Common Field To Repair A Piano | Locating and Fixing a Problem With Your Piano |

  • Tuning:

  • All pianos go out of tune. Expansion and contraction of the soundboard caused by changes in climate and humidity is the biggest culprit. Other reasons could be moving, excessive banging on the keys (those are *hammers* hitting the strings, after all!) or placement too close to a heating vent. Pianos tuned with electronic devices or strobes will often sound "off" compared to a tuning performed by a skilled "ear" tuning. Nick prides himself on the musicality and durability of the 100% aural tunings he performs.

 

  • Repair

  • Common problems include sticky keys, broken hammers, strings, sqeaky pedals, broken case parts, ringing strings or cracks in the soundboard/ bridges. Extensive field and shop work means Nick is capable of diagnosing and performing all manner of repairs. Many common small repairs come free of charge with a tuning.
  • stretched string vibrates in different modes, or harmonics. When a piano string vibrates, all the harmonic modes are excited simultaneously. The first harmonic (or fundamental frequency) is usually the loudest, and determines the pitch that is perceived. Theoretically the higher harmonics (also called overtones or partials) vibrate at integer multiples of the fundamental frequency. (e.g. a string with a fundamental frequency of 100 Hz would have overtones at 200 Hz, 300 Hz, 400 Hz, etc.) In reality, the frequencies of the overtones are shifted up slightly, due to inharmonicity caused by the stiffness of the strings.
  • Regulation

  • Over the life of a piano, certain parts wear out, the strings cut grooves in the hammers, felt compacts, keys get wobbly, screws loosen, hammers no longer hit the strings squarely, and the result is loss of tone and control. Regulation restores these parts (replacing them if necessary) so the piano functions on a high level, producing the best possible sound and feel. Regulation gives the performer greater control over the touch, and therefore the sound of the piano.  
  • Voicing

  • Voicing is the adjustment of a piano's tone or quality of sound. Voicing can change its tonal personality from mellow to bright or robust to delicate. The degree of change possible depends upon the piano's design and condition. Voicing also evens out the tone of individual notes or a section of notes, blending any that stick out, or bringing up any that are drowned out. One overlooked aspect of voicing: the tone of a piano is affected by the tuning, regulation, as well as the wear on the hammers. So all of the above will affect the "voice" of the piano, however voicing in the narrowest sense involves careful preparation of the hammers, to even out the tone and give the performer the broadest tonal palate possible.

 

  • This course will take you from the very basics and show you how to tune a piano, where to put the mutes, what notes to tune in what order, etc.
  • It will also teach you the tricks needed to make tuning a piano as easy as possible. Tuning can be a very stressful and difficult skill to learn, but it doesn't have to be. With this course you will learn what to listen for when tuning, how to make fine adjustments, how to keep the pitch stable, etc.

  • The Piano School is the India centre of excellence for piano tuning, restoration and repair, designed for those who wish to work in the piano industry as a tuner or technician. This 2 year course is designed to prepare successful learners with the skills needed to join the piano trade. It develops skills, techniques and understanding to a level based on commercial standards of quality and time.
  • This course builds on the basic level 2 course and covers more advanced aspects of piano tuning on both Digital Piano & Manual Piano. It also includes everything from minor maintenance tasks typically performed on a customer's piano, to full workshop restoration and refurbishment.
  • The course is workshop based and is involves demonstrations becoming more self directed as concepts and techniques are practised. Main elements include: upright and grand piano fine tuning, restringing, action (hammer mechanism) overhaul of upright and grand pianos, setting up and regulating, case restoration and polishing. This level includes the study of acoustics and prepares students for employment or self employment by introducing basic business planning and practices.