Finely Tuned Pianos

Professional Tuning & Repair

Author: Larry Rhode (page 1 of 2)

How do I schedule an appointment and what information do I need to provide?

Scheduling an appointment to have your piano tuned or serviced has never been easier. If you’d like to do things the old-fashioned way, simply call and we can get you scheduled. If I am currently busy however, you may have to leave a message. I will promptly return your call.

If you’re internet savvy and looking for a more convenient way to get scheduled, Finely Tuned Pianos now has the ability to allow you to schedule yourself for your piano’s tuning or service call. Just click the online scheduling link provided below and the online scheduler will walk you through all the questions that will provide the information needed to book the appointment.

Online Self Scheduling

Whether you are calling or scheduling online, the information that we request to complete the booking would include the following:

  • Your full name
  • The address where the piano is located and will be serviced
  • Phone number (Preferably a mobile phone number as this allows for text message appointment confirmations and reminders)
  • E-mail address (This is also used for appointment confirmation, reminders, paperless invoicing and paid receipts)

The above information is required to complete the appointment booking. The following information is optional. It is not necessary to complete the booking, but does help me get an idea of the scope of the work that may be needed to properly address your piano’s needs.

  • Type of piano to be serviced (Grand, upright, spinet, etc.)
  • Brand name of the piano (usually found on the fallboard or key cover)
  • Approximate age of the piano
  • Length of time since last tuning or servicing
  • Any known issues that will need to be addressed (sticky keys, non-working pedals, notes that don’t sound, etc.)

Thank you for considering Finely Tuned Pianos for your piano’s service needs. I look forward to meeting you and your piano.

A Painted Kimball Consolette

A very well done painted and reupholstered spinet piano.

A very well done painted and reupholstered spinet piano.

Many times, when we see a painted piano, it is very poorly executed, often ruining the beautiful wood finish. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well done the previous owner of this piano had done with the paint and reupholstering. The new knobs were also a nice touch. The current owners really lucked out that this piano matched their decor AND was still a nicely playable piano.

Antique Kranich & Bach

Antique Kranich & Bach

This antique Kranich & Bach would make an interesting project piano. I especially love the fold-down music desk design. This piano was seen in a thrift store in Durham, NC. I have a special affinity for these old uprights. I wish I could save them all.

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1909 Conover Upright Grand

This antique beauty was found abandoned in a foreclosed home. What a lucky find!

This antique beauty was found abandoned in a foreclosed home. What a lucky find!

I had the pleasure of tuning this beautiful antique Conover piano. This piano had a brass flange rail. Many of the brass flanges had split and broken, causing the hammers to wobble in place. While the exterior case of this piano is in great condition for its age, the interior action is in need of refreshing. I’m recommending all new felts, buckskin and new graphite on the repetition jacks to eliminate clicking and a loose, sloppy action. Otherwise, this piano was a great find. The customer found this piano abandoned in a foreclosed home. What luck!

A New Project Piano

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I recently found this beautiful antique upright piano that I’ve decided to take on as a personal rebuild project. This Mason & Hamlin upright was built in 1892. It is a relatively rare piano because of the way it is tuned. Modern pianos are typically built with steel tuning pins driven into laminated layers of wood. The tight grip of the wood on the pin creates the tension needed to keep the piano in tune. This antique piano I found has a screw mechanism instead of the typical wood pinblock.

This type of tuning system was an invention of the Mason & Hamlin piano company and, at the time, was considered by many to be superior to the pinblock method. These type of pianos have been known to hold their pitch for years, as opposed to months with the more traditional tuning system. Unfortunately, the screw stringing system was abandoned after resistance from the buying public.

I look forward to beginning this rebuild project and learning about this amazing type of tuning system that appeared to be far ahead of its time. Check back often for progress updates on this beautiful antique.

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