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#653013 - 02/13/09 01:26 PM How do YOU tune a Steinway Grand?
dherbon Offline
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Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 37
Loc: Iowa
I have been tuning a number of older Steinway Grands Models A, D, O, L. I have yet to figured out how to get the strings to tune (move) or to settle the string on pitch. I have tried a slow steady pull or a number of short jerks. Every time the string will jump from 20 flat to 20 cents sharp. When you try to drop it down, it goes 20 cents flat. So far no bro#en St@in@s. I hate to even think of that result. How do other tuners handle grands like this. A Baldwin I did was similar. I do not want to even get into tuning Steinway uprights

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#653014 - 02/13/09 01:37 PM Re: How do YOU tune a Steinway Grand?
Ed Foote Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1091
Loc: Tennessee
"older Steinway Grands Models A, D, O, L. I have yet to figured out how to get the strings to tune (move) or to settle the string on pitch. I have tried a slow steady pull or a number of short jerks. Every time the string will jump from 20 flat to 20 cents sharp. When you try to drop it down, it goes 20 cents flat."

Is this all the strings, or just the trichord agraffe section? If that is the only area,you more than likely have rendering problems over the felt that is just proximal to the agraffes. The fix is to apply CLP (Protek) to the strings where they cross the felt. It will not migrate to the tuinig pins,and it will allow the strings to be set.
Regards,

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#653015 - 02/13/09 02:46 PM Re: How do YOU tune a Steinway Grand?
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Correct. Some pianos just "creak or creep" when tuning.

Just don't "douse" it with CLP... You don't want any falling down into the action or especially onto the hammers.
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#653016 - 02/13/09 06:13 PM Re: How do YOU tune a Steinway Grand?
David Jenson Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
Posts: 2031
Loc: Maine
"I have yet to figured out how to get the strings to tune (move) or to settle the string on pitch." dherbon

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Some of the rendering skill is practice. Stubborn, jumpy pin blocks don't respond to much except intelligent overshoot and practiced manipulation.
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