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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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Haven’t seen this on such a high end piano before . . .

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Haven’t seen this on such a high end piano before . . .

This is a 7’6″ Schimmel Grand piano is such a pleasure to tune and play. I noticed hammer #1 is coming undone. Renner hammers are very high end and I was very surprised to see this. Not an easy fix!

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An absolutely stunning piano . . .

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An absolutely stunning piano . . .

I have tuned a few Falcone pianos in the past. This one has the magic like no other one I have played. This customer is very lucky to have this. It is the kind of piano you do not want to get up from. At 7’6″ the bass rumbles like a cannon!

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Haven’t ever seen this before . . .

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Haven’t ever seen this before . . .

Normally we tuners measure pitch by “A”. Concert pitch is “A440”. That is the frequency of concert pitch. The Crown piano measures pitch by “C 517.3” which comes out to be somewhere around A438ish. I wonder why they did this??

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two things . . .

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two things . . .

So according to the owner of this piano it hasn’t ever been tuned since new. It is from the 1950’s. 60 years worth of tuning to make up for. I have my work cut out for me. A good challenge. This caught my eye. I had to look at the bridges to see if they …

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Oh no – How do I tell this customer about this . . . ?

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Oh no – How do I tell this customer about this . . . ?

This customer had no idea about this pretty big crack in their plate. It is a Steinway grand piano. Sometimes my job is easy and sometimes it is hard. She wasn’t very happy.

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This piano has Gold strings!

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This piano has Gold strings!

Tuned this 1920’s Schumann grand piano. It has original gold strings. Ive never seen this before. I guess thats is what they thought separated them from other pianos. Not a bad sounding old piano.

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