Piano Tuning: A balanced aural approach with fine tuning and voicing.
A computerized Accu-tuner is used for concerto work and historical tunings for Early Romantic music.
Piano Voicing: A synergistic approach using needles, filing, and building piano hammers with lacquer and acetone/keytop solutions is used to ensure even voicing across the piano register. All differing piano hammer type(s) are voiced to the style of piano hammer produced.
Piano Regulation: A systematic procedure is used to insure that all parts are regulated to factory specifications or better. Actions are inspected on a regular basis for normal wear and regulated when appropriate.
Rebuilding Piano Actions: All piano actions are properly mated to historically accurate parts. After computer analysis of action ratios, all parts and hammers are weighed for uniformity. Then, the piano hammers are weighed from heaviest to lightest and charted to a tolerance of 0.20 of a gram. The rebuilt piano is then weighed-off for an optimal 50 gram downweight (DW) and a 20+ gram upweight (UW). Inertia issues are addressed during analysis.
Piano Tone: Piano hammers are chosen for the type of instrument and soundboard system. As of 2008, there are now more options for tone production. The reintroduced Weickert felt from Wurzen is perfect for recreating the tonal palate of the the early 20th century.
Piano Soundboards & Bridges: Choice Sikta spruce is used for soundboard panels and ribstock. Sitka gives a bright vibrant sound and can easliy be mated to several types of piano hammers. All bridges & bridgecaps are made from 1/4 sawn hard rock maple. Hard Rock maple is used predominantly in historical and modern day instruments.
Consulting: Alll facets of piano procurement, appraisals, room evaluations, damage assessment and estimates are offered. Please call for prices.
Institutional Grand Piano Service - Phase I
Applies to instruments 2 years or older
Adjusts all parameters back to Factory Specifications
Clean Instrument Interior, Tighten Plate and Pinblock
Lubricate Pedal System and Adjust
Bed Keyframe, Level Keys, and Set Key Depth
Level Hammer Line and File Hammers. Voice if Necessary
Regulate Piano Action to include: Repetitions, Let-off, Drop, and Backchecks
Regulate Damper System
Piano actions are made of wood, felt, and leather. These natural materials move and change while a piano is being used. Phase I Service compensates for these changes and ensures that the piano action has a longer service life, the player has consistent control with the ability to produce power, and the tone of the piano is clear and projects into the room.
Phase I Service also includes an itemized list of the piano's parts and their expectant life. This list takes into account the piano's use and gives the institution a long-range view of service and budget requirements.
Required Service Time: Depending on Condition, 1-3 working days at the piano.
A quiet environment is required for working on the instrument.
Cost: $675 per day with additional fees for travel