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The Painted Piano

I found this at Westend Piano Rebuilding Shop in Montreal that is owned by my friend, Doug Yeats – Piano Rebuilder/Tuner/Technician.

Full Front View
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Front Panel Detail 1/4
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Front Panel Detail 2/4
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Front Panel Detail 3/4
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Front Panel Detail 4/4
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Left Side
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Left Side Detail. Those are little googly eyes glued onto the piano.
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Right Side
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Right Side Detail 1/2
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Right Side Detail 2/2
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Key Cover Detail 1/3
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Key Cover Detail 2/3
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Key Cover Detail 3/3. Yes, that’s painted.
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Key Cover Open. That’s the real keys.
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Top
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Top from behind
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Piano Tuner Looking for Adventure!

Do you live in a remote community with no piano technician?

Do you know people who want to learn how to tune a piano?

I have travelled great distances to provide piano tuning services to remote communities and educational opportunities in areas that lack a piano technology school.

My family and I are looking for travel opportunities and I am hoping some of my subscribers might have some ideas, or know of a place where my skills could be an asset.

Please contact me if you have any suggestions.

Mark

A Fascinating Review of the History of Equal Temperament

I’ve just created a page that features an excellent podcast on this topic.

You can listen to it HERE

New Lesson – Regluing Hammer Felt

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Sometimes hammer felt comes unglued. I’ve just uploaded a video lesson that shows how I reglue hammer felt.

You can watch it HERE

Proud Students Just Finished Course in Toronto.

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Adrian and Kevin just finished a 21 hour course in basic piano tuning the I held at Beaches Conservatory in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

We learned how to hear beats clearly using a beat filter and used my Beat Speed Window temperament sequence that helps tuners measure inharmonicity aurally and choose the best size for the particular piano you are tuning.

It also reduces the need to know intervals because the sequence is laid out note by note and because of the high accuracy built on the inharmonicity of that specific piano, notes that need correcting just need to fit with the one check that tuned them in the first place. No multiple interval checks needed.

Both students seemed to enjoy following the objective logic of the system.

I teach every March and August in Toronto, but I will make exceptions if there is demand.

What’s going on?

I tune a unison in this lesson and create partial melodies depending on how the unison is tuned.

While listening to and tuning clean higher partials is a great way to improve unison tuning, this seems different somehow. I wasn’t able to get these partials to be completely still.

What do you think is going on?

Listen to the recording HERE

Last Chance…

to learn basic piano tuning and repair in Montreal this year.

I am teaching for the next three weeks in Montreal. We will learn basic and advanced tuning techniques as well as basic piano repair and regulation and basic grand regulation.

If you are interested in this subject and are available, please CONTACT ME asap.

We will only have class in the morning so if you are thinking of combining an educational trip with sight-seeing, you will have afternoons and evenings free.

You can read more about the courses offered HERE

New Cool Tool for Learning How to Tune a Temperament

I have created a javascript tool that you can use to get feedback on your temperaments.

You simply send me a recording of you playing each note in your temperament octave and I load it into a javascript webpage and send it back to you, along with an analysis of the beat speed progressions in your temperament.

You can then play back specific intervals in your temperament and listen to see if you can hear what I found.

An example of how it works is found HERE

I anticipate charging a fee for this service, but for the next short while, I am offering it for free.

New Lesson Posted: How to Tune Beatless Octaves

“Beatless” is a term I, and other technicians, like to use to describe an octave that sounds like a beatless unison. It just means that it sounds pure and has as little motion in the upper partials as possible.

I have created a flow chart that shows you how to measure the inharmonicity of a piano aurally and then tune the best octave for that piano.

You can read the lesson HERE

The Amazing Canadian Heintzman Transposing Piano

This acoustic piano was designed and built by the famous Heintzman company, a Canadian piano manufacturer from the early 20th century.

It is operated by the middle pedal, which raises the whippen dowels so they are not damaged when shifting the keys. Then a lever under the keybed is used to move the keys sideways so they line up under different whippens. A needle marks the key of the piano.

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