Below are some examples that best illustrate the kind of piano tuning work done. You will see that the years of experience have left Dennis fully skilled at piano problem-solving and using his initiative to get the job done. For professional piano tuning, diagnostics and piano investigations, call Dennis at Abington Piano Services.
Dennis visited a customer who had recently moved to a new house. The beautiful Viennese concert grand piano had previously been standing in a relatively unused music room in a large country house with little heating. Now it was in a modern, centrally heated sitting room next to a radiator! When Dennis arrived, he found that the wooden parts of the piano had dried so much that it was almost impossible to tune it. We saved the piano just in time and it has been fine ever since. Had the piano been left any longer, it may not have survived. The main problem for older pianos in centrally heated homes is dryness. Pianos are damaged by hot, dry conditions. They also develop problems in conditions that are too damp. Try to maintain a humidity level between 40
One autumn Dennis was called by a regular customer who organised the tuning of the local church piano. He had tuned the piano many times before and it was a fine instrument. Now, however, many of the keys didn’t play and when pressed, stuck down. With a Harvest Festival service looming, what was to be done? On opening up the piano, the cause was immediately evident. Mice! Although not nesting in the piano, (they get in through the pedal holes), they had found lots of lovely felt and leather to nibble on and had left their droppings on the backs of the keys. The droppings had fallen between the keys causing them to block. The problem, although great, was not too serious and now all is well.
Dennis had tuned a piano for a new customer and drew her attention to the fact that it was not playing as well as it should. Many of the red-nosed tapes in the action were broken and playing the piano was difficult. After replacing the old tapes and regulating the piano action, the customer was amazed at the improvement and she is now able to play pieces that she thought were beyond her capabilities.
Dennis was telephoned by a new customer who had just bought an inexpensive, second-hand upright piano. But when they tried to play it the carpet below the keyboard was sprinkled with white dust. Why? The piano was riddled with woodworm!
Abington Piano Services was asked to tune a grand piano for a famous professional musical duo at a concert venue to raise money for charity. However, on arrival, Dennis found the sustain pedal was totally out of action. Dennis tuned the piano, which sounded gorgeous but what about the pedal? Well, with less than a few hours to go before the concert, time was running short. Dennis ensured that the piano worked perfectly for the concert, but he needed to return to do additional work later.