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#28727 - 10/20/04 06:28 AM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
pianoc Offline
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I checked out that websites - had some interesting info, I thought.

Question - are there any of you here that tune your own piano?

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#28728 - 10/20/04 07:04 AM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
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Originally posted by pianoc:
I checked out that websites - had some interesting info, I thought.

Question - are there any of you here that tune your own piano?


Tune my own piano? I liken that to cutting my own hair. Scaryboo! ;\) \:\)

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#28729 - 10/20/04 07:33 AM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
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Originally posted by Jalapeņa:
Tune my own piano? I liken that to cutting my own hair. Scaryboo! ;\) \:\)


Or coloring your own hair....even scarier \:D
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#28730 - 10/20/04 12:11 PM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
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Loc: New Mexico
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Originally posted by Vivace:
Or coloring your own hair....even scarier \:D


Actually, I'm doing okay on the hair coloring thang... now that I've switched to Clairol Natural Instincts. \:\) However, I promise not to color my own hair once it grays to the point that this product no longer works. When that day comes, I'll head straight to the salon.

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#28731 - 10/20/04 03:51 PM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
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Registered: 08/15/04
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Well.........I cut my own hair and color it too. Nothing fancy though. I can't do highlights either...just enough to cover my grey hair..oops did I say that? As for tuning my piano.....how in the world would you know how to do that? Wouldn't you need training? Although.......I did fix my own squeaky pedal and practically took my whole piano apart...but believe me I was shaking the whole time...I was so afraid I couldn't put it all back....kind of like a computer I guess...I hate opening them up.

(BTW didn't say my hair looked nice...but I'm too cheap to spend $60+ for a trim)

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#28732 - 10/20/04 09:14 PM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
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Registered: 03/27/03
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Interesting topic here (the tuning that is..lol)
I am getting ready to buy a tuning kit of some sort and learn to do my own! One of our local teachers here in our MTAC turns her piano, and others too sometimes. My tuner that I have had for 23 years (well I had his dad, who retired, and now have his son)is always telling me I should tune my own pianos. He has taught me a lot actually and last week when he was here tuning one studio piano I regulated the another, that he had tuned the week before. Last year he taught me to regulate my other (3rd) piano (in our living room)which was my mothers and is a spinet. My Kawai is done a little differently but the same idea. I had a BLAST doing it and working along side Greg, our tuner. In the past he has let me help tune my own piano and taught me a few things. His dad was great like that too. I have looked online and there are kits at all different prices. Also training you can get....actual schooling ...or do it yourself kind of things. Our tuner uses a tuner that my husband sold him, but his dad did it by ear. My husband has such a great ear he could tune by ear. I would probably rely on a tuner a lot. I think it could be very fun and it is interesting getting into all the workings of the piano..if you like that sort of thing. I would like to learn to tune and plan to try it as soon as I can get what I need. Shoot, we tune our own guitars. I realize the piano is much more complicated, but still.
And I have heard of dead strings. Piano strings can get old and lose their tone quality just like a guitar string. One of my bass guitars was sounding SO dull we replaced the strings and it made a huge difference. The strings were "dead". Steve replaces guitar strings frequently because they wear and/or sound dead. Same thing happens to pianos eventually. If I ever do get to tuning I will let you know how my experience is. I don't plan to try to make a living at it, HOWEVER I did just cut my studio almost in half to do accompanying work because I was tired of SO MUCH teaching. I want to cut back a bit more eventually. Maybe tuning could offset some more students. ???????? I wouldn;t charge as much as most tuners, not being certified and all that. Maybe I will get certified. ??? I don't know...but I figure many teachers could tune...IF we wanted to.

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#28733 - 10/21/04 05:17 AM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
pianoc Offline
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I cut my hair - between professional cuts. I color my own hair. I sew my own clothes - some of them. I cook/bake my own food from scratch - most of it.

I like doing things that can be done - within reason. Tuning the piano - I've always wondered why more teachers don't do it themselves. It LOOKS like it doesn't take that many tools, and it LOOKS like something most of us could do. I've never noticed Tuning the piano 101 as a class offered at school. So where do these tuners learn? Is it by those "kits" that Nancy was talking about it, or do you learn from your Dad, or somebody else.

I've also wondered if I did have the equipment and knowledge to tune my piano - would that mean I would keep in tune better - or would I put the job off even more than calling my piano tuner to come do it?

So - is Nancy the only person that's even considered it? There are several of you that I really expected to find out that you do it sometimes, or have at least tried.

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#28734 - 10/21/04 06:55 AM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
Lisa Kalmar Offline
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Loc: KC
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Originally posted by NancyK:
[BI I wouldn;t charge as much as most tuners, not being certified and all that. Maybe I will get certified. ??? I don't know...[/B]


Hey, I think this is some more material to argue about! ;\) How do you feel about fresh and/or green piano teachers who come in and undercut the going rate? Just curious. \:D

Lisa, who holds a first rate piano technician right up there with a smooth gynecologist....

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#28735 - 10/21/04 07:46 AM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
Jalapeņa Offline
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Registered: 02/20/03
Posts: 1143
Loc: New Mexico
Regarding references, the dishonest technician I hired was highly recommended to me by several LMTA piano teachers. I assume that either he was treating them right and everybody else wrong, or that they weren't aware of his unethical business practices. Whatever the reason, I learned a valuable lesson. You can't necessarily rely on references, or on the fact that a technician is a Guild member.

After the fact, I found out that other LMTA teachers had in fact been ripped off by that technician, and had started using the other technician (the one recommended to me by the TTU music dept. technician). He lived out of town, so his fee was more expensive due to his travel expenses, but he didn't do any unnecessary work. As a matter of fact, one of the times he made a trip to my house to tune my piano, he told me that it didn't need to be tuned and that he'd be back in 6 months. He didn't charge me a cent for that visit. Now that's the kind of technician I like!

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#28736 - 10/21/04 10:33 AM Re: Piano Tuning Issues
xstitch4me Offline
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Registered: 08/15/04
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Loc: Idaho
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Originally posted by Lisa Kalmar:

Lisa, who holds a first rate piano technician right up there with a smooth gynecologist....


Speaking of a smooth gynecologist.....mine is wonderful and a woman! The clamp things are heated or warmed I should say and you don't feel a thing. I guess some people are born to that..just like musical ability...now there's a comparison. Sounds like a whole new thread \:D

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