People often call us asking how they can tell if a piano has an iron frame. There are 4 easy steps that can be followed to tell you if a piano has an iron frame rather than a wooden frame. These are as follows: 1. With the top lid open, look down inside the piano. 2. Whilst looking down inside the piano and looking at the back section, you should see approximately 250 tuning pins exiting the tuning plank. 3. Have a look around the tuning pins, if you can see or feel a metal structure running the length of the piano (Usually a gold colour) around the tuning pins, the piano has an iron frame. 4. If there is no metal structure around the tuning pins, the piano is most likely a wooden framed piano and may not be tunable. Below is a photo of what the inside of a ‘Zimmerman’ brand upright piano looks like with the top panel removed. Note, the
For those who wonder how us piano tuners spend our days, check out this fantastic 5 minute documentary by the ABC on the dying art of piano tuning… If the video doesn’t open on a mobile device, click the link below! http://www.abc navigate to this site.net.au/insidebusiness/content/2011/s3137464.htm
Have a look at this video: Note to Note- The Making of Steinway. I have only seen about 8-10 Steinway pianos in my tuning career. I have however, been lucky enough to be involved in the restoration of three Steinway pianos, including an Upright Grand in 2002. My wife and I long to visit the Steinway factory in New York.
Sticking keys are generally as result of moisture build up in the keyboard. The structure of a piano keyboard is primarily made up of the wooden keys as well as a number of paper and cloth felts. Sticking notes develop when any or all of these three components attracts moisture build up. In climates such as those found in South Australia and Western Australia, piano keyboards typically remain free for most of the year due to the dry hot climate found in these states. When the weather is unseasonally humid or if there are long periods of rainfall, moisture in the air can build up which reulsts in the wood, paper and felt components in piano keyboards to swell. This is why keys start to stick. In most cases, the following basic steps can be taken to temporarily repair a sticking piano key: 1. Identify the sticking key. 2. Depress the keys either side by using the thumb and index finger. 3. Grab hold of the sticking key by using the pad of the thumb and index finger. 4. Gently wiggle
Beale Pianos were originally founded by Octavius Beale in 1893, in Annandale, NSW. The Beale Piano Company rose to be the largest piano manufacturer in the British Empire at one stage, producing more than 90,000 pianos from 1893 to 1975. Of particular note is the unique ‘steel tuning system’ that Beale Pianos patented which was designed to withstand the dry, hot conditions found in many states of Australia. This system was so successful that many Beale Pianos have survived the test of time and are still being played today. Just the other day, I tuned an upright Beale Piano at Banksia Park Primary School in Adelaide, the tuning system was as tight as the day the piano was built. Older style Beale Pianos are generally valued at between $500 – $1,500 depending on their age, condition and model. Fully restored these pianos can fetch up to $5,000. Most older style Beale pianos are worth restoring. The relatively low value of some older styles in a way does the quality of these pianos an injustice as most had
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