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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Comedy: Lum decides to become a piano tuner!

Lum and Abner, an American radio comedy which aired as a network program from 1932 to 1954, became an American institution in its low-keyed, arch rural wit. One of a series of 15-minute serial!

Enjoy listening!  Lum decides to become a piano tuner

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tuning a piano by ear. There is no better way.

"Why does Jurgen tune pianos by ear?  Simply put, because he can. Tuning aurally (by ear) is the time-honoured way to tune pianos.  Aural tuning involves listening closely to the individual strings, the unisons, and intervals such as octaves, thirds, fourths, fifths etc.  The piano is a polyphonic instrument, meaning that numerous notes are made to sound simultaneously.  All these simultaneous notes interact and have to blend in specific ways to create lush tone colours and dynamics.  In an aural tuning, these intervals are used to dial in the perfect pitch of every note, according to how it sounds in conjunction with others.  For Jurgen, it makes little sense to tune individual notes outside of a musical context with each other, which is what an electronic tuner does. While it is possible to achieve a good tuning with modern high-tech aids, all too often the 'black box' machines are used as crutches by those who did not benefit from the extensive training required to learn the skill set required for aural tuning. In the end, the human ear must be the final judge, so why not let ear direct the process from the start? Most of my distinguishing clients – professional musicians and teachers – appreciate the method and care I use to tune their instrument and prefer my work because I tune aurally."

Excerpt from:

Piano Forte Service and Piano Tuning

Friday, June 20, 2014

What is a test blow?

This is a problem of terminology. For many people, "test blow" means something quite brutal. It should mean a sharp, staccato blow at FF to FFF, musically speaking. This does not mean with all the force your body is capable of, it means about the loudest the note will be played in a musical context. A large number of steady F blows will show stability (or lack thereof) very well, so there is no need for the higher volume and force, except in circumstances where there is a bunch of friction and you know you have turned the pin enough for pitch to change, and it hasn't."

-Excerpt from Fred Sturm, RPT, in the PTG Discussion Digest

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A great advertising opportunity for piano dealers!

Piano Dealers in Canada, UK, & Australia:

Over the years we've had a number of inquiries from piano dealers (and tuners, teachers, etc.)from outside the U.S. about advertising on Piano World.

Now You Can!

We've been hard at work updating our Ad Management System to support ads from other countries. We started with Canada, UK, and Australia, although technically we should be able to support ads from any country.

Right now we're looking for a Piano Dealer from each country listed above to try our system and give us feedback in return for 90 days of free advertising (no strings attached).

If you are interested, please email me subject line: Dealer Ad Test.

Below I've included some stats for Piano World for an average 12 month period.
I suspect as we increase the ads from other countries our visits from these countries will go up.

Unique Visitors to Piano World Over 12 Months

1 United States 5,186,954
2 United Kingdom 757,738
3 Canada 570,021
4 Australia 332,289
5 Germany 168,241
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Congratulation Paolo! You've come a long way in 35 years!


Five of six finalists choose the Fazioli at the 14th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition!


 First, second and third place all go to pianists on the Fazioli!

Paolo Fazioli at the distributor's showroom, N. Little Rock Arkansas ca.1999

Steinway (Hamburg) Concert Piano Tech: "...we do not use [ETD's] at all..."

Comments starting at about 3.01.00 and 3.26.00

The 2014 Rubinstein competition

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Is this the most powerful man in classical music?