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

June 7, 2023 0 Comments

You can select up an previous antique piano for $400. I know, since I just marketed 1. But how do you know if it is worth acquiring at all? Will it be repairable and will it be Okay for your kid to learn on? You require to know what to appear for.

The wrest plank and tuning pins of my Moore & Moore upright piano all seemed superb. It was one particular of the very best I would ever witnessed in that regard–there was no proof of broken 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 indicators of cracks or other harm to the wrest plank. The sound board (the premier piece of wooden, powering the strings in the centre of the instrument) experienced no cracks possibly, and the strings all looked wonderful. The action (the moving elements) labored properly on all the notes, and the dampers stopped the sound of each notice when you lifted the important or lifted the damper pedal. There was a single missing plastic crucial, but that would be easy to exchange. Most outdated pianos would not seem so good on the inside.

Then, a pair of months afterwards I got a complaint from the very disappointed buyer:

“Hello Margaret. Soon after we had the piano shipped we acquired a piano tuner out and were actually disappointed…it was unable to be tuned…when the tuner experimented with to tighten the pins they would unwind straight absent and she explained it was no excellent at all…so we have employed a piano. When the fellas arrived out to produce the [new] piano they also mentioned “No, that is cactus…”

But the piano was in fact fairly tunable, and the inside workings ended up in very good condition. Eventually, following much more advice from me, the customer realised he’d found a extremely usable instrument.

The ability of the tuner is paramount to maintaining the strings and tuning pins ‘on pitch.’ When residing in the remote city of Karratha, I taught myself to tune a very old piano in considerably even worse problem than this. I also did some tunings on a couple of my students’ old pianos. In all circumstances it was quite challenging to hold them in tune for more than a number of minutes, partly because of to my very poor strategy with the tuning hammer (lever). Nonetheless, when a specialist tuner arrived to city he did a great occupation and the 3 rickety outdated pianos stayed nicely in tune for many months.

When a piano has not been tuned for some a long time it might demand a lot more than one particular tuning to ‘come up to pitch.’ It is unattainable to know how effectively this is going to pan out, you can only try it and see how a lot of tunings it wants. Piano transport london have tonnes of stress and you have to wait around for the stress to even out prior to carrying out an additional tuning. It can consider months ahead of the tuning settles.

When he acquired my Moore & Moore piano I told him it needed re-hydrating (it essential far more h2o or moisture in the wooden). If the wrest plank experienced dried out the pins would certainly be loose. In Karratha we re-hydrated all 3 previous pianos and it produced a Massive difference. The straightforward cure is to place a beaker of water within the piano at the bottom. The bigger, the far better, simply because individuals tend to fail to remember about them and they ultimately operate out of drinking water. It normally takes months to have an effect. This re-hydrating also appeared to resolve an action difficulty that two of our pianos experienced. Some tuners never like water beakers, they reckon they will result in issues with the action or rust the strings so skilled advice need to be sought from a specialist technician, but it worked nicely for us. There are commercially-accessible humidifiers/de-humidifiers specially created for pianos.

An additional inexpensive method to aid with the tuning is to hammer the pins into the wrest plank. It really is a regular remedy but there is a restrict to how considerably and how typically the pins can be hammered in. The pins on this aged piano looked like they’d never ever been hammered at all, so that was even now a practical option. It’s certainly a task for a expert piano technician, to avoid hurt to the pins or wrest plank.

A considerably much more costly method is to exchange the pins with more substantial pins (they come in distinct measurements), but it would be a huge enterprise and it would be cheaper to get an additional piano.

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