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Tuning the Piano for "That Honky-Tonk Sound"
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  This posting is primarily directed to the piano tuners in
the group but if anybody has an answer to my question, I'm all ears.

One of my customers, who has a new Story & Clark player piano, is not
pleased with the tuning of the piano.  Why?  It's in tune!  He wants
the piano to have "that Honky-Tonk Sound".

I recall hearing about a tuning method that 'creates' the sound in
a controlled manner but for the life of me I can't remember exactly
what needs to be done.  I do recall that only one of the three strings
(in the tenor and treble sections) is purposely detuned, but I don't
recall the exact amount of the detuning.

By the way, this player piano does have a Honky-Tonk rail, but the
customer says "it's not the same".  Any advice is most welcomed.


John A. Tuttle

(Message sent Thu 26 Apr 2001, 11:13:17 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Honky-Tonk, Piano, Sound, That, Tuning

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