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Friday, February 28, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

So, you want to be a piano technician (4): Happy with your first tuning?

"I once noted that if you are happy with the way you tuned a piano for the first time, you probably have no talent for the business."
Semipro Tech  in Piano World Forums

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

An independent piano technician


To: Concerned Pianist

From: The Old Piano Tech Rest Home

Subject: To rebuild or to buy new.

For good counsel, locate and secure the services of a full-time, qualified, independent piano technician with absolutely no remunerative interest in who you buy from - whose sole desire is in extending to you the benefit of a sterling reputation for honesty, quality and acumen earned over many years of faithful service to the music community.

It won't be easy. Some may say it's impossible. It isn't. Just remember: "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."- Napoleon Hill

Have a good day.

For more information:
Locating a qualified piano technician 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

So, you want to be a piano technician (3): Can you hear the beats?

In this video, I test John's hearing to see if he will be able to hear the beats that tuners use to tune pianos. In the process we talk about the harmonic series, co-incidental partials, equal temperament, octave sizes, and the bad tunings found on digital pianos.

Presented by Mark Cerisano

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Quotables: Rachmaninoff.

“The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. They have not the capacity to make their works exalt - they meditate, protest, analyze, reason, calculate and brood, but they do not exalt.”  ― Sergei Rachmaninoff

How a Baldwin Grand Piano became a permanent part of The White House Collection.

During the Clinton years in Arkansas, the Little Rock Baldwin dealer worked with the governor to place a Baldwin M in the Governor's Mansion. The project was a success and the new instrument became a permanent part of the Mansion collection being placed on the first floor in a sitting room to the left of the main entrance foyer.

                                            Baldwin M at the Governor's Mansion. Open to the public by appointment.

After the Clintons arrived in Washington, it was the aim of the Little Rock Baldwin dealer to place a Baldwin grand piano in the White House. The goal was to sell an SD10 and afford it equal status to the "Eagle" Steinway.  When the sale closed, the dealer was to fly to Washington and present the piano to the White House.

When Baldwin caught wind of the plan much of this changed. The dealer who had worked so hard to bring this to fruition was sidelined. Ultimately, Corporate made the presentation to the Clintons, not of an SD10, but a donated R226;  not with equal status to the Steinway, but in a private room in the White House residence.

Needless to say we were all disappointed. 

Today, the Baldwin 226 R remains on the third floor of the White House residence in the Central Hall -  a permanent part of the collection.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Vintage Piano Technician's tool?

PTG Tuning Examiner offers tips on passing the RPT tuning exam. Part 3.

Bill Bremmer, RPT. 

Part 1

Part 2

So, you want to be a piano technician (2): Can you hear the hear the partials?

Using piano, guitar, and voice, Mark Cerisano describes the harmonic series using musical and scientific terms. The harmonic series, as well as equal temperament, co-incidental partials and check notes, are critical to know in order to understand some of the aural piano tuning techniques that students learn in order to tune a piano by ear.

See for more videos and articles.

 Demonstrated by Mark Cerisano, RPT, B.Sc.(Mech.Eng.), Dip.Ed.(Music)