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Friday, November 28, 2014

Old guy wearing S&S cap with wifey: What are they looking at?

a.  A guy who just appeared on stage asking: "Is there a piano tuner in the house?"

b. Two piano tuners having shown up are now arguing over who will tune the piano.

c. Bass string broke, shot across the stage, ricocheted off a cello and landed on the conductor's stand.

d. A "Shout House" performance.

e. Basketball game.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NY S&S never sounded as good. Superb!

NY Steinway & Sons rebuilt B ca 1940, by Piano Craft.

So you want to be a concert piano technician?

Listen to the cadenza from 4.47 noting especially 10.00 - 10.40 and
the finale from 29.13.

Is this a case of:

a. Pianist in a hurry and playing wrong notes?

b. Piano with unsatisfactory repetition and needs regulation?

c. Pianist exceeding piano capacity?

d. None of the above?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New duplex scale promises improvement in upper range sound and utility.

Patented "Fully Tempered Duplex Scale" published by World Intellectual Property Organization.

 "Disclosed below are representative embodiments of methods, systems, and apparatus for improving pianos and like musical instruments. For example, in certain embodiments, the improvements are in the structures of the piano (or like musical instruments) that affect the vibratory relationships between the struck string and other segments of said string..."

Read more of this amazing system from American Inventor Edward J. McMorrow:   Patented Fully Tempered Duplex Scale

Fazioli Factory Tour ファツィオリ工場ツア

The rare, innovative Fandrich piano.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Elderly Atlantic City Icon could lose His family home of 45 years to benefit a Bankrupt Casino

"Charlie’s house is not just a collection of bricks and mortar. It represents decades of memories and close ties to his family. Survivors of the Holocaust, who met in the Polish woods while hiding from the Nazis, his parents came to America after the war. The two were supportive of Charlie and his brother, who were child prodigy pianists. When Charlie was 13, he soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Two years later, he performed in an audition judged by Leonard Bernstein. Over the years, Charlie played at recitals all around the world and later mulled becoming a music professor. But performing in such a competitive field took its toll."

Read the full story in Forbes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Piano-tuning maestro.

Piano-tuning maestro Charles Ball has been hitting the high notes for 30 years as the head piano technician in the Butler School of Music. From an early age, Ball has been fascinated by the inner workings of pianos and had dreamed of one day working in music, with a fleet of fine instruments that he would prepare for concert performances.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fazioli F228 7'6" prepped for performance: Tuned aurally in Equal Temperament

Fazioli F228  7.6 prepped for performance by
 Bob Widding, piano technician,

Equal Temperament.

 Recorded before a live audience at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall,
University of Arkansas at Little Rock ca. 2000.

Air with Variations (Harmonious Blacksmith)
from Suite in E Major,
HG II/i/5
G. F. Handel
Julie Cheek, concert pianist

From the CD
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Recording engineer:
Grady Trimble

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