Several people have asked me about how I derived the scale I used in our
Foster piano, and why.
First, let me say that I would never impose this scale on a high quality
piano. But as a pianist, I feel that the "no name" or cheaper pianos can
be improved simply by changing the way these piano were strung. Of
course, this opens up a discussion of string tension, etc., that I won't
go into here.
I used a Baldwin upright stringing scale. The reason: I like the sound of
a Baldwin, pure and simple! This old scale is remarkable and remains unchanged
over the years. From the old 54-inch and 45-inch players and right down
to the little Acrosonic spinet it had the same pattern, regardless where
the breaks were. Baldwin knew they had a winner and didn't change it for
I strung the Foster with this scale and had a professional tuner check it
for tuning and voicing problems. I am happy to say that there weren't
any. We both were impressed with the tone and clarity, and the piano has
remarkable power for a upright. I also applied this scale to a Lakeside
player with the same result.
The scale uses whole sizes and no half sizes. Why it works I really
don't know; I just know it does work, and has worked on every upright I
have applied it to. For those interested the pattern can be found at
I am not trying to say that this is a "magic" scale or anything like it.
Nor can you make a "Baldwin" out of any upright. All I am saying is that
it has worked very well for me.
Feel free to stop by and play our piano, if anyone is down this way.
But be warned -- I might record you!!!