the Feds are playing games with inflation statistics.....
I am out of retirement to add a bit to the cash flow.
am looking for a few good pianos to tune :-)
$ 120 for a regular tuning (within about twenty miles of Liberty Hill) *
$ 160 for a double tuning- "Raising pitch" (see below) (No $120 added) Repairs:
$ 30 per hour (For major repairs I will usually set a maximum on labor cost) $60
Examine and estimate value of piano you might want to buy (within 20 miles
of my home)
checking other piano tuners for price, ask if they charge mileage. I DO NOT
charge mileage within 20 miles of my home in Liberty Hill. Anything over 20
miles is charged a nominal mileage charge.
tunings include my attendance at the event if I receive two free tickets.
case of national economic trouble, I take Pesos if they are in lawful circulation. Other
"currency" accepted- Denominations of 12ga, 410, 30-06, and 357 Also,
I will barter if you have something I need.
What is "raising pitch" or a double tuning?
That is for a neglected piano that is so far out of tune that it takes two trips
over the whole piano to convince it to stay at A-440, the world standard. This
is done in one long visit lasting up to four hours.
512 673-3309 Answering- 10 AM to 6 PM
what are you waiting for? I am ready to tune your piano...... >
SHOOTING YOUR OWN PIANO
your piano is acting up, it is probably only a regulation problem. I do piano
regulation, and you pay by the hour. Regulation
means taking out the sloppy motion in keys and hammers and pedals due to wear.
All pianos suffer from this, and it is usually not serious, but it will really
distract the pianist if it gets too advanced. Seldom is sloppy action terminal.
Read that sentence again please.
here is where I am a bit weird. I help my customers trouble shoot their own
piano. If you use some basic caution, you can do this without ruining your
piano. Right, the last piano tuner told you to not even lift the lid on your
upright. This is a bit of Mother Goose. So, below find a link to the section
from my previous business from the past where I helped people all over the
world repair and tune their own piano.
you feel like this when your piano tuner tells you your piano is in big trouble? I
do not use these tactics.
GO HERE, and learn all about pianos, how they work, and how to trouble
shoot your own piano. If I come to tutor you in any of the repairs, or
if you want to learn to tune your own piano..... Ah, there is the rub. I
will hand you a bill of course. Ain't no such thang as a free lunch, mister.
But, I am compassionate, especially where a wise customer adds fresh brewed
coffee and homemade pie.
have a no compete agreement with the gentleman who bought my online business
in the recent past. So, any tools or piano parts must be purchased from
him or anyone else but me. Thanks for understanding.
Estep, at age 16, completely restored his turn of the century upright piano. He
used my online repair and restoration guide and bought everything for the
restoration, except his fantastic period costume, from my online store before
I sold the rights to it.
STRETCH, AND A "PERFECT TUNING" By Robert Estrin
we talk about a piano being "in tune," we are talking about engineered
imperfection. Most piano tuners will not talk about this to their customers. They
fear the customer will think the tuner is trying to make up a story to cover up
his poor tuning skills.
Johann Sabastian Bach forced us to use temperament so that any piano could be
played in any key and sound good. I want you to watch this video, and I think
you will understand that you WANT me to use temperament. Also, the man talks about
stretch. He did not talk about tuning to the customer's ear. You may hear the
treble or the bass differently than other people. I need to know if you have felt
dissatisfied with a previous tunings that sounded sharp in the bass or flat in
the treble. I can simply stretch to YOUR ear, and your piano will be personally
you may have particular notes that have strange noises in them. This can be because
of old age, or it can be caused by compromises the engineer made in the factory
in setting up the original design of the piano. If you tell me about this before
the tuning, I can often tinker with the wires and the tuning choices to diminish
that added extraneous noise.
same man warns us about Five Piano Scams:
Estrin is a concert pianist. He has a YouTube site that is exceptional with suggestions
to all piano players in improving technique and in learning the value and individual
strengths and weaknesses of various brands of pianos. SEE
HIS VIDEOS HERE
story about Bait and Stitch tricks by piano stores: By Steve Van Nattan
piano company in Arizona had used pianos in their show room for sale as well as
new ones. Among the used pianos was a Winter spinet. Winter was a company that
made wretched pianos long ago for several years and then went "bankrupt" as the
pianos started coming apart before the warrantee period was up. The pin block
separates from the frame at the top, and they had soybean plastic parts that crystallized
old Winter should be hauled to the dump, NOT sold used. The exception would be
an extremely old Winter before the name was bought by the company that made the
junk. Ask your piano tuner to date the piano and tell you if it is from the original
company. The photo is the kind of Winter you must avoid at all costs.
store under discussion had customers who did not quite have enough money to buy
a better piano, so the store would sell them the Winter spinet cheap. They did
this with a dentist, and he called me to tune it. Opening the piano, I found written
in chalk on the top of the pin block, "discard," which was probably the verdict
given by the store's piano tuner. The pin block was ruptured, and the center tuning
pins were hopelessly loose. I showed the chalk writing to the customer, and he
was furious. I had to walk away without being able to help them. He told the store
what he found and accused them of cheating him. They very magnanimously told him
they would exchange the piano for a good one if he paid an additional amount.
He agreed, and they brought him a piano that was usable. The scam was that what
he paid in the end was an extortionist total price.
I found the piano in the home of a low income retired couple in the area. Same
piano, same chalk markings. The store KNEW they had a piece of trash, and they
did this on purpose. The people did not have the money to go through the scam
trick, so I had mercy on them and did a very freaky repair. I tapped wedges into
the pin holes, and the thing held tune. That was the only thing I could think
of. But, their Winter must have eventually literally gone to pieces.
suppose this trick is a variation of Bait and Switch. It is very cruel.
is why it is very good to ask a piano tuner to have a look at any piano you plan
to buy, even one in a piano store that appears to be legitimate. The investment
is worth the peace of mind. If the store does not want your piano tuner to look
at the piano, grab your wallet, and run out the door at once. Something is very
your Piano Tuner have Perfect Pitch hearing?
NO. He may be able to tell when any given note on the piano is very close to perfection,
but no one has perfect pitch. Perfect pitch is gotten by using a standard. That
is done with a tuning fork or a very high end tuning meter or tone generator.
If your tuner sets middle C without using some standard, he is not tuning your
reason for this is that the standard in the tuning profession, and in the music
world, is a perfect 440 beats per second at A. With a standard, this can be done,
and anything short of this perfect standard is not professional.
if you neglected your piano for many years, the piano tuner may tell you that
he does not want to add all the lost tension back to the piano. This is because
strings that have relaxed may break if they are stretched all the way back to
perfection. He will suggest you allow him to raise is part way to A440 at the
first tuning, and six months to a year later to bring it finally all the way up
to A440. This is a very good idea. Broken strings can be replaced, but they go
right out of tune and have to be brought up over and over.
perfection as to the music scale, is gotten by an external standard, not the human