Sounds a bit like a kinky musical convention for those who like having their leather felt. I'll give it some thought........Jonathan the 2nd wrote:Maybe a bit advanced for me. But they have a felt and leather clinic . They think of everything.
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Also occasionally, just play a few octaves & stagger them, thats how I test the general tuning of my piano.. play some arpeggios/ chords in various keys. It sometimes can take up to 5 years or more for a musician to listen carefully to their own playing... slowing down during an arpeggio (using pedal), then just before you hit the top notes - try and anticipate the sound in your head first (or whistle the top note).... then play it... if it sounds flat (and you use those notes) - your piano will probably need a retune. I sometimes involve this in piano lessons.... strike a few octaves.... "is it flat/ sharp.... or OK?" mmmm some look at me as though I'm not right in my head!!.... but this then sharpens up their listening skills. Many novice pianists take several years to actually "listen" to their own playing (aswell as adding dynamics/ expression etc).
Generally though, your ear is the best monitor, and shortly (esp after a pitch raise), you will certain notes/ chords not sounding quite right. The "3 strings" are referred to as a tri-chord (steel wire).... and it is likely any one of these strings may drift out slightly, creating the unison sound to be not so pure.
After a pitch raise of a semitone (or more), personally, I would never say to my customer "Your piano has been tuned" .... but instead, something like.... "Your piano has had its pitch adjusted, and will require a finer tuning at a later date" .... words to that effect.
You are best speaking to your tuner whether (s)he does minor alterations.... I presume you may be therefore asking.... "is it cheaper" ?? All piano tuners will probably charge the same, whether its just to tune 5 strings, or 215 strings.... depending on distance/ call-out fee etc. I myself have a fixed rate. Depending on the condition of your strings, and the stability of the wrest pins - a pitch raise is usually followed up with a finer tuning, adding more stability each time - approx. 2-3 months after the pitch raise. For new pianos, sometimes the same pitch changing service is required as old pianos - and I recommend they are tuned every 3-4 months for the first 3 years.... but it all depends on the piano, and its location.
What age is your piano ? would be good to see it aswell.
I would try a very mellow tone on your honer it will complement the Kirnberger temperament nicely.
We are looking at the cost of a project for the UKPP 2 pieces of music one very old and one in the romantic period not too long, preferably well known. Each piece will be played on the same piano in all the different temperaments. So you will have 16 variations to listen to
The quality of the recording will to be very high
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