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#2045400 - 03/09/13 08:12 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Well not today... it's Saturday now, but yesterday I tuned two little spinet pianos for a small pentecostal church. I tuned them six months ago. On their last tuning both required large pitch raises, as well as adjusting lost motion and regluing a few hammers, and generally tightening screws here and there. One is a Whitney(made by Kimball), and the other is a Hastings.

They are both played at the same time for church services. I was fully expecting to have to do another pitch raise yesterday, but was very surprised to find not one but both piano very close to pitch. Many notes were right on.

That always makes for a happy day!
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#2045491 - 03/09/13 12:09 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Well, actually, yesterday

Finished almost a couple of days work cleaning out, shaping/voicing, and regulation on a 1956 Knabe 5'4" grand which I had rebuilt back in 2004. It is still sounding great, although it really had needed this attention for a couple of years. The church now uses it as their choir rehearsal room piano.

It's always good to revisit previous jobs that came out especially well, as did this one. I will probably do a little more needling the next time I tune it. The year before doing the work I had proposed rebuilding this one to keep in their sanctuary, but they decided to buy a new Yamaha C3 for that, PLUS rebuild this one, so now I enjoy tuning two nice pianos!

I capped off the long second day with a tuning for a new customer of a very worn Samick grand, and a Baldwin L, then a 80-minute drive home - a twelve hour Friday. Lucrative, but too long for a Friday!
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#2046367 - 03/11/13 07:12 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Tuned a console to A-445. That was the pitch of the lady's accordian. Hey, why not?
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#2046422 - 03/11/13 10:42 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: UnrightTooner]
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Originally Posted By: UnrightTooner
Tuned a console to A-445. That was the pitch of the lady's accordian. Hey, why not?

A lot of accordions are tuned sharp. My fancier one is....

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#2046506 - 03/11/13 02:49 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: UnrightTooner]
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Originally Posted By: UnrightTooner
Tuned a console to A-445. That was the pitch of the lady's accordian. Hey, why not?


Imagine how sharp that piano will be come the middle of August! smile
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#2046609 - 03/11/13 06:17 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Must be film month or something. Got called out last Thursday for a location shoot; was filmed completing a grand piano appraisal for a documentary.

Then today an interview with Disney film exec set buyer about an upcoming pilot shoot starting on the 19th. No, can’t spill the beans until the press release.
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#2046713 - 03/11/13 10:19 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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DC6X. First CX I have come across. Still waiting for the CFX.
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#2046861 - 03/12/13 08:48 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Eric Gloo]
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Originally Posted By: Eric Gloo
Originally Posted By: UnrightTooner
Tuned a console to A-445. That was the pitch of the lady's accordian. Hey, why not?


Imagine how sharp that piano will be come the middle of August! smile


I thought about that. It hadn't been tuned in about 12 years and was 50 cents low. So... it will probably drop some, anyhow... I hope. It isn't an ancient piano and there was a fair amount of elasticity left in the strings.
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#2047182 - 03/12/13 06:33 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Tuned a very nice M&H Grand in a home, then a Wurlitzer Studio in a school that needed a pitch raise first! I am now using Coleman 11 temperament!
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#2047513 - 03/13/13 08:12 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Solved a funny little mystery. Tuned a teacher's piano, a regular customer. Some of the keys became unevenly spaced. She noticed some in particular and one day she caught a young student prying two keys even further apart. Humph! When trying to space them better, they started jambing, Hmmm... Removed the keys and found a quarter. Ahah! The kid must have lost the quarter and was trying to get it back. laugh laugh laugh
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#2048879 - 03/15/13 08:46 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Tuned a Lester Spinet for a church. It was donated...need I say more. Actually it ended up okay. It has the plastic elbows but they were all intact and none broke while I was tuning so...maybe they were made on a good day. wink Many pins were squishy so I did a CA glue treatment and it sounded pretty good (for a Lester Spinet).

I went from low to a high. I then tuned a new Yamaha GB1. I really like them. It needed a pitch raise but that wasn't a big deal. I used Tunic on it and it really sang when I was done. A nice ending to the day.
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#2059437 - 04/04/13 05:50 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Not exactly today, but from late 2012. Only just uploaded it. The official commercial release should be out soon. Needless to say, the piano wasn't the same after day two!


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#2059439 - 04/04/13 05:55 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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I have not done any tuning so far playing today, but starting this evening, I have shows every evening through Sunday, plus an additional two shows Friday and Saturday, and a recording session Monday morning.
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#2059514 - 04/04/13 11:15 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: dancarney]
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[quote=dancarney]Needless to say, the piano wasn't the same after day two!
A grand is a BEST. A music is Russian church bells lilt
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#2059541 - 04/05/13 01:17 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Tuned the CFX. Nice piano, but it has some issues.
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#2059719 - 04/05/13 09:40 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: BDB]
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Originally Posted By: BDB
Tuned the CFX. Nice piano, but it has some issues.

Nothing out of the normal I would hope?
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#2059721 - 04/05/13 09:42 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Will be tuning a brand new Estonia grand today that Cunningham in Philly delivered yesterday to a local HS for it's dedication concert tomorrow. I'll do a courtesy touch-up before the concert. They've been saving up for it for years.
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#2059724 - 04/05/13 09:51 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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You will find the sounding boards pretty lively. Getting the duplex in the upper treble to move is skill testing for sure on the ones I have tuned.

Nice instruments overall.
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#2059759 - 04/05/13 10:48 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Silverwood Pianos]
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Originally Posted By: BDB
Tuned the CFX. Nice piano, but it has some issues.

Nothing out of the normal I would hope?

I hope not, but I did not have enough time to check them out. My tuning time was interrupted by a photo shoot, and the piano had not been as well tuned as I had hoped. It held pretty well in spite of that, and the pianist is pretty hard on pianos. I remember the first time I tuned for her. The guys at the theater told me that she was just a little girl who does not play very hard, but I knew them well enough to know they could not be trusted. I should have more time with the piano today. She is playing for four days.
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#2060353 - 04/06/13 12:44 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Spending the day in my workshop. It's where the action is.
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#2060709 - 04/07/13 10:17 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Old meets new...

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#2061189 - 04/08/13 08:35 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Silverwood Pianos]
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Originally Posted By: Silverwood Pianos

You will find the sounding boards pretty lively. Getting the duplex in the upper treble to move is skill testing for sure on the ones I have tuned.

Nice instruments overall.


This was the only Estonia I have even seen, a 190. Very nice piano. Very resonant. Cunningham had prepped it very well.
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#2062521 - 04/10/13 06:54 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Soooooooo...

I pull the action of a mouse-ridden Baldwin M grand. Droppings are everywhere. Then I notice what I first think are empty roach casings. (This is just getting better and better!)

I keep cleaning and work on a stiff key, preparing to get things back together, when, ... there it is: On the floor lies a completely dried, gutted dead mouse. Judging by the stains to the left of the action near the back of the compartment, the mouse had been digested there. When I pulled the action, the remains pulled out with it. I just didn't see it until later.

That's when I figured out what those translucent little empty brown capsules were: There were multiple empty maggot casings where flies had bred.
f crazy

Comes with the territory sometimes.


Edited by RestorerPhil (04/10/13 08:35 PM)
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#2062537 - 04/10/13 07:40 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: RestorerPhil]
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Originally Posted By: RestorerPhil
Soooooooo...

I pull the action of a mouse-ridden Baldwin M grand. Droppings are everywhere. Then I notice what I first think are empty roach casings. (This is just getting better and better!)

I keep cleaning and work on a stiff key, preparing to get things back to gether, when, ... there it is: On the floor lies a completely dried, gutted dead mouse.

That's when I figured out what those translucent little empty brown capsules were: There were multiple empty maggot casings where flies had bred.
f crazyComes with the territory sometimes.


I once had a customer complain of sticking keys. Come to find out, mice had been living in the piano. It was their droppings in between the keys that was causing them to stick. (It's surprising how often that happens here in rural southeast Missouri). The mice had also been storing dog food inside the piano. I spent over an hour cleaning out mice droppings and dog food out of every nook and cranny.

I once tuned a Steinway Upright from the 1880's. I don't know if this was factory or not, but the back of the piano was completely covered with screen. I thought this was a revolutionary idea and would keep the mice out. I wonder why more pianos don't have this feature.
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#2062555 - 04/10/13 08:18 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Ryan Hassell]
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Originally Posted By: Ryan Hassell
I once tuned a Steinway Upright from the 1880's. I don't know if this was factory or not, but the back of the piano was completely covered with screen. I thought this was a revolutionary idea and would keep the mice out. I wonder why more pianos don't have this feature.


I've worked on many old uprights with the screen in the back. Some of them even make a pleasant, metallic buzzing sound mad

One had a small tear in the bottom corner, allowing the mice to build an apartment complex between the screen and soundboard.
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#2062567 - 04/10/13 08:33 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Mice can crawl through a hole the diameter of a cigarette. Rats are pretty much the same as their bone structure is cartilage only.
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#2062574 - 04/10/13 08:44 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Ryan Hassell]
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I still remember a real mouse condo-upright!

I vacuumed out a nest of live baby mice:

SSSSSwuck, SSSSwuck... SSwuck, Swuck

That's the best sound effect I can do for it in type.
grin

I actually cleaned out two mouse motels today - the Baldwin M, and a Baldwin 243. The other two tunings were
run-of-the-mill to finish out a good day. (Well, good after a fashion.)

I think I may need a new vac bag and need to clean my HEPA filter after today.
Ya' think??? whistle
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#2062693 - 04/11/13 01:18 AM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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Mouseproof? I got your mouseproof piano right here.
Yes, with screen on the back, too.

Crown Upright- 1910

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#2063093 - 04/11/13 07:41 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: Sam Casey]
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The comedy play Two Pianos Four Hands is in Vancouver for part of the farewell tour and my wife and I attended one of the final shows.
Very funny and entertaining with two talented pianists.

Is that PEE an nist or pee Ann nist?
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#2063154 - 04/11/13 10:21 PM Re: So, what did you do today? [Re: TunerJeff]
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Nice detail.

In contrast, the 243 I mentioned above had openings at each back lower corner of the sound board big enough that Sylvester should have come in right behind the mice for some lunch, but obviously never did.
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