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Lever-Roller Alignment


The alignment of levers & hammer rollers is, like all adjustable parameters in the regulation sequence**, essential to optimum function – which is in itself a prerequisite for the piano’s voicing. See how bad most of these levers & hammers … Continue reading

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Steinway Duplex Scale


The Steinway Duplex scale, designed for its sympathetic resonance, can occasionally be too resonant – so that on this instrument (Steinway model O), I needed to weave in baize to the lowest of the (duplex) strings, because all the ‘C’ … Continue reading

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Bluthner Over-Damper


Another of the classic ‘best of’ models, this Bluthner O/D – often misguidedly dismissed as a second-class instrument, just because it uses the early style of damping in uprights: over-damping. In fact, when built as superbly as this, with long … Continue reading

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Yamaha model X


Quite simply, one of the best uprights I have ever worked on:

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Air Lyndhurst Steinway


Servicing the main Steinway at Air Studios. Basically, a very nice instrument requiring little more than my standard 2-day job. Nice job!

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Hammer Dope


In the Steinway factory (Hamburg) we used 2 kinds of hammer dope, the main one being a metal lacquer. This never really made sense to me, seeing as the stuff just dries concrete-hard – it’s just not very like hammer … Continue reading

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Pleyel LEADS


Both the Damper Lift Body and Key LEADS on this 1840s Pleyel grand became oxidized (quite some time ago, I think!) – so that they were rubbing/blocking against each other. The nasty (masked) job of filing the leads flush was … Continue reading

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Odd Sound?


An odd string dullness confused me for a bit – until I looked at the proximal string, just where it passes under the Capo Tasto: The splinter of wood caught between 2 strings is just visible (blurred in this pic) … Continue reading

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Moth Attack II


Moths always go for the most delectable felt – the felt only visible once the keys (and action) are removed: the back-touch and/or balance rail baizes. Almost all pianos I visit now have some sign of moth, even if they … Continue reading

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Grotrian Steinweg Plate Bearing Bars


I like many Grotrian-Steinweg pianos – I was brought up with a 185 grand (from 1896) – but this new 2 metre something grand has proximal plate bearing bars that will become a tuner’s nightmare. (One of my friends recently … Continue reading

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