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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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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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