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Richard Glaser was scrolling through a Facebook group for his neighborhood in Rochester, N.Y., when he came across a photo of a crosswalk in California made to look like a piano keyboard. Under it was a note: “Why don’t we have this?”
3rd generation piano tuner Seth Winter writes a fascinating account of piano tuning as a career.
“So what do you do?”
Everyone gets that question, but the reaction to “I tune pianos” is nearly unanimous: “Oh no kidding! A piano tuner!” People are gobsmacked this is still a job. But they’re always curious about what I do, if I do it by ear, how I got into the field, etc. Many friends have suggested I write about the lost art of piano tuning. And there’s plenty to write about. In fact, there’s an untold 200 years of piano service, plus a glimpse into how the business looks now. I’ll do my best to share what I know about this unique — although household — profession.
High quality piano mover for continental United States. Full service, door-to-door.
The Piano Technicians Guild is the leading international organization for the betterment and education of piano tuners and piano technicians throughout the world. They continuously run conventions, both regionally and nationally in the USA. The conventions feature classes for learning for new and established technicians in all phases of the piano industry. There are also displays of the products, tools, education materials, etc. that are wonderful for the piano technicians. Anyone interested in pianos will find a wealth of information here. Take a look.
Making sure young brains get the benefits of music training.
A music program for city kids works with a neurobiologist to study the brain on music.
Dampp-Chaser, the leading manufacturer of Humidity Control Systems for pianos. Their systems are wonderful, they work, and they also care very much about their customers.
Another excellent company with quality products that are priced competitively features player pianos, as well as other accessories for automated pianos. In addition, they produce a modestly priced line of pianos known as Story & Clark, and still produce rolls for older player pianos with the roll systems. Anyone in the market for music on rolls, a player piano, or retro fitting a player system to your existing piano may be able to find something affordable with QRS Music Technologies. Of course, Rich Goldberg Piano Tuning would be happy to offer assistance as well as installation and service for any existing systems.
Mason & Hamlin pianos are some of the finest pianos made in the world. They are owned by PianoDisc (see below), and have made some really classic pianos, both in sound and construction. They are known for their patented "tension resonator" system, which helps keep the body of the piano stay the way it was made. There is very little shape change in a Mason & Hamlin piano. Wonderful instruments!
Steinway is a world class organization, having built some of the world's greatest pianos for more than 125 years. Their name is synonymous with excellent quality, workmanship and service. Famous as the choice of many symphony orchestras, opera houses, theaters and many artists. Highly thought of by the piano industry and continues to manufacture and service to the high standards of the founders.
Yamaha is a great organization, one that pursues excellence in products, and demands excellence from their employees and associates. They have a broad line of pianos, and computer players (Disklavier), as well as electric pianos known as Clavinova Digital pianos.
The Shelest Piano Duo, Anna and Dmitri Shelest, perform a selection from their latest CD, Tutti, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, Pathétique III. Allegro molto vivace arranged for piano four hands by the composer. The performance was recorded on a Yamaha CF6 Concert Piano at Faust Harrison Pianos in New York City.
PianoDisc is a wonderful company that has manufactured extremely high quality computer players that are aftermarket systems for pianos. The systems are many, have been improved over and over throughout the years, and quality is never a question – always high!
AP Music Group is a 24/7 music production business owned by my good friend Joe Vulpis. It includes AP Music Recording Studio, located in Englewood, New Jersey, where I recorded several tracks for my CD, ECLECTICITY.
Located at The University of South Dakota, the National Music Museum features an unusual and extensive collection of antique keyboard instruments. The ingenuity and variety of their designs is amazing. You will be impressed by the superb artistry and craftsmanship on display here, especially considering the fact that these beautiful instruments were designed and built entirely by hand. If, after touring the website, you decide that you would like to visit the National Music Museum in person, you will find it in Vermillion, South Dakota. Contact information, driving directions, frequently asked questions, and hours of operation are available on the website.
In Sacile, Italy, 60 km (35 miles) north-east of Venice, Fazioli hand-manufactures some of the world's most beautiful and costly pianos to precise specifications. There are many options available, including custom inlays with any photo of the buyer's choosing. Just reviewing this website will give the piano enthusiast the feeling of "I want one of them, too!"
Another world-renowned piano manufacturer, with some of the most recognizable instruments and styles ever produced in this or any other era. Used by many professionals in both concert and studio venues. Known for their wonderful sound, strength and quality.
Want to learn how to play piano? With professional piano lessons and piano instruction, you can teach yourself piano easily.
Scott Brothers Duo (Jonathan & Tom Scott) perform the Galop from The William Tell Overture arranged for piano duet by Gottschalk. Taken from their CD "Duets For Piano."
Billy Joel performs "Piano Man" with Kevin Spacey, Boyz II Men, Natalie Maines, Josh Groban, Gavin DeGraw, Tony Bennett, LeAnn Rimes and Michael Feinstein during the ceremony where he was honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on November 19, 2014 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The show premiered January 2, 2015 on PBS.
From New York City's WQXR comes this report on the world's oldest surviving piano, a 1720 model built by Bartolomeo Cristofori and housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This is the real cat's meow.