"May I Tune the Piano For You?"
By John A. Tuttle
|Just like beauty being in the eye of the beholder, good music is in the ear of the listener, and we're _all_ different. Just yesterday I repaired the player in a 30-year-old Aeolian that hadn't been tuned in more than 15 years -- it sounded really bad. After completing the repairs, I asked if I could tune the piano. The lady said, "No, we're moving away soon."|
I explained the need for tuning but I didn't argue, and I finished putting the player unit back together. Shortly after the music started playing I looked at the lady and she was crying!
She sniffled through her tears, "The piano hasn't sounded this good in many years. You did a really nice job. Thank you!"
...?? ... _You_ figure it out!
[ Editor's note:
[ I once visited a noted Ragtime piano roll collector, and when I heard
[ his piano I gasped, "Albert, what happened?"
[ He replied, "A bass string broke six months ago so I used my tuning
[ hammer to reduce the tension of all the other strings. I've played
[ the piano every night since then and no more strings have broken.
[ How did you know? Does it sound bad?"
[ Robbie Rhodes
(Message sent Sun 15 Dec 1996, 14:06:15 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)