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As a Steinway trained technician I was taught the art of aural tuning or tuning "by ear". I tune to A440 and can tune many historical temperaments if requested. As you probably know if it has been several years since your instrument was tuned, it may require a pitch raise. In this scenario it will need to be tuned at twice. One tuning to get it on pitch and then one fine tuning.
Sometimes when an instrument is not really out of tune but you are still not satisfied with the sound, the tone of the instrument may need to be evaluated. The process of "voicing" is where the overall tone (how bright or mellow) can be adjusted. Basically, the harder the felt in the hammers the brighter or harsher the tone. The softer the felt in the hammers the more mellow, smooth, or quieter the instrument may be. I also offer voicing services which include: hammer shaping, needling, mating hammers to strings, soft pedal voicing, lacquering hammers, etc...
After several years of playing you may notice that the touch is changing or diminishing. In new pianos this is especially due to compacting of felt and leather in the action. The process of action regulation fixes this problem. Basically what that means is that the factory specifications for the action have changed due to playing and need to be adjusted back to factory specs. Some of these adjustments include: the height of the key, how far the key goes down, the alignment of the hammers to the strings, and other internal mechanical adjustments. Some piano manufacturers recommend having the action regulated every 5 years, but for most people only have it done a handful of times during the life of the piano.
Some instruments that are either damaged by water, fire, etc... need restoration for obvious reasons. However, some need to be rebuilt because the parts have deteriorated so much that the pianos' first life has come to an end. The second and third picture from the top right is a 1912 Steinway M that was restored. The action parts were ordered from Steinway & Sons in NY and are the most current technology. The majority of instruments that are restored are Steinways because they hold their value so well. Another reason for restoration is because it is a family heirloom. Whatever the reason to rebuild, restoration is a favorite job because of the great feeling of satisfaction in returning a hundred year old instrument to new showroom condition.
While working at Steinway, this was another area that I really excelled at. Again, the thing that attracted me to restorative work is the idea of putting something back together that you might have considered irreparable. Finish touch up can mean anything from removing scratches and polishing your Steinway, all the way to rebuilding the corner of your piano because the movers dropped it. We hope not anyway.
This differs from finish touch up because in this case the entire piano would be stripped down to raw wood. Then it would be sanded, repaired, stained, sealed, lacquered, and polished. The process usually takes about 6 weeks. Some recommendations for keeping your piano out of the refinishing shop are: Keep your piano out of direct sunlight. Not only does this damage the finish, but it can also affect the tuning if the piano is heating up from the sun. Do not use furniture polish or waxes on the piano. Some of the product contain chemicals that can harm the finish. Finally, keep the piano in good condition by having it cleaned and polished periodically. I have noticed that once an instrument gets damaged, people tend to think "well its already damaged" and are more careless around it.
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