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Restoring a Rhodes piano from the 1960’s

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Restoring a Rhodes piano from the 1960’s

This Rhodes has felt hammers like a piano. They did this in the 1960’s. After 50 years of use you can see the deep grooves cut on the hammers.I am half way done hand filing them to get rid of the grooves and reshape them.Very uneven hammers. I need to bring up the hammers to …

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A feather in my cap . . .

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A feather in my cap . . .

After years of trying to convince “The Piano Craft Guild” which was the old Chickering piano factory in Boston to get a Chickering for their front lobby, they finally got one. They asked me to refurbish the ol’girl.I am keeping it 100% original (warts and all) just as it came out of this factory. A …

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You learn something new every day . . .

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You learn something new every day . . .

1823 ha? I didn’t know that. Maybe they were good back then however Currier spinets from the 70’s are a hard piano for us tuners to love. At that time the quality was not there. Too bad.

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Hard at work getting this Hohner Clavinet back in shape

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Hard at work getting this Hohner Clavinet back in shape

Although working on these beasts is not the most fun, the result is always worth itThis one is in very good shape (for its age) and fortunately does not need to be “re-yarned”. The final testing before I button it back up and out the door.

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Play me, I’m yours in Peabody

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Play me, I’m yours in Peabody

The town of Peabody has their annual outdoor pianos scattered around town. I spent the day getting them in playable condition. It is not easy tuning a piano on Main St. It is a truck route! Very noisy. But it is a great idea and encourages people to make music. Feel free to play them …

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Now thats one small piano . . .

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Now thats one small piano . . .

These pianos were made to be used on a train in the 30’s and 40’s.They don’t play or sound very good and are an exercise in patience. Muting the strings is very difficult. I dropped my mutes at least 10 times into the piano.

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thats one burnt finish . . .

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thats one burnt finish . . .

The finish of this piano is incredibly “alligatored”. I was very surprised at how well it tuned up considering how dry it must have been over the years to make the finish shrivel up like this. I guess they don’t make them like they used to.

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Kinda cool . . .

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Kinda cool . . .

I tuned a piano well over 100 years old and it had these stickers that told when it was tuned. First date is from 1917. I really enjoy that fact that I am doing the same job people have done for hundreds of years. In fact tuning the same piano someone tuned over 100 years …

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My business card looks like an antique

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My business card looks like an antique

I noticed my card in a piano I haven’t tuned in years. It looks like it is from 1900. Times sure does fly.

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Funny story . . .

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Funny story . . .

I got an email from a piano player who was playing at the top of the hub. He didn’t call because he had dropped his phone behind the fallboard (key cover) and could not get it out. He was due to play shortly so I popped over, pulled the action out and got his phone.

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