Things I find interesting

I tuned a 1908 Baldwin Upright today. 111 years old!! I usually do not tune old uprights because they are most always dried out old junk. But as I always say, there are exceptions to every rule and this was one of them. Really nice sounding piano, tight tuning pins, and no cracks in the bridges or soundboard. Almost unheard of. Very fine craftsmanship.

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To date, we've collected 21,513 lbs. of scrap metal, (that's almost 11 tons) from junk pianos, recycled it, and saved that from going into a landfill. No wonder I'm always in pain. Happy Earth Day! (This picture represents only 5,000 lbs)

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I've tuned hundreds of Yamaha pianos. This was my first Suzuki. Maybe Harley should start making pianos. Probably would just sound like potato, potato, potato!!

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Piano keys were originally made from ivory, thus the origin of the phrase, “tickle the ivories.” This lasted until the 1950s, when the elephants banned together and said enough is enough! At least I think that is what happened. Since then, piano keys have been made from plastic.

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I spotted this VERY rare Albino piano in our yard today. Probably looking for a tuner.

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You can't make this stuff up. Well you can, but I didn't. Freddie Mercury used a piano as the headboard of his bed. The double-jointed Mercury would awake with inspiration, reach up and back behind his head and play what he'd heard in his dreams. This was how Bohemian Rhapsody began.

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This may be unnoticeable to some pianists, but, the action on a grand piano is faster than the one on an upright, allowing you to play much faster. This is because a grand piano has a repetition lever, allowing the musician to repeat the notes when the key is only half way up. On an upright (spinet, console or studio), the action requires the key to go all the way up to reset it. So everyone should own a grand piano!! Nah, that's ok. I tune them all.

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The piano is known as the “King of the Instruments” because its range goes from the lowest note that you can play on a double-bassoon to the highest note that you can play on a piccolo. This single instrument covers a full orchestral range! Apparently I have protected my hearing well enough all these years because I still can tune each note from lowest A to highest C. Ok, going to listen to some Metallica on low volume.

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The Beatles used some acoustic pianos in their recordings. Depending on the sound they wanted, they used a Steinway Vertegrand (meaning vertical grand because of the long string length), a Baldwin Grand, a Bluthner Grand, and a Bechstein Concert Grand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steinway_Vertegrand
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Piano_Company
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bl%C3%BCthner
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._Bechstein

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The piano is considered to be a member of the percussion family because it only makes a sound when the hammers hit the strings. If you're a piano player, bet you didn't know you are a percussionist. I refer to it as a string instrument because I tighten and loosen strings all day to make each instrument sound its best.

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14 1/2 minutes of pure music listening pleasure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsOUcikyGRk

Valentina Lisitsa - Beethoven's Monlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1,2,3

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Just received a phone call.
Customer: Hi, this is Mrs. Smith and I would like to cancel our 2:00 appointment for tomorrow.
Me: Oh. Ok. Did you forget about a dentist appointment or something?
Customer: No. It’s just going to be too cold out.
Me: Um, I believe I’m coming to you. You’re not bringing the piano to me are you?
Customer: Silence.
Me: Mrs. Smith?
Customer: Oh……….ya……..ok. See you tomorrow.
Guess she was thinking of my safety but then she should have said “You don’t have to come tomorrow if you don’t want to because of the cold.” Then I would have thanked her and told her “Not to worry. I’ll be there.” So to my customers, thank you so much but do not cancel on me due to severe weather. I’ll do that if I feel I can’t make it. Pretty sure all service people feel this way. Appreciate the thought though. Stay warm out there.