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

You can pick up an previous antique piano for $four hundred. I know, simply because I just bought 1. But how do you know if it is really worth getting at all? Will it be repairable and will it be Ok for your kid to find out on? Piano removals london want to know what to look for.

The wrest plank and tuning pins of my Moore & Moore upright piano all seemed exceptional. It was one particular of the greatest I would at any time seen in that respect–there was no evidence of ruined or abused pins, they all looked unique, none experienced been hammered in, none experienced marks on them, they ended up not bent and there were no indications of cracks or other injury to the wrest plank. The sound board (the greatest piece of wood, guiding the strings in the centre of the instrument) experienced no cracks possibly, and the strings all seemed good. The action (the moving parts) worked well on all the notes, and the dampers stopped the sound of every notice when you lifted the essential or raised the damper pedal. There was 1 lacking plastic key, but that would be simple to replace. Most aged pianos would not appear so excellent on the inside.

Then, a couple of weeks afterwards I obtained a grievance from the extremely let down buyer:

“Hi Margaret. Right after we experienced the piano sent we obtained a piano tuner out and ended up genuinely dissatisfied…it was not able to be tuned…when the tuner attempted to tighten the pins they would unwind straight absent and she said it was no very good at all…so we have hired a piano. When the men came out to provide the [new] piano they also mentioned “No, that is cactus…”

But the piano was truly very tunable, and the within workings ended up in extremely very good situation. Sooner or later, soon after more advice from me, the purchaser realised he’d discovered a quite usable instrument.

The talent of the tuner is paramount to maintaining the strings and tuning pins ‘on pitch.’ When residing in the remote town of Karratha, I taught myself to tune a very aged piano in much even worse problem than this. I also did some tunings on a few of my students’ outdated pianos. In all circumstances it was really challenging to hold them in tune for more than a number of minutes, partly thanks to my inadequate method with the tuning hammer (lever). Nonetheless, when a professional tuner came to city he did a great occupation and the three rickety previous pianos stayed well in tune for a lot of months.

When a piano has not been tuned for some several years it may possibly call for more than one tuning to ‘come up to pitch.’ It really is impossible to know how nicely this is going to pan out, you can only try out it and see how many tunings it needs. The strings have tonnes of pressure and you have to wait for the tension to even out prior to carrying out one more tuning. It can consider months ahead of the tuning settles.

When he purchased my Moore & Moore piano I informed him it essential re-hydrating (it necessary a lot more h2o or moisture in the wooden). If the wrest plank experienced dried out the pins would surely be loose. In Karratha we re-hydrated all a few outdated pianos and it produced a Huge variation. The basic treatment is to area a beaker of drinking water inside the piano at the bottom. The even bigger, the far better, because individuals are inclined to fail to remember about them and they at some point operate out of drinking water. It will take months to have an impact. This re-hydrating also seemed to correct an action issue that two of our pianos experienced. Some tuners never like drinking water beakers, they reckon they will result in troubles with the action or rust the strings so skilled suggestions ought to be sought from a expert technician, but it worked nicely for us. There are commercially-accessible humidifiers/de-humidifiers specifically created for pianos.

Yet another cheap approach to support with the tuning is to hammer the pins into the wrest plank. It’s a standard remedy but there is certainly a restrict to how a lot and how typically the pins can be hammered in. The pins on this old piano looked like they’d never ever been hammered at all, so that was even now a viable selection. It is absolutely a task for a experienced piano technician, to stay away from harm to the pins or wrest plank.

A a lot far more high-priced technique is to substitute the pins with bigger pins (they appear in different sizes), but it would be a massive enterprise and it would be less costly to get yet another piano.

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