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#2103026 - 06/15/13 07:20 PM Sleeping during tuning
SuperTuner Offline
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Registered: 09/30/07
Posts: 110
Loc: Manhattan, Montana
Not me, (though fifths do sometimes put me in a zen-like trance) but two clients have fallen asleep on the couch near the piano during tuning! I was very surprised - usually clients come up with last-minute errands to run, or suddenly feel the urge to go do some yardwork.

Has anyone ever encountered this? It was a producer the first time, and the performing artist the second. They said it was soothing. (hey, maybe I can market that)
Elizabeth Heppler, R.P.T.

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#2103057 - 06/15/13 09:11 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
Dave Stahl Offline
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Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 1645
I find the repetition hypnotic. It's not exactly soothing, but I've had clients fall asleep in their easy chairs as I pound out the tuning. I haven't quite fallen off, but I've sure wanted too...:-)
Promote Harmony in the Universe...Tune your piano!

Dave Stahl, RPT
Piano Technician's Guild
San Jose, CA

#2103059 - 06/15/13 09:16 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
David Jenson Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
Posts: 2539
Loc: Maine
It happens. A good heavy power chord with lots of bass brings 'em right out of it!
David L. Jenson
Tuning - Repairs - Refurbishing
Jenson's Piano Service

#2103086 - 06/15/13 10:20 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
Eric Gloo Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 1353
Loc: Richfield Springs, New York
I once tuned for the son of a famous Russian composer. His mother (the composer's wife) appeared after I finished tuning. She told me her nap while I was tuning was the best she had ever had!
Eric Gloo
Piano Technician
Certified Dampp-Chaser Installer
Richfield Springs, New York

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#2103095 - 06/15/13 10:46 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
That Guy Offline
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Registered: 10/07/11
Posts: 498
Loc: Lincoln, NE
I've found it not unusual at all. I had one older man that I had to wake up! I have dogs fall asleep quite often. You'd really think it would irritate them but, again, it seems either soothing or so mundane that they fall asleep. I sometimes joke with people that sit down in a chair near me that I've been known to put people to sleep.

Hey, on the flip side I had a family keep their kids home from school and ate popcorn while they watched me! They were very nice and I had a good time. wink
Scott Kerns
"That Tuning Guy"
Lincoln, NE

#2103097 - 06/15/13 10:53 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
bkw58 Offline

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Registered: 03/14/09
Posts: 2031
Loc: Conway, AR USA
When I started nodding off during tunings, I knew it was time to retire. And I did. sleep
Bob W.
Retired piano technician
Conway, Arkansas

#2103129 - 06/16/13 12:20 AM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
Maximillyan Offline
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Registered: 06/12/11
Posts: 1806
Loc: KZ
Long time temperament of tuning can kill an elephant knee down. I myself sometimes fall into a slumber which is bordered by Nirvana in a tuning. The plucking good option for sleep babies sick, elderly and even pregnant cats

Edited by Maximillyan (06/16/13 12:21 AM)

#2103154 - 06/16/13 02:41 AM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
Gary Fowler Offline
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Registered: 05/27/13
Posts: 375
It's not uncommon to put customers to sleep with the tuning of the piano. I always hate trying to wake up a 90 year old customer who has lapsed into an apparent coma due to my tuning the piano, but heck, I need to get paid!
Making the world a better sounding place, one piano at a time...

#2103163 - 06/16/13 02:57 AM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
OperaTenor Offline
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Registered: 04/13/06
Posts: 2555
Loc: Sandy Eggo, California
My pet theory on it is that having the pitch settle over and over has a soothing effect.
Happiness is a freshly tuned piano.
Jim Boydston, proprietor, No Piano Left Behind - technician

#2103594 - 06/16/13 11:47 PM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: Gary Fowler]
Del Offline
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Registered: 09/04/03
Posts: 5453
Loc: Olympia, Washington
Originally Posted By: Gary Fowler
It's not uncommon to put customers to sleep with the tuning of the piano. I always hate trying to wake up a 90 year old customer who has lapsed into an apparent coma due to my tuning the piano, but heck, I need to get paid!

I have one "older" customer who has twice gone in to take a nap while I was tuning. On waking her to let her know I was finished (and to give her the bill) she has stared blankly at me and asked, "Who are you?" I explain and she remembers but I do wonder for how much longer.

Delwin D Fandrich
Piano Research, Design & Manufacturing Consultant
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Stupidity is a rare condition, ignorance is a common choice. --Anon

#2103667 - 06/17/13 03:38 AM Re: Sleeping during tuning [Re: SuperTuner]
Olek Offline
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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 9230
Loc: France
The methpod was used by the well known "Tune burglar" (as the newpapers called him)

He enter the home of his victims and begin to tune the piano.

Then when they fall asleep and he rob the house.

If the house owner ask "what are you doing" (before falling asleep) he answered that he was the piano tuner. People generally do not remind that they asked the piano tuner to pass by for a tea

He get busted by 2 bad luck the same day , he tuned in the house of a piano tuner, and it was Bill Bremmer home and he was tuning Reverse Well.

There is another end with a charming prince or something , i do not recall all details.

Edited by Olek (06/17/13 03:40 AM)
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