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#2104154 - 06/18/13 12:50 AM What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner?
Gary Fowler Offline
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My own embarrassing moment came in 2001. I had a tuning appointment 10:00 AM. I show up on time and the house keeper leads me right to the piano. I am half way through the temperment, and it dawns on me that I am in the wrong home, wrong address, tuning the wrong piano!
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#2104179 - 06/18/13 02:05 AM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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Originally Posted By: Gary Fowler
My own embarrassing moment came in 2001. I had a tuning appointment 10:00 AM. I show up on time and the house keeper leads me right to the piano. I am half way through the temperment, and it dawns on me that I am in the wrong home, wrong address, tuning the wrong piano!


Hard to top that one, Gary. I'd give you first prize. blush



Edited by bkw58 (06/18/13 08:09 AM)
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#2104191 - 06/18/13 02:32 AM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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Originally Posted By: Gary Fowler
My own embarrassing moment came in 2001. I had a tuning appointment 10:00 AM. I show up on time and the house keeper leads me right to the piano. I am half way through the temperment, and it dawns on me that I am in the wrong home, wrong address, tuning the wrong piano!


Excllent ! at last the owner did not fall asleep.

Most embarrassing moment was after receiving compliments from Helene Grimaud "Oh but you are a good tuner, it is rare!"
The grand broke 2 uni chords during the radio program where she was invited. I changed the first one by taking one on an older D that was in a neighboring studio, then bang, another one broke 5 minutes later.

Was not my fault in the end, just a new tuner that tuned the low bass SOOO much lower than any of us, that have fragilised the wire after a few weeks (all bass wire had to be changed, but the piano was about 25 years old anyway).

No way to feel good about the compliment, then !!!
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#2104266 - 06/18/13 09:07 AM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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Originally Posted By: Gary Fowler
My own embarrassing moment came in 2001. I had a tuning appointment 10:00 AM. I show up on time and the house keeper leads me right to the piano. I am half way through the temperment, and it dawns on me that I am in the wrong home, wrong address, tuning the wrong piano!


I've knocked on the wrong door - the last time being just two months ago when a couple of German Shepheard dogs escorted me out of the yard. I've knocked on the right door, but have been pointed to the wrong piano, and tuned it. That often happens once a year, usually at hotels and schools.

Most embarrassing would be pulling a spinet action and putting a hole in a lamp shade with the action bracket as I lifted it out.
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#2104382 - 06/18/13 12:49 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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Not to me, but to my tuner. He stood up and his pants went down. He was embarrassed and I was embarrassed for him. He looked at me and mumbled: "Good thing you're not the lady of the house."

We both had a good laugh and I still kid him about it.
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#2104441 - 06/18/13 02:50 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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Once got up from a piano and stepped on the owners cat who decided to fall asleep beside the bench. Like stepping on a police siren made out of jello.

I rarely break strings while tuning, but I broke two on a 70's era spinet once. The lady of the house had decided to do topless sunbathing out on her back pateo with just the clear pateo door and a few feet between her and the piano. The strings were replaced "free of charge" because for some strange reason, I had the hammer on the wrong pins(twice).
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#2104448 - 06/18/13 03:07 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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#2104533 - 06/18/13 05:19 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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My most embarrassing moment as a piano technician was SO embarrassing, I am too embarrassed to post it here.
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#2104535 - 06/18/13 05:23 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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I farted once, not knowing the lady was behind me.
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#2104599 - 06/18/13 07:22 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Emmery]
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do topless sunbathing out on her back pateo with just the clear pateo door and a few feet between her and the piano.

Don't ever let this one corner you in the mud room. wow Unless of course... not sayin' I'm just sayin' grin
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#2104620 - 06/18/13 08:10 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Eric Gloo]
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Registered: 04/13/06
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Originally Posted By: Eric Gloo
My most embarrassing moment as a piano technician was SO embarrassing, I am too embarrassed to post it here.


Tell! Tell!

I have nothing interesting to add to this thread, sadly...
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#2105092 - 06/19/13 10:02 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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I always hate it when I go to a customer's home to tune their piano (and I am just getting over a cold.) And once I get there, I start coughing up a lung!
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#2105101 - 06/19/13 10:12 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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Registered: 06/17/10
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Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Gary Fowler
I always hate it when I go to a customer's home to tune their piano (and I am just getting over a cold.) And once I get there, I start coughing up a lung!


I don't like it when I get there without a cold an leave with one.
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#2105111 - 06/19/13 10:34 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
Gary Fowler Offline
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Jbyron,
Nowadays I view the customer's piano keyboard as dirtier than a toilet seat. I assume that the keys have bacteria and germs on them. Wash hands after tuning!
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#2105342 - 06/20/13 12:36 PM Re: What was your most emabarrassing moment as a piano tuner? [Re: Gary Fowler]
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Loc: East Nashville,TN Scottsville...
Never fall for the crooked picture on the wall trick. The one with the loose wire which is just above the priceless Hung Ka Pow Dynasty Vase full of red wine sitting above that 100K dollar Alpaca rug
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