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Pitches
With modern tuning aids so readily available, the names of the old pitches used by tuners up to the 1970s are now rarely mentioned and are almost forgotten. There is no theoretical limit to the number of possible pitches. Wind instruments particularly deman...
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Pitches
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A Book of Vintage Piano Pictures
The wording on this advert says, "Messers ERARD invite Connoisseurs to visit their Show Rooms and inspect their unrivalled Stock of PIANOFORTES, decorated in pure styles according to the various periods." The old piano my family had when I was young was a G...
A Book of Vintage Piano Pictures
A Book of Vintage Piano Pictures
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Regulating an Upright Piano
Regulating a upright piano is perhaps just a little more straightforward than regulating a grand piano.  The following method for regulating is not the only way, but it works well on most pianos. Please note: while regulating pianos, some improvisation is r...
Regulating an Upright Piano
Regulating an Upright Piano
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Vintage Piano Adverts
These adverts are not easy to date accurately but are likely to be  from the early 1950s.  google.com, pub-7797091376814988, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
Vintage Piano Adverts
Vintage Piano Adverts
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Regulating a Bluthner Action in a Bluthner Grand
Up until about 1918 Bluthner used their own Patent Action in their pianos. For a grand piano, this action was strikingly different from the more standard ‘Roller’ action. Regulating these actions cannot be done by trying to apply the procedure used for the ...
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Centre Pin and Piano Wire Diameters
Centre Pin Diameters Gauge mm 23 1.27 23.5 1.3 24 1.34 24.5 1.4 25 1.45 25.5 1.5 26 1.55 Piano Wire Diameters Gauge mm 13 .775 13.5 .800 14 .825 14.5 .850 15 .875 15.5 .900 16 .925 16.5 .950 17 .975 17.5 1.00 18 1.025 18.5 1.050 19 1.077 19.5 1.100 20 1.125...
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Kawai
Kawai The Japanese culture greatly values respect and honour. Kiochi Kawai established the Kawai musical Instrument Research Laboratory in 1927 but for him,  manufacturing pianos is not just about business, it is more the pursuit of dreams and destiny.  By ...
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Kawai
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Bechstein Pianos - Pictures
Bechstein is among the very best-known names of piano-makers. Every piano in their range has its own characteristics but, the qualities of good design and solid construction are clearly seen in these pictures of the various models. Only extreme age or exces...
Bechstein Pianos - Pictures
Bechstein Pianos - Pictures
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The Tuner's lament..
The Tuning Snob
The Tuning Snob
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The Tuning Snob
If a piano is not in tune, surely it is out of tune! A simple 'either/or' choice would make life so much easier.  Imagine if we piano tuners would turn up to work, flick some kind of switch, tinker about for an hour or so, play the 'Tuner's Waltz', have a c...
The Tuning Snob
The Tuning Snob
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