- Colin Nicholson
- Executive Poster
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- Joined: 04 Jul 2010, 19:15
- Location: Morpeth, Northumberland
Many piano tuners still tune players, but some may not carry spare parts.
When you make an appointment to tune your piano, it's best to ask for an estimated quote for a "player piano tuning" .... (not a standard piano tuning).... the tuning procedure is the same, but you need to make sure the tuner is comfortable with tuning a player piano first, as there is quite a bit of dismantling/ re-assembly prior to a tuning. If the player unit is still working fine.... that's great.... but please be aware this may change after a tuning, as "inadvertent" wear to certain parts may be caused by the tuner dismantling parts (to gain access to the tuning pins/ insertion of wedges between hammers) - not knowing of any suspected air leaks hanging in the balance.
It is often the case that a tuning has to be sacrificed to allow the player unit to still play well 80 years on, and the fascination of watching all the keys move, bellows and the music roll moving with all the tracker chains a sprockets.... a wonderful bit of engineering.... but the piano sounding wildly out of tune! I hope everything goes OK for the tuning
Hope that helps