Piano Mend & Tuning – What to Look For in a Secondhand Piano (Tuning Pins, Cracked Wrest Planks)

You can choose up an aged antique piano for $400. I know, since I just bought one particular. But how do you know if it’s really worth acquiring at all? Will it be repairable and will it be Ok for your little one to understand on? You want to know what to search for.

The wrest plank and tuning pins of my Moore & Moore upright piano all seemed excellent. It was one of the very best I’d at any time noticed in that regard–there was no proof of destroyed or abused pins, they all seemed first, none had been hammered in, none experienced marks on them, they ended up not bent and there were no indications of cracks or other hurt to the wrest plank. Piano restorations london (the greatest piece of wood, behind the strings in the centre of the instrument) experienced no cracks either, and the strings all seemed good. The motion (the relocating parts) worked effectively on all the notes, and the dampers stopped the seem of every notice when you lifted the essential or lifted the damper pedal. There was 1 missing plastic essential, but that would be simple to change. Most previous pianos would not look so very good on the within.

Then, a few of months later on I obtained a criticism from the quite disappointed purchaser:

“Hi Margaret. Following we experienced the piano sent we got a piano tuner out and were really let down…it was unable to be tuned…when the tuner tried to tighten the pins they would unwind straight absent and she stated it was no excellent at all…so we have hired a piano. When the fellas came out to supply the [new] piano they also mentioned “No, that is cactus…”

But the piano was actually very tunable, and the inside of workings have been in really good situation. Ultimately, after more tips from me, the consumer realised he’d identified a extremely usable instrument.

The skill of the tuner is paramount to retaining the strings and tuning pins ‘on pitch.’ When residing in the distant town of Karratha, I taught myself to tune a quite aged piano in significantly even worse problem than this. I also did some tunings on a couple of my students’ aged pianos. In all situations it was really hard to keep them in tune for a lot more than a couple of minutes, partly owing to my poor approach with the tuning hammer (lever). However, when a expert tuner arrived to city he did a wonderful job and the 3 rickety outdated pianos stayed well in tune for many months.

When a piano has not been tuned for some a long time it could need far more than a single tuning to ‘come up to pitch.’ It truly is not possible to know how well this is going to pan out, you can only attempt it and see how numerous tunings it demands. The strings have tonnes of tension and you have to wait around for the tension to even out ahead of doing an additional tuning. It can take months before the tuning settles.

When he purchased my Moore & Moore piano I advised him it necessary re-hydrating (it necessary much more water or humidity in the wooden). If the wrest plank had dried out the pins would definitely be unfastened. In Karratha we re-hydrated all 3 outdated pianos and it created a Large distinction. The straightforward heal is to location a beaker of water within the piano at the base. The greater, the better, due to the fact men and women are likely to neglect about them and they sooner or later run out of h2o. It takes weeks to have an influence. This re-hydrating also appeared to fix an motion dilemma that two of our pianos had. Some tuners don’t like drinking water beakers, they reckon they will result in troubles with the motion or rust the strings so skilled advice need to be sought from a skilled technician, but it labored well for us. There are commercially-obtainable humidifiers/de-humidifiers specially produced for pianos.

An additional cheap approach to aid with the tuning is to hammer the pins into the wrest plank. It is a normal treatment but you will find a restrict to how a lot and how often the pins can be hammered in. The pins on this old piano appeared like they’d never been hammered at all, so that was still a practical choice. It is absolutely a task for a expert piano technician, to keep away from damage to the pins or wrest plank.

A considerably much more pricey method is to replace the pins with greater pins (they arrive in different sizes), but it would be a big endeavor and it would be more affordable to get an additional piano.

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