July 16, 2018

When I come across pianos that have been kept in a garage or a storage unit for some time, they almost always have problems. Pianos kept in garages are exposed to massive changes in temperature and humidity, and many times are at the mercy of insects and rodents. In sh...

July 8, 2018

The first step is to clean the keys. For day to day cleaning, I usually recommend using a feather duster or a slightly damp cloth to remove the dust or grime on the keys.

July 3, 2018

In high-quality grand pianos, the middle pedal - the sostenuto - will keep the dampers raised on any note currently being played when the pedal is depressed. This is especially useful when the music calls for a note or chord to be sustained (usually in the bass) while...

August 29, 2017

A short while ago, we shared with you our work on a 1917 Steinway Model M that we were working on restoring. And now, the work is done! We've cleaned the soundboard, replaced all the strings and tuning pins, replaced most of the felt pieces throughout the piano, reshap...

July 12, 2017

Today we are beginning the journey of partially restoring a Steinway Model M baby grand piano manufactured in 1917. The piano has run in the owner's family since the 1940s but hasn't been played very much. I am going to be partially restoring this instrument - installi...

March 28, 2017

So what does a piano technician do? The typical piano has over 9,000 different individual parts. It's actually as complicated as an automobile! Piano technicians are like musical mechanics, making sure every part of the whole piano's "engine" (the action) is working pe...

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