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Piano Tuning

Open concert piano prepared for tuning. Tools laying on top of action, including piano tuning forks and more

My tuning method is whole-tone, open-string tuning. This is the most authentic process of tuning. I honor this custom used by all concert tuners since the turn of the century. Whether I am tuning for you in the comfort of your home, or studio or any concert venue, I use this method. Electronic tuning devices arrived and tuning by ear lost out to a quicker (and shallower process)

I have decided not to use an electronic tuner. I simply don’t trust them. Lesser tuners have come to rely on them but there is nothing more trustworthy that the good ear of an “old school” tuner.

A good tuning will maximize the beauty of the piano and can radically change the player’s perception of the piano’s touch and tone. I love witnessing the reactions of artists and clients, pre and post tunings. To witness the joy they feel as they sit down to perform or record is their gift to me, as my tuning is a gift in it of itself to the piano and pianist.

I can tune by appointment for private users as well a schedule times for preshow tunings and intermission touch up tunings.

Voicing

Voicing is the technique of creating the perfect sound for your piano. Not many piano technicians venture into building tone in a piano hammer. I personally enjoy the challenge and have full belief in this necessary process.

Generally, people think of voicing as sticking needles into the hammers, although this is a part of voicing and tone building, there are many other steps in the process before the needling. The action needs to be precisely regulated, the strings need to be seated, lifted and leveled. The hammers need to be filed to the proper shape and mated with the leveled strings and the tuning needs to be stable, precise and musical.

Then there are specific needling methods. There are precise locations for different brands and types of hammers. This experience and knowledge is what I bring forward in the voicing and tone building process. I can use my expertise in voicing to create a fuller sound and regulate the volume level. The perfect piano tone is subjective from one client’s needs to another, therefore I highly recommend annual voicing of the piano, in order to maintain its optimal sound, tone and over all beauty.

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Regulation

Regulation is the process of creating a precise and control feel of the action. This allows the pianist to create every nuance he or she wishes to bring out of the music they are playing.

Regulation is dealing with the action. There are many points in each key mechanism (all 88) that can be adjusted. Because a piano action is mostly comprised of parts made of wood, leather, and felt, these materials can wear, shrink or swell unevenly and need to be attended to. Over time, due to compression of the felts, warping of the woods and other over all wear of the piano, the action tends to decline, and regulation is needed to bring back its beauty and sound.

My regulation process ranges from turning a small screw to sanding down a wood surface or a complete overhaul of the entire action.

The goal of regulation is to make the piano’s touch and sound consistent across all notes, allow it to comfortably achieve the widest possible range of dynamics, and make the keys responsive to even the most rapid or most subtle motions of the player.

There are many dozens of types of regulation a piano may require. The most important include adjustment of:

  • Let-off: the point when the hammer disengages from the jack and flies freely. If the let-off is too large, it can be very difficult to achieve a pianissimo, to execute rapid trills, and to play powerful fortes; if too small, notes can acquire a “pinched” sound, or even block.
  • Drop: how far the hammers fall back after let-off. This affects the responsiveness of the action.
  • Repetition springs in a grand piano, which allow a hammer to repeatedly strike with minimal lifting of a key. If a spring is too springy, it can cause double-strikes; if not springy enough, it becomes difficult to repeat a note.
  • Key weights (and, in some actions, weight-regulating springs) control the inertia of the keys. A technician can add, remove, or change lead weights in the keys to change how light or heavy the keys feel to the player.
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Piano Rentals

Grand Steinway concert piano being prepared in warehouse to be shipped as a rental

We offer piano rentals for any types of occasions or events, such as parties, corporate events, fundraisers, festivals, plays, films, photo shoots, and more.

Repairs

As a skilled piano concert technician, I offer repairs and maintenance of any kind that is needed to keep your piano in its optimum play. I offer all forms of repairs, from refinishing or repairing the piano case, replacing hammers, strings, felts, woods, with original parts to a complete rebuild of the instrument.

Piano being prepared for full-scale repair. Includes range of tools laying on top of piano keys.

Rebuilding/Restoration

A full piano rebuild is an exciting procedure. This allows you to create the piano of your dreams to your precise needs and likes. This process is a one on one, between myself; concert piano tuner and you, the piano enthusiast. I bring my intricate workmanship and piano passion to full force when I am custom building your piano for you.

There are many areas that involve intricate details all of which matter to the whole of the process. Here are a few examples of before and after rebuilds. These rebuilds were created for the Piano Boutiques unique collection of pianos, and for clients. There many stages of the rebuilding process.

Cabinet Work

Cabinet Work - Before: Photo of piano before cabinet restoration
Cabinet Work - Before
Cabinet Work / Refinished Case - After: Completely restored cabinet with dark glossy finish
Cabinet Work / Refinished Case - After: Completely restored cabinet with dark glossy finish

Pinblocks

Pinblocks - Before: Rusted and heavily damaged pinblock
Pinblocks - Before: Rusted and heavily damaged pinblock
Pinblocks - After: Brand new pinblock. Photo captures moment of holes being drilled into pinblock
Pinblocks - After: Brand new pinblock. Photo captures moment of holes being drilled into pinblock

Actions

Actions - Before: old piano actions in very bade shape and signs of aging
Actions - Before
Action - After; Fully replaced brand new action on Steinway piano
Action - After; Fully replaced brand new action on Steinway piano

Soundboards

Soundboards - Before: Exposed soundboard with sustained age-related damage
Soundboards - Before: Exposed soundboard with sustained age-related damage
Repaired Soundboard - After: Brand new soundboard being sanded
Repaired Soundboard - After: Brand new soundboard being sanded

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