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    RE: Tuning Stability

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    Hi, Ed Well, how easy it is probably depends on how one goes about it. First, how well can you avoid the destabilization while still moving the pitch? Second, instead of using fancy hand work with analysis of flagpoling, pin bending, twist in the ...

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    RE: Tuning Stability

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    Is this some kind of Koan? :-) ------------------------------ Geoff Sykes, RPT Los Angeles CA ------------------------------

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    You wrote: <The flaw with these ideas is their basis in an incorrect acoustical theory. Because it's the vibrating strings that produce the tone, the soundboard simply augments the tone. A fact taken for granted today, but was not easily grasped in ...

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    Tuning Stability

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    When we arrive at the piano, it is almost always stabile; out-of-tune, perhaps. but usually quite stabile, especially if it has been played a lot. As we begin to move the pitch, first we destabilize the string, then we move the pitch. Now our job is just ...

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    Hi Everyone! I have been hired to by the powers that be in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to help them find their next Senior Piano Technician. Mike Kemper retired this summer after twenty-some years, and his shoes will be hard to fill. Could you ...

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    Today's jazz pianists, at least many of them, have very high tuning standards. This may come partly from what is happening in NYC, where a few of the big clubs have their pianos tuned at least every week if not more (probably true in other parts of the ...

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    I saw it too ... desperately reaching for my phone to take a picture.  Pretty neat we were just discussing them. ------------------------------ Garret Traylor Trinity NC 336-887-4266 ------------------------------

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    Just watched a story on 60 Minutes about Harvey and the flooding of Houston. The tag picture at the end of the story was a Story & Clark console in pieces, on top was the big decal with the Lifetime warranty on the Story tone "genuine mahogany" soundboard. ...

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    Chris, Yeah, that's what I'm expecting I will do. I just thought I might be able to save some time. Nathan ------------------------------ Nathan Rau Norman OK 620-870-9769 ------------------------------

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    Wouldn't be hard to make. ------Original Message------ Hello, I am working on a Chickering Brown action that is missing three of its under hammers. Is there anyone that might have some salvaged parts to this type of action? I've attached a photo ...

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    Hello, I am working on a Chickering Brown action that is missing three of its under hammers. Is there anyone that might have some salvaged parts to this type of action? I've attached a photo of one of the under hammers. Many thanks, Nathan ------------------------------ ...

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    Chris, Are you suggesting that the most prominent influence on tone quality is the type of material the strings are made from? ------------------------------ Jason Leininger Pittsburgh PA 412-874-6992 ------------------------------

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    During the 19 th century, the prevailing belief of musical instrument acoustics was that the soundboard was the primary source of tone production. This was confirmed and advanced by many experts of the time such as Dr. Oscar Paul ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Paul ...

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    Albert Steinway patented several implementations of the sostenuto mechanism, presumably covering the types of pianos they were producing and intended to produce for at least several more years: 156,388 (1874) for the square piano 164,052 (1875) for the ...

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    When I was at LSU and we received new pianos, the load for me and assistant increased significanly. New pianos need more tunings and regulation than pianos that are settled. ------------------------------ Mario Igrec, RPT http://www.pianosinsideout.com ...

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    My inventory here at UNC in Chapel Hill is 94 pianos, 3 harpsichords, 1 fortepiano, and 1 1840's grand.  As part of making a 20-year plan for maintaining our inventory, I've been working on a speadsheet that shows how many work hours are estimated to ...

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    Once this metal inlay gets loose and deforms, it can no longer be re-glued until it is removed and straightened. You must cut out the affected inlay and re-shape it to conform to the substrate. With a straight-line inlay strip, it's easier to use a new ...

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    ​The piano is 5'6". and all original. The box is approx. 44" in length and runs under the treble strings. It tapers from 18" to 1" and is 1" tall and 1/4 " below the string. I saw no mechanical fasteners so glued to the mahogany soundboard.. The slots ...

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    Hi, all, For the 30 years I was at California State University in Long Beach, my load (as a full-time staff member) was usually around 75-80 pianos. I started with an inventory of 100 (including two harpsichords), but several old uprights had already ...

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    Any imaginary gain from the soundboard gimick, would be negated from the god aweful hammer hanging job. ------Original Message------ ​1950 Story & Clark grand Storytone soundboard. ------------------------------ Mark Ritchie Westerville OH 614-855-7704 ...

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    Extremely unique and interesting, Mark. If I am seeing this correctly the soundboard was routed-out beneath each unison approximately the length of a sharp, very near to the depth of the board, and in concert with the speaking length of the string. ...

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    This is very specialized restoration work. You might contact Anne Acker at <a.acker@comcast.net> and ask her advice. ------------------------------ Ed Sutton ed440@me.com (980) 254-7413 ------------------------------

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    Wim, Somehow I had the impression that it was closer to 50 pianos. In any case, 72 is a pretty "light" load, relatively speaking, for a state university position. There are a few that are in that range, but not too many. Regards, Fred Sturm ...

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    Sam Son (714) 855-9858 sson@ycapiano.com ------------------------------ Garret Traylor Trinity NC 336-887-4266 ------------------------------

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    In the My.PTG.org website there is a downloadable Membership Directory.  http://my.ptg.org/viewdocument/2017-membership-directory?CommunityKey=7207b7a3-572f-4e55-8469-ebe01384719b&tab=librarydocuments  All the contact info for Young Chang America can ...

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    I was told last week Young Chang is out of business ------------------------------ Benjamin Sloane Cincinnati OH 513-257-8480 ------------------------------

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    Does anyone have a working telephone number for Young Chang? ------------------------------ Wesley Hardman Owner Hardman Piano Service Scottsboro AL 256-574-4761 ------------------------------

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    This is a variant of Charles Frederick Stein's "resonance chamber." I maintained a small Stein piano with this device, and heard nothing exceptional. Of course I did not hear what it sounded like without the contraption in place. <https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/19/57/00/24207be23397ed/US1953544.pdf> ...

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    Hello everyone, I currently suffer from a big problem of gluing the loosed bronze mounted pieces on the surface back to the antique French pianos(pianos belong to one of my customers, these pianos are boulle inlaid, bronze monuted. Made in Mid-19th ...

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    To be fair, Concerning observations about the American Steinway sostenuto mechanism, I should add that I have never seen the documentation on the patent for the Steinway sostenuto mechanism. It may be that Steinway did not mean to claim that Steinway ...

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    Russell, I think Alan is correct, you are the contender for that title. My condolences. By all means, use the CAUT Guidelines and the workload formula. If the Steinway formula is still available use that as well. It is important though to write a detailed ...

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    CAUT formula given the age, condition, and use of my 120 pianos: 4 full time technicians. If they were new pianos the formula says one technician. Current staffing: one technician at 20 hours per week. ------------------------------ [Roy] [Howard] [Dr.] ...

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    What's the Story(tone)? My guess is that it didn't do much except to dampen the soundboard. It appears that there's a box added on top of the soundboard. I've never seen one, and I'll bet nobody else liked it enough to copy it. Can we say, "Gimmick"? ...

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    OMG..... Isn't this same school where a previous, dedicated technician was found dead with a heart attack slumped over a piano around 1990, wrestling 250 pianos single-handedly? Do I remember right, wasn't that Jack Reeves? Regardless, that many ...

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    Fred When I was there the school had only 72 pianos, and I was full time. Since I've left, they've probably added a few pianos, but the dean didn't fill my position and eliminated it, and the job is now contracted out. ------------------------------ ...

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    Mark, Interesting!   What is it? And, how does it sound?  Is there a patent on it where we can learn more about its supposed function?  I've never seem this before! Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ...

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    Wim, I didn't mean to call Alabama a top notch music school, but they do have a load ratio in that range, right? They are pretty exceptional among state institutions. Most that I know about have at least 100 per tech, rarely less than 80 per. Of course, ...

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    ​1950 Story & Clark grand Storytone soundboard. ------------------------------ Mark Ritchie Westerville OH 614-855-7704 ------------------------------

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    Alan, I've long suspected that I am a serious contender for the title.  A title I would prefer not to have, BTW.  :-) ------------------------------ Russell Norton Head Technician BYU Idaho Rexburg ID ------------------------------

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    No autograph yet for Ravel's  Miroirs . It being a pre-WWI composition, it might not exist. The challenge even in light of the historical development of the range in the piano that attributing advocacy for expanding the base range solely to Busoni well ...

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    Here at Univ of SC, we have about 120 pianos (including a forte-piano and 3 harpsichords). I am full time and have an assistant who comes in before every semester and breaks to help with the practice uprights and some of the faculty. I used to ...

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    Jurgen, very nice idea. And better with Robertson Square Drive Screws. ------------------------------ Regards, Jon Page ------------------------------

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    Fred said: Top notch schools will have 50 pianos per tech (e.g., Juilliard, but I think Alabama is in that range) Fred. Alabama might have become an all Steinway School, but I wouldn't go as far as saying it's a "top notch school". They've got a nice ...

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    Having a variety of hammers to sample is a very good idea. I carry these with me all the time. It's also an excellent way to demonstrate for a customer how much of a difference new hammers can make. I've narrowed my choices somewhat these days but I believe ...

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    I am full time on-staff with one student worker to help out. She is full time in the summer and over breaks and about 8-10 hours per week during the semester. We have 124 pianos. So far I am keeping up, but we havre mostly new inventory and it ...

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    I got this message from Clint.  Although it appeared personalized to me, I assumed it was being sent to all active participants: << Bill, We have had reports that people are not receiving emails from PTG-L when they believe they should be. If ...

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    And here I thought I was a heretic in doing the same thing as Jurgen: turning an Asian style pedal upstop system into a Steinway style system. It's a pet peeve of mine as well. That capstan seems like a good idea because it's adjustable, but that also ...

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    I think it is fairly common for a full time load at a state university to be in the 100 - 150 range, often with some contract tuning help seasonally. Top notch schools will have 50 pianos per tech (e.g., Juilliard, but I think Alabama is in that range). ...

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    Thanks David I think I may have been the Alpha tester today. I'm worrying about everyone else; how to get word to them. Thanks again -Garret Traylor High Point Piano & Music Inc. www.highpointpiano.com ------Original Message------ Go ...

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    Hi Russell, You just might win the prize for worst ratio of number of pianos to FTE techs. Student assistants can be useful, but won't really address the underlying problems with the 256:1 ratio. Alan ------------------------------ Alan Eder, RPT Herb ...