Welcome to the Counting to 100 Pianos series. I am blogging my way through tuning my first 100 pianos. For previous pianos, check out these:
Piano #5 was part of my summer tunings in Maine. We went to visit family and I decided to do some work while we were there to help fund our trip. So I contacted friends, who contacted friends, and soon I wound up with a waiting list of people wanting their piano tuned!
This piano was a Kawai upright was built sometime between 1990 and 1991, according to the Blue Book of Pianos. It was in very good shape and probably one of the the newest pianos I have tuned. It would have been even more fun if there hadn't been guys outside digging up the street directly in front of the house. Luckily they were done with their jackhammers before I arrived.
Every piano tuner carries at least one screwdriver with them in their case, and this is the first time I really needed mine. Some pianos- like this one- have a "practice pedal" for the middle pedal. The pedal can be pushed down and over to secure it underneath an cut out in the wood of the piano. It then stays down without having to keep a foot on it the whole time. The pedal is attached to a bar with felt hanging from it which moves inside the piano so that the extra felt is between the hammers and the strings effectively muting the sound. (Practice pedals are good for those times that you don't want to wake your neighbors up but not recommended for everyday practice.) In order to tune the piano, I had to take the bar with felt out of the piano so that I could reach the tuning pins and strings. This is where the screwdriver came in handy! I just had to make sure I kept track of the screws so that I could put it all back together in the end.
For more about the parts in a piano, check out this handy Visual Dictionary entry from Miriam Webster Online: Piano