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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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One of the coolest things I’ve had in my shop in a while . . .

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One of the coolest things I’ve had in my shop in a while . . .

I very much enjoyed restoring this 1962 Hohner Pianet model N. I gave it “the works”. I am a huge Beatles and Zombies fan and could not resist learning the songs that used this instrument. This thing plays and sounds like a dream. I didn’t want to get up.

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Hard at work on this old Wurli

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Hard at work on this old Wurli

I love old wurlitzer electric pianos. This one is a 1958 model 120. Tube amp. Very difficult to tune these because the reed bolts are hidden under the wooden dampers. Still a very cool instrument and the amp is now running strong.

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Rebuilding a Steinway grand action

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Rebuilding a Steinway grand action

Brooksby Village in Peabody hired me to rebuild their 1928 Steinway ‘M’ grand piano’s action. A lot of work but it turned out to be one of the best rebuilds I have ever done. In addition to new hammers, shanks, and flanges, they decided to replace the whippens as well. It regulated up beautifully and …

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Voted #1

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Voted #1

I’ve been Thumbtack for a while now and have gotten some good responses. Apparently I am a “top pro”

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A good treble bridge repair

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A good treble bridge repair

This old upright has a pretty neat fix to cracked treble bridge pins. They simply moved the pins back away from the cracks and filled them in with some wood putty. No one is the wiser. The treble sounds as good as ever. I’ll have to remember this trick.

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Beware – working on spinets can hurt your back!

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Beware – working on spinets can hurt your back!

It took hours to replace these broken elbows on this spinet upright piano. My back was burning in the end. They did not cooperate. I persevered in the end.

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