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How to Choose a Piano That’s Right for You

Choosing a piano for you and your family is a big decision. You will not get the same experience from every piano, so it is important to do a little research before making a purchase. So, what are some things you should consider?

SPACE and DÉCOR

It may seem odd to think of a piano as a piece of furniture,

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Identify and Care for your piano parts and wood types

Seeing the woods for the trees: identify and care for your piano parts

Seeing the woods for the trees

We posted a blog earlier last year about the numerous different wood types used in various aspects and stages of piano making, including the pinblock, soundboard and action mechanism – and,

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Give Your Child the Gift of Music

Music heals the mind, body and soul. In our current, broken world, the need for music may never have been so important. Scientific study after study have shown that the power of music stretches far past just generating the impulse to dance. Soothing classical music has been proven to reduce blood pressure,

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7 Undeniable Reasons People Love the Piano

In the world of musical instruments, the piano is king. No instrument (with maybe the exception of the human voice) has had more impact on western music than thePiano of luxury piano. Invented early in the 18th century by Bartolomeo Christofori, the piano eventually worked its way into nearly every household by the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

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Yamaha TransAcoustic Pianos

TransAcoustic Piano

Yamaha TransAcoustic Piano

First and foremost, all TransAcoustic pianos are acoustic pianos.  TransAcoustic pianos have resonance and resounding reverberation produced by the superbly-crafted, high-quality soundboard.

By incorporating the touch and tone of a Yamaha acoustic piano with the all new TransAcoustic technology, these pianos inspires a new level of creativity and emotional expression.

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Wood quality and types used in piano manufacturing

Wood quality and types used in piano manufacturing

Lumber Mill

One of the many factors in evaluating a piano and a primary one at that is the quality of the wood in which it is built. Many different types of wood are used in a piano for various parts.

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International Piano Institute

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THE PIANO TECHNICIANS GUILD
4444 FOREST AVE.
KANSAS CITY, KS 66106
PHONE: (913) 432-9975

JULY, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AREA REGISTERED PIANO TECHNICIAN PARTICIPATES IN INTERNATIONAL PIANO INSTITUTE

ATLANTA

Shane Owenby, RPT*, of Piano Emporium was among nearly 500 attendees,

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Guide to the benefits of music lessons.

Benefits of music participation

  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Goal Setting
  • Self-Expression
  • Coordination
  • Memory Skills
  • Self-Confidence & Esteem
  • Concentration
  • Poise

Always encourage and compliment music students. Expose music students to a wide variety of music.

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Ricca

Ricca, or Ricca & Son was established in 1891 by H.F. Ricca and E.I. Ricca, at 604 East 132 St. and 884 East 134th St., New York. By the mid 20’s the offices and factory was located at 97-99 Southern Blvd., New York. They bought the Ludwig PIano Company around 1933.

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Clavinova features are an excellent choice for many musicians

The latest Clavinova digital pianos from Yamaha are able to reproduce the feeling of playing a grand piano better than ever before. Here are some of the many features offered on these fabulous instruments:

  • 88 full sized keys – some are even made of real wood
  • 3 completely functional pedals
  • Full size cabinet with key covers and large selection of finish choices
  • Tone of a real 9-foot Yamaha concert grand
  • Touch and feel of an acoustic grand piano with the same repetition capabilities
  • Easy to move
  • No maintenance
  • Many play along and recording capabilities built in
  • Internet Direct Connection
  • 5 year warranty

These are just a few of the many features these wonderful instruments have to offer.

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Used pianos and tuning stability

One of the first things to consider about any used piano is tuning stability. Ask these questions; Can the piano be tuned? Will the piano hold its tune?

One major factor in the answer is the Pinblock.
• A pinblock is the part of the piano that holds the tuning pins.

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Polyester piano finishes

Polyester is the most recent material to be used on pianos. It is a product of modern chemical technology that provides the highest degree of beauty and protection available. Polyester is a very stable product and weather changes have no effect on its size. Therefore, applying a stable finish to a constantly changing surface invites trouble.

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PIano Emporium, now on Thumbtack

We now have a piano tuning in Asheville service listing on Thumbtack. I’m always looking for ways to help market my piano moving, repair and tuning services. Thumbtack is a good way for me to help me show off my expertise in providing professional, very affordable piano moving,

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Voicing – Tone Regulating

Voicing is an altering of the tone quality within each note throughout the piano by adjusting the tension of the hammer felt.  This is achieved by using needles to make the felt more pliable or tense depending on the desired result.  Other means of changing the tonal response of a hammer include adding chemicals to the felt to achieve similar effects. 

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How to give a preliminary check when shopping for a used piano

1. Try all the pedals. Listen for squeaks and noises.

2. Play all notes throughout the keyboard.  Make sure they sound and return correctly.

3. Look inside the piano.  Look for worn or broken parts.  Ask questions about the history of the piano and whether or not is has been maintained regularly.

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The piano soundboard

Piano soundboards are thin boards commonly made of spruce approximately 3/8″ thick glued together and extend from the bottom of the piano on a vertical, and tail of the piano on a grand, to the pin-block and then across the full width of the piano. The soundboard has a crown which is very important to the tone and resonance of the piano.

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Player pianos

A player piano is a regular upright or grand that plays itself but can also be played normally by any individual. On uprights, the case is usually larger to accommodate the player mechanism. Older player pianos are controlled by pneumatics and newer player pianos are controlled by electronics.

A reproducing piano has an additional element of being able to add musical expression to the performance.

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Piano size

Piano size greatly influences the musical tone and potential of the piano. The larger area for soundboard and string length the better. Lengths, for grands, and heights, for uprights, in general are:

Concert grand 8′-9′

Medium grand 6′-8′

Small grand 4.5′ – 6′

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A Piano Bar

An unusual encounter today, as I looked at my schedule to notice that there was a piano to tune that the customer stated was an “English piano” and that it was also a “Piano Bar”. I thought I would arrive to find something that was not even serviceable but to my surprise was quite interesting.

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Piano serial numbers

We are often asked to give a particular pianos age and most of the time it is based on finding a serial number so that we can cross reference with the date of manufacture.  Many piano manufacturers placed serial numbers in a variety of places.  Pianos also have other numbers printed on them such as part numbers and many other pianos do not have a serial number at all.

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How to clean piano keys

There are many types of piano key covering materials that have been used through the years.  Ivory, celluloid, plastic, walrus and even wooly mammoth to name a few. There are also many glues used in adhesion.  These glues can be unpredictable when used with chemical cleaners. It is best to stay clear of using any type of chemical cleaner to clean piano keys.

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Purchasing used pianos

Many potential piano buyers believe they can obtain good quality used pianos for little or nothing.  Most often they are very misinformed.  Be cautious of free or almost free pianos.  There is almost always repair work that needs to be done. There is high demand for good used pianos and many pianos are for sale by private parties. 

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Care of the Piano Finish

It is often difficult for the average piano owner to determine what type of wood finish was originally applied to his or her own piano. Many types of varnish, lacquer & other material have been used in the past. Setting up definitive rules in cleaning and polishing of all types pianos would be difficult. 

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Grand Piano Company of Morganton, NC

Worked on a Grand Piano Company console today.  The company was established in 1961 at Morganton, NC. The piano was a console but seemed very much like a spinet. The difference was that the action dropped below the main level of the key bed like a spinet but the keys were angled to drop below the action as well. 

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Cast Iron, the best material for the piano’s plate.

The piano plate, sometimes called the frame or harp, is typically made from cast iron due to its high compression strength.  The strings of the piano are attached to the plate in conjunction with the wooden frame and soundboard, and which the tension of the strings are supported. Many piano manufacturer’s use the O.S.

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