Mr P Kennedy

Mr P Kennedy
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Piano Tuning

A large proportion of Phil's tuning work is carried out in private homes across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Monmouthshire and areas of mid-Wales. He also visits Birmingham city on a regular basis. Phil tunes pianos regularly for professional concerts, rehearsals and recording sessions. He works for music festivals, theatres and concert halls, as well as for schools, colleges and churches.

Minor repairs and regulation work are also undertaken including hammer voicing. Phil can also provide advice and guidance about the care of your piano. Therefore, he is confident that he can provide the best quality service to attend to both the tuning of your piano and to the minor technical work that may be required from time to time.

 

Piano Servicing

The piano's action (its playing mechanism), like all things mechanical, will need a regular service from time to time to keep it in peak performance condition. A professional service is available for work required to both upright and grand pianos. This includes complete refurbishment of the action and the replacement of worn materials and parts. Regulation of the action and adjustment to the pedal mechanism can also be carried out. This type of work can normally be undertaken with the removal of only the piano's action and keyboard to the workshop. Detailed written estimates are given for all recommended work, which also carries a warranty.

Please contact Phil to arrange an inspection visit where it will be possible for him to assess the condition of your piano and to offer informed advice on the work that he would recommend should be carried out.

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  • Hereford, Herefordshire HR1 1BH
    England
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Did You Know Piano Facts

1350
Towards the middle of the fourteenth century German wire smiths began drawing wire through steel plates, and this method continued until the beginning of the nineteenth century. Iron, gold, silver, brass, gut, horsehair and recently nylon have been used for strings on many different instruments. The earliest use of steel wire occurred in 1735 in Wales, but is not thought to have been used for the stringing of instruments. The Broadwood piano company stated that they were using steel wire in 1815 from Germany and Britain, but this has not been confirmed. According to the Oxford Companion, it was in 1819 that Brockedon began drawing steel wire through holes in diamonds and rubies. Before 1834 wire for instruments was made either from iron or brass, until Webster of Birmingham introduced steel wire. The firm seems to have been called Webster and Horsfall, but later the best wire is said to have come from Nuremberg and later still from Berlin. Wire has been plated in gold, silver, and platinum to stop rusting and plated wire can still be bought, but polished wire is best. In 1862 Broadwood claimed that a Broadwood grand would take a strain of about 17 tons, with the steel strings taking 150 pounds each. There had been many makers, but it was not until 1883 that the now-famous wire-making firm of Roslau began in West Germany. According to Wolfenden, by 1893 one firm claimed their wire had a breaking strain for gauge 13 of 325 pounds. The same maker gives some earlier dates for the breaking strain of gauge 13: 1867 - 226 pounds; 1873 - 232 pounds; 1876 - 265 pounds; and 1884 - 275 pounds. Wolfenden said:"These samples were, of course, specially drawn for competition and commercial wire of this gauge cannot even now be trusted to reach above 260 pounds."