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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
There are somewhere around 230 strings in a piano. They range from a speaking length of only 2″ to 7 feet or more. In the low bass there is only one string per note. Then in the upper bass, 2 strings per note. In the middle and treble there are 3 strings per note. This is to balance out the loudness of each area. The upper strings are plain steel wire. Although they all look alike, there are many sizes of plain wire that are only .001 inch different. In the bass section, the strings have copper windings around them to make them heavier so they will vibrate more slowly. The lowest notes can have 2 layers of copper to make them large without making them too stiff.
Tuning a piano involves adjusting every string. I first get one of the strings in the right relation to notes around it, and then tune the unison to match the other two strings to the one already tuned.
Piano wire is probably the strongest material in your house. It is very difficult to make it hard and strong enough without it becoming brittle and breaking easily.