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

You can choose up an outdated antique piano for $400. I know, since I just offered 1. But how do you know if it really is value getting at all? Will it be repairable and will it be Alright for your child to discover on? You need to know what to seem for.

The wrest plank and tuning pins of my Moore & Moore upright piano all looked exceptional. It was a single of the greatest I’d at any time noticed in that respect–there was no evidence of ruined or abused pins, they all appeared original, none experienced been hammered in, none had marks on them, they had been not bent and there have been no indicators of cracks or other injury to the wrest plank. The audio board (the largest piece of wooden, powering the strings in the centre of the instrument) experienced no cracks possibly, and the strings all seemed fantastic. The action (the moving parts) worked nicely on all the notes, and the dampers stopped the seem of each note when you lifted the key or raised the damper pedal. There was Piano buying london lacking plastic important, but that would be simple to change. Most old pianos would not look so good on the inside.

Then, a few of weeks later on I obtained a criticism from the really unhappy customer:

“Hi Margaret. Following we had the piano shipped we got a piano tuner out and have been truly dissatisfied…it was unable to be tuned…when the tuner tried to tighten the pins they would unwind straight absent and she explained it was no good at all…so we have hired a piano. When the guys came out to produce the [new] piano they also stated “No, which is cactus…”

But the piano was really really tunable, and the inside of workings have been in really excellent issue. Sooner or later, following far more suggestions from me, the customer realised he’d discovered a very usable instrument.

The skill of the tuner is paramount to keeping the strings and tuning pins ‘on pitch.’ When living in the remote town of Karratha, I taught myself to tune a extremely aged piano in significantly even worse issue than this. I also did some tunings on a pair of my students’ aged pianos. In all circumstances it was extremely tough to keep them in tune for much more than a number of minutes, partly because of to my poor technique with the tuning hammer (lever). Even so, when a skilled tuner arrived to city he did a great task and the three rickety old pianos stayed well in tune for numerous months.

When a piano has not been tuned for some a long time it may call for much more than one tuning to ‘come up to pitch.’ It truly is impossible to know how nicely this is heading to pan out, you can only consider it and see how numerous tunings it wants. The strings have tonnes of stress and you have to wait for the pressure to even out before doing one more tuning. It can get months prior to the tuning settles.

When he purchased my Moore & Moore piano I instructed him it essential re-hydrating (it necessary much more drinking water or dampness in the wooden). If the wrest plank experienced dried out the pins would definitely be loose. In Karratha we re-hydrated all a few outdated pianos and it manufactured a Large big difference. The straightforward heal is to place a beaker of h2o within the piano at the bottom. The larger, the greater, since folks tend to forget about them and they at some point operate out of drinking water. It takes months to have an effect. This re-hydrating also seemed to resolve an motion dilemma that two of our pianos experienced. Some tuners don’t like h2o beakers, they reckon they will trigger troubles with the action or rust the strings so specialist advice must be sought from a skilled technician, but it labored nicely for us. There are commercially-obtainable humidifiers/de-humidifiers specially created for pianos.

One more low-cost method to help with the tuning is to hammer the pins into the wrest plank. It is a standard solution 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 alternative. It is certainly a task for a skilled piano technician, to keep away from damage to the pins or wrest plank.

A significantly more pricey technique is to change the pins with more substantial pins (they occur in various sizes), but it would be a big enterprise and it would be more affordable to get another piano.

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