My 3rd Piano waiting to be tuned...:
Talking to a friend about some Guitar strings I've got for sale the subject got around to my efforts to tune pianos and my Correspondence Course. My friend said he was summoned to help a Farmer from North of town to tune a Piano that was given to the Civic Center by some folks having to move to Portland. The piano had been a "plant stand" for many years and the last tuning it had had was in 1944.
The Farmer had all the tools, a tuning hammer, and several "Q tips" to mute the strings. (his words). He also had a Guitar tuner to make the job easier.
My friend said they started down on the bass strings and progressed up the scale breaking several strings as they went! The piano was tuned after just one pass and the broken strings were just spares as the notes affected had other strings there to maintain the note.
The next day the piano was to be used in some kind of ceremony and played by one of the Churches piano players. My friend said the piano player kept cringing on certain cords/notes as she played along. The piano player stated to my friend that this piano needs further tuning.
My friend said that I'd be welcome to come and tune it when I had the time... (grin)
I've got to be more careful on who I choose to become friends with!
This will be a challenge to be sure! :rolleyes: