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An example of how not to do repair

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An example of how not to do repair

I see a lot of attempted repairs. It becomes obvious which tuner/tech has been trained properly and who has not. This one takes the cake. I was a little worried to leave my business card in the piano for fear that the next tuner will think I did this hack job.

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Drowning in Vintage Pianos

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Drowning in Vintage Pianos

Every once in a while I take a step back and look at my shop. For some reason this summer has been extremely busy. Many Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hohner Clavinets this time of year. Luckly I love getting these oldies back in action.

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Thats one crazy looking piano

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Thats one crazy looking piano

Went to this customer to tune an “upright piano”. This was one cool looking upright. Very Art Deco. Apparently is rare and sought after. Unfortunately, it would not hold a tuning. Now it is a really neat conversation piece.

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The New Rhodes at the NAMM show!

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The New Rhodes at the NAMM show!

I’ve been working with the new Rhodes Mrk 8 team to be a dealer for the east coast. When I heard they would be at the NAMM show in Anaheim Ca. I had to go and meet them. Not only did the Rhodes surpass my expectations but the Rhodes team where really cool guys. I …

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Rhodes Piano Bass

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Rhodes Piano Bass

Had the absolute pleasure of working on this 1972 Rhodes piano bass. This one is as clean and as close to mint as they come.All tines, tone bars, hammer tips were in excellent condition. It is nice to know there are still some of these out there even 50 years later.

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One rusty Rhodes

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One rusty Rhodes

Customer brought in a Rhodes he owned since new. Had a pipe burst and there was water damage. That led to a lot of rust on this old girl. Here is just one of the 73 tines before cleaning off rustAnd here it is after. Repeat 73 times. The end result was very nice. She …

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Unusual Baldwin Grand

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Unusual Baldwin Grand

Tuned this Baldwin 9 foot concert grand and noticed it did not have the usual “agraffes” in the treble section. Always trying to build a better mouse trap I guess.Here is what a “normal piano agraffe looks like

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. . .and I believe it

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. . .and I believe it

Tuned this old Wurlitzer piano. It had been passed down from generation to generation and the owner wanted it up to concert pitch. I believe the last tuning was done in 1947! It took a lot of passes and a lot of patience to get this old girl back in playable shape but I got …

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another odd ball piano . . .

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another odd ball piano . . .

Got in this late 70’s Helpinstill Roadmaster piano.Was made for touring. It is basically a spinet that is in its own road case.The keyboard folds flatReady for a tour.It has pick ups and a volume/eq box to can go to an amp or PA system. Very cool idea.

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Now thats a bridge!

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Now thats a bridge!

Tuned a little known German piano and noticed this unique bridge designNever heard of this brand of piano out of Berlin. Thats the thickest bridge I have ever seen.Schwechten is very well built. Plays and sound really amazing considering it is close to 100 years old. It has been in the family since new.

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