Piano Fix & Tuning – What to Appear For in a Secondhand Piano (Tuning Pins, Cracked Wrest Planks)
You can select up an previous antique piano for $four hundred. I know, simply because I just bought one. But how do you know if it really is value buying at all? Will it be repairable and will it be Ok for your youngster to discover on? You need to know what to seem for.
The wrest plank and tuning pins of my Moore & Moore upright piano all appeared exceptional. It was a single of the very best I might ever noticed in that respect–there was no proof of destroyed or abused pins, they all looked original, none experienced been hammered in, none experienced marks on them, they have been not bent and there were no symptoms of cracks or other damage to the wrest plank. The audio board (the biggest piece of wood, behind the strings in the centre of the instrument) experienced no cracks either, and the strings all appeared wonderful. The motion (the moving areas) worked nicely on all the notes, and the dampers stopped the audio of every notice when you lifted the crucial or elevated the damper pedal. There was 1 lacking plastic key, but that would be effortless to change. Most outdated pianos would not look so great on the inside of.
Then, a few of months later on I received a criticism from the really disappointed purchaser:
“Hello Margaret. Right after we had the piano sent we obtained a piano tuner out and ended up actually let down…it was unable to be tuned…when the tuner attempted to tighten the pins they would unwind straight absent and she stated it was no great at all…so we have hired a piano. When the men came out to supply the [new] piano they also mentioned “No, that is cactus…”
But the piano was actually quite tunable, and the within workings had been in very good condition. Sooner or later, right after far more advice from me, the purchaser realised he’d located a extremely usable instrument.
The skill of the tuner is paramount to keeping the strings and tuning pins ‘on pitch.’ When living in the distant town of Karratha, I taught myself to tune a really outdated piano in significantly worse problem than this. I also did some tunings on a pair of my students’ previous pianos. In Piano moving services and storage London was really tough to preserve them in tune for much more than a couple of minutes, partly thanks to my poor strategy with the tuning hammer (lever). Even so, when a expert tuner arrived to town he did a marvelous task and the a few rickety outdated pianos stayed nicely in tune for several months.
When a piano has not been tuned for some many years it may possibly call for far more than one tuning to ‘come up to pitch.’ It is extremely hard to know how well this is heading to pan out, you can only attempt it and see how several tunings it demands. The strings have tonnes of rigidity and you have to hold out for the rigidity to even out ahead of doing yet another tuning. It can consider months before the tuning settles.
When he bought my Moore & Moore piano I advised him it necessary re-hydrating (it necessary much more h2o or moisture in the wooden). If the wrest plank had dried out the pins would undoubtedly be loose. In Karratha we re-hydrated all a few outdated pianos and it manufactured a Huge big difference. The straightforward heal is to spot a beaker of drinking water within the piano at the base. The larger, the much better, simply because men and women have a tendency to fail to remember about them and they sooner or later run out of water. It takes months to have an effect. This re-hydrating also appeared to correct an motion difficulty that two of our pianos experienced. Some tuners do not like h2o beakers, they reckon they will cause difficulties with the action or rust the strings so skilled advice ought to be sought from a expert technician, but it worked well for us. There are commercially-obtainable humidifiers/de-humidifiers specifically produced for pianos.
Yet another low-cost strategy to assist with the tuning is to hammer the pins into the wrest plank. It is a normal solution but there is certainly a limit to how significantly and how often the pins can be hammered in. The pins on this previous piano looked like they’d in no way been hammered at all, so that was nevertheless a practical option. It’s definitely a task for a expert piano technician, to avoid hurt to the pins or wrest plank.
A a lot much more expensive approach is to substitute the pins with larger pins (they come in distinct dimensions), but it would be a massive endeavor and it would be less costly to get an additional piano.