It appears to be Edwardian, as described at
but the photo is not very helpful because we can't see the whole piano.
Thanks so much for your help :-)
I realise that some tuning pins can remain very stable within the wrest-plank, but I'm having difficulty in seeing how a piano that has been neglected for 10 years or so could still be "nicely tuned". Could the experts please comment on this? i.e. how long could a piano stay well in tune without any tweaking?
I recall reading on an American piano forum of an Asian who insisted that he'd never had the family piano tuned in over 12 years, because it remained "in perfect tune". That made me smile and wonder at the same time.
Having done a long survey on the tuning thing, I find that most pianos will drop more in pitch in a year than they can be raised in one tuning, but there are occasional exceptions which hardly need any work after a year. Mostly, the tuner is left to decide how much the pitch can be raised in one tuning without destroying the stability of the over-all tuning, so it is not surprising that many pianos will, after a life of neglect, not be up to A440.
As for "perfect tune" I think that is a matter of the person's assessment of something that they are not necessarily qualified to judge. Tuning is an art AND a science.
I actually had a customer who left the piano 12 years, and it required surprisingly little work to get it in tune in itself, but its over-all pitch dropped far too much to make it stable at A440 in one tuning.
Of course, it is easy for anyone to have a free tuning app on their phone that checks the pitch of a note, and some people think this means they can tune pianos. At least it shows them that the pitch has gone down.
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I find that in order to keep stability, it is wise not to raise the A much more than a pure third to the C#, by my reckoning that is about an eighth of a semitone.
And yes, I work to the widely-recognised standard note A, not a C fork.
If an "A" sounds like a C it has either gone up 3 semitones or down 9 semitones?
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