's house, followed by 7 at a college. 5 more today and that college will be done.
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#1799385 - 12/02/11 10:36 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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You go, Loren. I love those College tunings - Long days and evenings till X mas yeee ha!
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#1799627 - 12/02/11 06:26 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Bob]
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Originally Posted By: Bob
You go, Loren. I love those College tunings - Long days and evenings till X mas yeee ha!


Done! And now an actual weekend reprieve until Monday. smile
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#1799637 - 12/02/11 06:40 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Not me, but only 2 tunings Sat morning, then a photo shoot of two concerts 2pm and 7pm. Then to the U early on Sunday for probably 6 pianos..maybe 8. Not many days off for me in December.
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#1799730 - 12/02/11 10:47 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Today I had some old fashioned fun. I inherited my grand dads 1958 Chevy pkup many years ago. I recently brought it out of retirement so my kids could ride in it. Rust and all.

This evening I put the old beast in our towns Christmas parade and cut some white poster board to make it look like the eyes of Mater from the Disney Movie "Cars".

Out of 55 entries it got 2nd place. One daughter was an elf, the other a hillbilly. They are 10 and 12 years of age.

We have had more fun in this old truck, and every where I go it gets called "Mater". And yes, it is old and it is ugly. But a lot of fun to get the girls out driving in my grand dads old truck.

Okay, I'll hush now. Next week.... back to tuning again.
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#1799731 - 12/02/11 10:52 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Loren D]
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Originally Posted By: Loren D
I've been having a run on 200+ cent pitch raises. Ever hear a Whitney spinet from the 60s that has never been tuned?


I wasn't aware that they could be tuned...[b][/b].... help
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#1799734 - 12/02/11 11:08 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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I tuned a Young Chang that I last tuned over 4 years ago. The treble was out of tune.
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#1800091 - 12/03/11 05:01 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Tuned a U1 this morning. Last tuning was 1981. It was a tiny bit low in pitch; a full tone in the bass, temperament section almost on the money, treble side low in top octave. That’ll twist up the bridge work and board a bit.
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#1800095 - 12/03/11 05:11 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Tuned an upright, while just over the street, the guy was hanging from the roof, with the police, firemen, and a lot of audience down the building, talking to him, persuating him not to jump. I could see everything from the place I was working, through the window. It was hard to concentrate. I wished that everything would went out good for the pour fellow. After two hours, he decided not to jump, and went into the building. I was finished with my job at the same time. It was a relief.
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#1800472 - 12/04/11 03:02 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Glad that turned out alright. I'm sure you will remember that day for a while.
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#1800474 - 12/04/11 03:08 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Yes, I shall for sure.
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#1800513 - 12/04/11 05:19 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Bojan Babic]
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Originally Posted By: Bojan Babic
Tuned an upright, while just over the street, the guy was hanging from the roof, with the police, firemen, and a lot of audience down the building, talking to him, persuating him not to jump. I could see everything from the place I was working, through the window. It was hard to concentrate. I wished that everything would went out good for the pour fellow. After two hours, he decided not to jump, and went into the building. I was finished with my job at the same time. It was a relief.


Glad he decided to give life another go. Hope you aren't too haunted by it, Bojan.
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#1800552 - 12/04/11 07:24 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Loren D]
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Sounds like fun. You must be young and not have a lot of responsibilities at home. I was once able to do stuff like that.
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#1800558 - 12/04/11 07:34 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: UnrightTooner]
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Probably so.
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#1800679 - 12/05/11 04:14 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Re-installed the action into the well-used console in my wife's teaching studio, after having re-shaped the hammers (separate thread, asking for comments). Somewhat disappointed with the small tonal difference, but at least the striking points are clean and the hammers can now hopefully be voiced - if there's any "voice" left after 40 years of heavy use by a full-time musician.
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#1800968 - 12/05/11 04:34 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Bob]
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How do you tune 9-11 pianos in one day? Are most of them just touch up jobs?
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#1801059 - 12/05/11 08:17 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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I tuned 7 pianos myself today Butler. smile thumb
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#1801122 - 12/05/11 11:02 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: bmbutler]
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Originally Posted By: bmbutler
How do you tune 9-11 pianos in one day? Are most of them just touch up jobs?


These are full tunings, temperaments set, pitch at A=440. Two passes over the whole piano. I averaged one piano per hour. There are 3-4 pianos in each location - 30-45 minute drive between stops, three locations per day.

These are 12-14 hour days - last piano finished about 8pm - with 15 min breaks here and there to eat.

If I were to touch up these pianos, it would be only 20-30 min per piano - and on a few, I could have done that, but the customer is paying for tunings at A=440, not touch ups.
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#1801220 - 12/06/11 06:16 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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8 yesterday. The Christmas tuning crunch is in full swing!
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#1801258 - 12/06/11 08:15 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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I had 31 tunings scheduled Mon-Sat - but now adding 1-2 more early Thurs morning for piano juries. Wed was supposed to be eight, but I had to add a 9th piano for a middle school event. I have a waiting list of customers I can't get to unless someone cancels.
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#1801260 - 12/06/11 08:33 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Yesterday was my kind of day: 8 hours working on a 1986 Bösendorfer 200. A previous technician had steamed the hammers but did little else. Hammer blow was between 30-35mm, and key dip was 14-16mm on most of the naturals. Some hammers grazing or missing the third string. Lots of blocking! The key level was at the correct height and didn't need correction.

I tightened all action screws, tightened all the damper underlever flange screws which no one had ever done, adjusted the damper stop rails higher, tightened all the other back action and trapwork screws, bedded the keyframe, traveled hammers that needed it, reshaped them gang-style to more of a diamond shape (lots of fuzz and cupping eliminated), aligned to strings. Reset hammer blow, set key dip, regulated letoff and drop, and did string leveling, string/hammer mating and several passes of voicing with needles.

Owner was extremely happy at the end. The piano had lost its power, clarity, and bloom; and the blocking was of course so irritating he had basically stopped playing it.

Next tuning visit I'll add an hour or two and refine jack position, rep lever height, and rep springs.
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#1802503 - 12/08/11 08:00 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Over to the U at 5:30 am - tuned a B and a D by 6am. Before anyone posts "how do you tune a piano in 15 minutes?" .....What you do is figure out which strings need to be tuned, and tune only those. You don't set a temperament if it's already good. You don't change octaves if they are good. You just fix what's out of tune.
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#1802995 - 12/08/11 11:31 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: James Carney]
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Originally Posted By: James Carney
Yesterday was my kind of day: 8 hours working on a 1986 Bösendorfer 200. A previous technician had steamed the hammers but did little else. Hammer blow was between 30-35mm, and key dip was 14-16mm on most of the naturals.


What? Did someone pull out the front rail punchings? How did they manage to get almost 5/8" of dip into the keys? Think maybe they wanted a little extra aftertouch? Were the jack tenders breaking off yet from the excessive aftertouch?
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#1803111 - 12/09/11 08:10 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Went out and did 6 out of town yesterday. Drove about 140 miles too and spliced a broken bass wire. Yes, I did charge more for driving out of town... smile

Today, a concert tuning on a Bose 9' at 9 AM then 2 Yammies in a church one grand one studio, then, 2 more Yammies in a school, both P22's.

It's Fridaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy! Yeaaaaaa!
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#1803123 - 12/09/11 08:59 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Dale Fox]
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Originally Posted By: Dale Fox
Originally Posted By: James Carney
Yesterday was my kind of day: 8 hours working on a 1986 Bösendorfer 200. A previous technician had steamed the hammers but did little else. Hammer blow was between 30-35mm, and key dip was 14-16mm on most of the naturals.


What? Did someone pull out the front rail punchings? How did they manage to get almost 5/8" of dip into the keys? Think maybe they wanted a little extra aftertouch? Were the jack tenders breaking off yet from the excessive aftertouch?


Nothing was broken, probably because the owner has a very light touch and also because he rarely played it once it became "deregulated."

It was just really random - the extreme bass and treble naturals had only about 11-12mm of dip but everything else was much much deeper. Every cloth punching had at least a few paper punchings of various thicknesses underneath but some of the sharps didn't have any paper punchings at all. And the short hammer blow distance was also really strange.

I've been using the WNG 400g key dip tool for more than two years now and it is one of my absolute favorites. Completely consistent dip and a huge time saver...
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#1803786 - 12/10/11 02:19 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Yesterday I tuned the very first Kawai grand that was sold in Vancouver. She showed me the original invoice from 1964 where she paid $1400.00.

At that time a Canadian made grand piano (5’4”)was $3K and a concert grand (8’11 ½") was sold for 6K in ebony.
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#1806600 - 12/15/11 11:17 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Olek]
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Did final assembly on 27 pianos I've been building.







These are presents for my piano students.

Tomorrow I will be able to post "I tuned 27 pianos in 2 hours!!"


grin
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#1809828 - 12/21/11 07:52 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Got my biggest tip ever: 25% on an ordinary tuning. Hey, that extra 5 bucks will come in handy! wink
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