Humidity over time

Humidity over time

This graph shows the temperature (red line) and humidity (yellow line) for a period of over a year. This was taken in the sanctuary of North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Notice the overall sine wave up and down from winter to summer. Also notice the huge peaks that happen within a few days when the weather changes dramatically outside. All this is happening while the temperature stays very constant.

Are my piano keys made of ivory?

For the most part telling if your keys are ivory or plastic is simple. These below are ivory. Notice how there is a seam between the wide part of the key and the narrow part that goes between the sharps. This two piece design was done to keep from wasting precious ivory.


These below are plastic. They are one piece. The newest molded keytops have the front of the key molded into the same piece as the top. Plastics have come a long way and almost all new pianos have plastic keytops.


Exception to the rule. These below are from a Hamburg Steinway which is expensive enough to have one piece ivory keytops. Notice the grain in the keytop, which is not usually present in plastic keytops. There are some plastics which have a fake grain but it is usually very straight and regular.


Chances are if your piano is older than the 1930s, it had ivory keytops, after that are plastic or celluloid. They keytop are just a thin wafer on top of a wooden key, so they can be replaced.

Cleaning the soundboard

Have you wondered how you clean dust and dirt out from under the strings? There is no vacuum that will pull the dirt up through the strings. It is best to have me do this cleaning but I will show you the process. The important tool is a long strip of steel to push a rag under the strings.IMG_7604(3)IMG_7604(2)

The soundboard steel works the cloth under the strings and pushes it over to the long side of the piano where it can be pulled out and cleaned.IMG_7604(1)IMG_7604(4)

A paintbrush makes a great tool to remove dirt from between the tuning pins and around the hitch pins. Keep a vacuum close as you use the brush. IMG_7604

Here is the cleaned out soundboard.

New Online Booking System

I have a new way for you to set up an appointment. Just click the Booking Appointment link in the main menu and you will see instructions. Just fill out the form there. Then I send you an email with a customized link to the schedule. It only takes a minute and eliminates phone tag!

Back from the PTG Convention

I just spent a week at the Piano Technicians Guild Convention and learned a lot. I will be implementing some new business ideas that I learned there. I plan to start pre-scheduling, where I will set up appointments with you 6 months or 1 year ahead and will have the reminder systems to remind you. I’m even looking at some software for you to be able to make you own appointment online.

I bought some new tools to help me service your pianos better. I’m looking forward to servicing your pianos in the future.

Always a chance to buy new tools. This is a tiny voicing tool to deal with over hard hammers. The pen is in the picture to show the scale.