Counting to 100: # 11

Welcome to the Counting to 100 Pianos series. I am blogging my way through my first 100 tunings. For previous pianos, check out these:

Piano: Otto Altenberg (Everette Piano Company)

Remember the first pitch raise I did? Well, here it is again, as tuning # 11. Usually technicians will encourage you to get your piano tuned at least 2 times a year. This is due to changing weather and humidity and it's effects on tuning. If the circumstances are right (or wrong, I suppose), you'll want to get the piano tuned more often. Since I did a pitch raise last time, I knew this piano would go out of tune more quickly than normal. So I scheduled a tuning four months later, instead of the usual six. I went in fully expecting to have to do another pitch raise. Much to my surprise, I actually did my fastest tuning yet! (Just under 2 hours!) I was really glad to see my pitch raise had done it's job the first time. 

Counting to 100: # 9

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.  

A New Year, A New Perspective

Remember my grand goals of 2014? I wrote about it here: Ready, Set, Tune! I'll summarize it for you- tune 25 pianos, buy an Accutuner, tune those 25 pianos again. I knew I was being ambitious, but I didn't know how ambitious until after this guy came (disclaimer: this is a recent photo). 

With teaching, accompanying, and a newborn, I just didn't have the drive to advertise and find 25 new clients.  When I chose the number 25, I didn't even stop to calculate how many tunings that would be per month for 9 months. I just picked a number that would get me to having enough money for a top of the line tuner. 

I obviously did not reach my goals. But I did do a number of tunings, and have a slowly (very slowly) growing client base. And I think that is ok. I'd still like to get an Accu Tuner as I think it could help me a lot in honing my skills. However, I've come to consider buying an older, refurbished model instead of the top of the line model. 

So as we enter 2015, here are my tuning goals.

My much more reasonable tuning goals:

Tune 2 pianos a month.

This may sound like a really low number, but I've come to realize that right now, that is about all I can manage. And that is ok with me. If I have more interest and wind up tuning more, wonderful! But this would be a great base number for me.

Select and purchase an Accu Tuner

I already have some money set aside for this from last year, so I definitely think this is an attainable goal this year. 

Get my Diploma from Randy Potter

I finished the course a year ago, really. But I have yet to get back all my paperwork. Some of this is my fault because I've never called about it. However, I'd really like to have all that tied up and done for good. 

That's it. No lofty plans, just reasonable ones that hopefully I will be able to keep to this time. 

If you'd like to help (ie: want your piano tuned), give me a call or email, and I'd be happy to make it happen!