Feedback Please!

Hello everyone,

I am writing this post to ask for feedback on where everyone is in their piano tuning journey.

Are you tuning friends’ pianos yet? Still practicing? Have you reached a plateau and having trouble overcoming some challenge? Maybe you are working as a tuner and making money finally.

Let us know!

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6 Responses to “Feedback Please!”

  1. Dimitrov says:

    What about the entropy method to tune the pianos?

  2. Stuart Rogers says:

    Tuned a friend’s piano way back in January and that was it for 2017! Still want to do more practice at home, but life has been filled with many other activities. If you opened the music desk of my Mason & Risch, you’d find a rubber wedge or two in the strings and a hammer hanging off a pin 🙂
    Maybe when the weather turns cold I’ll spend more time on the bench… Still love the challenge. Also just received my copy of Piano Tuning Theory, so I’ll read that by the fireside, too.
    Best regards to you, Mark.

    • The biggest impetus for me was to make money. And to make money I had to be good and fast. So that’s what I worked on. Maybe if I had a good job making money I wouldn’t have had the motivation to focus. It’s a double edged sword. Some days I would rather I had more money and less tuning skills. 😉

  3. Cobrun Sells says:

    To anyone reading,
    After studying with Mark I formed my own way to tune. Mark tunes temperament, treble, then bass. I prefer temperament, bass, then treble. There are some other things that I differ from Mark a little bit, but my biggest road block is ETD! I have a Sanderson-Accutuner IV and it is so easy to use and leaves the temperament between F3-F4 sounding pretty good. My biggest beef is that I purchased it before having studied with Mark and I am lazy and use it all the time. I can’t remember the last time I tuned a temperament by ear and feel ashamed. I want to go that route of tuning APE method (Accurate, Precise, Efficient)(by ear alone) which Mark has created and which I have studied, it’s just that using the ETD is so easy and tempting…plus I own the darn $1,600 USD thing so why would I not use it?
    So in summation: my biggest road block is ego/incentive to tune by ear. My other biggest struggle is the business/marketing aspect of tuning. I tune decently, regulate okay, repair what I can and don’t repair what I know I have no skill on repairing, but when it comes to reaching out and getting more customers I struggle.

    • It is a struggle. I think most tuners use an ETD. The only way to get better tuning by ear is to do it, with some directed focus. That means putting the ETD into the drawer, for a while anyway. You can always pull it out again later.

      Business building? Good topic. I’ve got a few ideas. Maybe a blog post?

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