When I first moved to Vancouver Island over 10 years ago, I had little idea of the differences between serving clients on the West Coast compared to the Prairies. The weather here on the coast was enough to get excited about. Here the temps rarely drop below freezing and the flowers will bloom as … [Read more...] about West Coast Tuning
Steinway, Bosendorfer, Fazioli, Schimmel, Bluthner, Bechstein... many of these piano makers of German or Italian origin, manufacture instruments valued as high as the cost of a house – 100s of thousands of dollars in some cases. Why can they command such a high price tag? Even their smaller pianos … [Read more...] about Who Makes the Best Piano?
“You must have perfect pitch.” I have heard those words many times from clients through the years. What is perfect pitch? Is it necessary to tune a piano? Where did the concept of pitch originate? Musical pitch is simply a designation of how high or low a sound is perceived to be. It may go … [Read more...] about Perfect Pitch
“Pianos weigh a tonne!” Anyone who has tried moving them would share those sentiments. In actuality, the largest concert grand piano will weigh in at about 900 lbs. or about half a tonne. So the smaller piano is much less. Starting at around 300 lbs., a small apartment-size piano can usually be … [Read more...] about Why Use a Professional Piano Mover
One of the common experiences with piano tuners is our interaction with the variety of furry, feathered or finned creatures that share a piano’s abode. I serviced a customer’s piano last week where the dear owner was the proud caretaker of a feathered friend named Filo. This beautiful … [Read more...] about Filo
Part 1 of this blog, mentioned finding a piano that has ‘good bones’ or in other words, is fundamentally a good piano but may be in need of some work. What else can you look for to help you make this determination? What will a qualified piano technician look for? Remember, even a new piano can be … [Read more...] about Buying a Piano-Part Two