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#2403436 - Yesterday at 06:26 AM Best and worst to work on?
PhilipInChina Online   sleepy
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Registered: 10/19/13
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Which brands do you enjoy working on? Which do you hate?

Do those equate to the easiest and hardest to work on?
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#2403462 - Yesterday at 08:08 AM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
David Jenson Online   content
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Registered: 10/22/06
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Loc: Maine
The easiest pianos to work on are almost anything new.

The brand names I don't like are the ones attached to square pianos.
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#2403468 - Yesterday at 08:16 AM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
Gadzar Offline
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Registered: 12/15/06
Posts: 2018
Loc: Mexico City
I don't like to work on old and dirty and neglected pianos.

I love to work on nice, brand new, clean and well maintained pianos!

The better the piano, the more I enjoy working on it.


Edited by Gadzar (Yesterday at 08:48 AM)
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#2403475 - Yesterday at 08:33 AM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
Gadzar Offline
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Loc: Mexico City
This one for example:

Concert grand Petrof with 92 keys
It's a joy to tune this piano.





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#2403491 - Yesterday at 09:04 AM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
Ryan Hassell Offline
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Registered: 07/07/09
Posts: 509
Loc: Farmington, MO
I guess I'm kind of the opposite. I enjoy working on the "old clunkers" that have been neglected. They need me. I can almost hear them calling out to me for help. :-) I really enjoy the process of diagnosing problems and being able to solve them. I've had many a family's heirloom piano that I have been able to save from the dump. Maybe not always the highest quality of piano, but it is rewarding to make an instrument playable again for a customer. The best is when I get called a "miracle worker." The transformations are always so dramatic!
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#2403500 - Yesterday at 09:48 AM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
Tim Sullivan Offline
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Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 106
Loc: Muskoka, Ontario
I like a little variety. While it's a quick and simple job to service a typical Yamaha or similar piano, it's a much more interesting day when I work on old, under-maintained pianos. The transformation can be remarkable. It also helps maintain my field skills.
I can't imagine the tedium of working on only one type of piano, new or old.
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#2403502 - Yesterday at 09:55 AM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
Tim Sullivan Offline
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Registered: 09/24/09
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Loc: Muskoka, Ontario
To answer the original question; Yamaha is probably the easiest overall. So I guess you can say I enjoy servicing them. Steinway is more challenging, particularly the uprights. Baldwin grands can be very difficult at times. I enjoy servicing them though.
Some cheap instruments just aren't enjoyable to service. Too much work for too little return.
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#2403535 - Yesterday at 11:42 AM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
beethoven986 Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 3436
My favorite pianos are the ageing but still serviceable Asian grands (particularly the Japanese). Even after just two days of work, they sound and play a lot better, and the client thinks you're some kind of genius/wizzard.

I like tuning Steinways, but loathe having to work on them, as they can be such a pain. And God help you if you have to take the lyre off. Oh, and I don't like tuning Baldwins.
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#2403540 - Yesterday at 11:51 AM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
BDB Online   content
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Loc: Oakland
The nice thing about Steinway lyres is that you do not need to take them off to service the pedals. However, they are no worse than a lot of others to remove or replace.

The pianos I dislike working on are those that have been messed up by incompetent techs. Lately I have had a lot of trouble with a Viennese model Kimball because the plastic parts are all deteriorating.
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#2403786 - Yesterday at 10:44 PM Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
Ed McMorrow, RPT Offline
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Registered: 12/09/12
Posts: 2721
Loc: Seattle, WA USA
The best pianos I work on are the ones that I have rebuilt. I have been at the business long enough that I have 30YO+ rebuilds that I have maintained continuously. They hold up so well no other piano at any price can compare to the durability, stability and musicality.

The worst are Young Chang/Pramberger so ugly sounding! Well maybe not the worst; there are square grands, birdcages, Kimball Whitneys, agraffe bridge pianos, Tokai, etc. I could go on forever!
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#2404107 - 9 minutes 18 seconds ago Re: Best and worst to work on? [Re: PhilipInChina]
bkw58 Online   content

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Registered: 03/14/09
Posts: 1924
Loc: Conway, AR USA
I would agree with Ed on the worst - adding only anything from the late Grand Piano Co. sick and the Aeolian-Memphis el cheapo spinets. sick sick

Best: A good S&S D grand, properly broken in and well maintained is hard to beat. Fazioli: it takes a lot of time to get it right but in the end it's well worth it.
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