Piano repair advice

Strings break; hammers break; parts wear out.   Nothing is more frustrating than pushing a key down  and hearing a thump instead of a beautiful tone, or two pitches instead of one, or having a key stay down instead of coming up again to meet your finger for the next note.  All of these things indicate that something inside your piano is either broken or has another problem that needs fixing.

Also, your piano must be in good repair in order for the a technician to tune or regulate it properly, and for you to play it without frustration.    Oftentimes  I have gone to tune for someone who has recently acquired and old piano, usually free.  When I arrive at their home, however, instead of being able to tune for them, I may end up using the time I have allotted for that tuning just getting the piano in good enough repair so I can tune it.

Before you call your technician for a tuning, it is a good idea take note of things that are not working right in your instrument, and then tell your tuner about them when you call.  When I have an idea what to expect. I can plan extra time for repairs.  That way it is more likely that you will have neither the let-down of thinking your piano is going to be tuned and then it isn‘t , nor the frustration of having to reschedule instead.

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