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Piano repairs – Attention to detail

Posted by on Dec 30th, 2009 and filed under Piano Repairs. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Have you recently had you piano repaired and something wasnt quite right? Well did you know that in South Africa there are over 100 piano tuners but only registered piano builders?

The passion that goes into piano playing—the swift movements of one’s fingers hovering over the keys, the way a pianist close their eyes to feel the music they’re producing—is the same passion that goes into restoring the instrument that makes it.

But who is passionate enough to spend time tinkering its innards and workings?  Who is competent enough to fix someone else’s piano, take it as his personal goal and make it work again as if it’s new and think it as his own achievement?

It’s hard to find a piano technician nowadays that has that kind of attitude—someone who has good craftsmanship.  But one of the things you should keep in mind is to find that person.  If your beloved piano has bugged down and needs some delicate attention, the first rule is to find the best doctor for it.  Ask friends who own a piano.  You can also inquire at your local music store if they know someone they can recommend.  You wouldn’t want to entrust your piano someone who might accidentally do irreperable damage instead of restoring it.

But what if it takes spending a king’s ransom to have it restored?  Would you think it practical to restore it or should you buy a new one?  The answer is, it depends on your preference.  Old pianos are made of seasoned wood and a lot of them have real ivory keys.   Some even have intricate designs you won’t find in modern day pianos.  They also appreciate in value and are considered a worthy investment.

Most of all, old pianos can be a great family heirloom.

If you think you cannot afford a full piano restoration right away, then you can choose to just refinish it and put it on sale.  That is, if you can easily discard the special memories attached to it.

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