Welcome to the Counting to 100 Pianos series. I am blogging my way through my first 100 tunings. For previous pianos, check out these:
Tuning #9 was another new piano!
Piano: Baldwin Spinet
This particular piano was a spinet built in the 1970's. While Baldwin is a good name (according to the Blue Book of Pianos), the 70's weren't nice to instruments. The quality of instruments from the time isn't always the best. So if you are going to buy a piano, be careful with anything made in the 60's, 70's and 80's.
No firsts this time, just a funny note. Don't use a leaf blower outside while your technician is working inside and the windows are open. It makes the job a lot harder. Something about the hum of the leaf blower made it really hard to hear the vibrations of the strings and I had to ask the person to stop, at least until I finished.
I actually hear this piano every week because I teach lessons at this family's home. I enjoy this because I get to hear how well the tuning is holding and how the piano sounds each week. Sadly, I've noticed that the tuning didn't hold as well as I would have liked. There are several factors that could go into this- weather (I tuned it when it was unseasonably warm and just a week or two later the house was closed up with the heat on), the quality of the piano (some 70's spinets just don't have as tight of pin blocks as would be nice), or my tuning (I may not have "set" the pins well enough). I hope to rule out the last possibility next time I tune the piano.