Piano Fix & Tuning – What to Appear For in a Secondhand Piano (Tuning Pins, Cracked Wrest Planks)

You can select up an outdated antique piano for $four hundred. I know, because I just bought one particular. But how do you know if it’s well worth acquiring at all? Will it be repairable and will it be Okay for your youngster to find out on? You want to know what to search for.

piano moving london and tuning pins of my Moore & Moore upright piano all looked exceptional. It was 1 of the very best I might at any time seen in that regard–there was no evidence of ruined or abused pins, they all looked first, none experienced been hammered in, none had marks on them, they had been not bent and there ended up no indicators of cracks or other injury to the wrest plank. The audio board (the largest piece of wood, powering the strings in the centre of the instrument) experienced no cracks either, and the strings all appeared fine. The motion (the shifting components) worked well on all the notes, and the dampers stopped the seem of each and every be aware when you lifted the essential or lifted the damper pedal. There was one particular lacking plastic important, but that would be straightforward to change. Most aged pianos would not appear so good on the inside of.

Then, a pair of months afterwards I obtained a criticism from the extremely dissatisfied customer:

“Hello Margaret. Following we experienced the piano sent we got a piano tuner out and have been actually dissatisfied…it was unable to be tuned…when the tuner attempted to tighten the pins they would unwind straight away and she said it was no good at all…so we have employed a piano. When the guys arrived out to provide the [new] piano they also said “No, that is cactus…”

But the piano was truly really tunable, and the inside of workings had been in extremely very good problem. Eventually, right after far more suggestions from me, the customer realised he’d identified a quite usable instrument.

The talent of the tuner is paramount to retaining the strings and tuning pins ‘on pitch.’ When living in the remote city of Karratha, I taught myself to tune a really previous piano in significantly worse situation than this. I also did some tunings on a couple of my students’ aged pianos. In all instances it was really tough to maintain them in tune for much more than a few minutes, partly thanks to my bad technique with the tuning hammer (lever). Even so, when a expert tuner arrived to city he did a marvelous task and the 3 rickety outdated pianos stayed effectively in tune for numerous months.

When a piano has not been tuned for some a long time it could demand much more than 1 tuning to ‘come up to pitch.’ It truly is extremely hard to know how effectively this is heading to pan out, you can only try it and see how many tunings it demands. The strings have tonnes of pressure and you have to hold out for the rigidity to even out ahead of undertaking one more tuning. It can consider months ahead of the tuning settles.

When he acquired my Moore & Moore piano I advised him it essential re-hydrating (it required far more h2o or humidity in the wooden). If the wrest plank experienced dried out the pins would surely be loose. In Karratha we re-hydrated all 3 aged pianos and it produced a Massive distinction. The basic cure is to place a beaker of drinking water inside of the piano at the bottom. The larger, the better, simply because men and women are inclined to forget about them and they ultimately operate out of water. It will take months to have an result. This re-hydrating also appeared to resolve an action problem that two of our pianos experienced. Some tuners do not like water beakers, they reckon they will result in problems with the action or rust the strings so specialist suggestions should be sought from a professional technician, but it labored nicely for us. There are commercially-accessible humidifiers/de-humidifiers specially made for pianos.

Yet another inexpensive method to support with the tuning is to hammer the pins into the wrest plank. It truly is a common treatment but there is a limit to how significantly and how frequently the pins can be hammered in. The pins on this old piano seemed like they’d by no means been hammered at all, so that was even now a feasible option. It really is undoubtedly a task for a experienced piano technician, to stay away from hurt to the pins or wrest plank.

A considerably more costly strategy is to substitute the pins with bigger pins (they come in diverse dimensions), but it would be a massive endeavor and it would be less costly to get one more piano.

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