Counting to 100: #19

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 # 19 was another new piano! (Good thing, you might get tired of reading about the same pianos over and over). 

This piano was another Baldwin Acrosonic drop action piano. When you look inside a piano, usually the keys reach all the way back to the action (hammers and working parts inside the piano) and that action is all ABOVE the keys. On a drop action piano (or spinet) the action is dropped down inside the piano so it is all below and behind the keys. This is how they are able to make the piano shorter. For the average pianist, this isn't going to make a huge difference. The strings are shorter since there is only so much space for them to go, and this will affect the overall sound, but you may never notice if this is all you are used to hearing. The problems come when something needs to be fixed inside the piano. It is incredibly hard to fix something you can't see because everything is stuffed down in behind the keys.

 You'll find a lot of the these pianos because they were well made so they last pretty well. This one was built between 1958 and 1959. They are also pretty common because they fit well in homes with their short stature. My beef with them however is that dropped action. I am dreading the day I will have to take one apart. 

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.