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How to Tune a Player Piano Out of Tune
By Charles Schubert

Until I had to give it up due to arthritis, I was in the player piano
restoration and repair business for over forty years.  At least six
times, after I finished a player piano and tuned it up, the customer
would say something like (and I quote one customer),

  "This is awful; the player sounds just like a regular piano --
   I want it to sound like a player piano!"

So I tuned them out of tune and the customers were all very happy.

I also had a contract for fourteen years with the drama department of
Syracuse University and I tuned the pianos for all the shows they put
on.  One show called for a rinky-tink sounding piano, so "out of tune"
it went.  It was a great success.

The bottom line is that there are people out there who like a "Frontier
Bar Room" piano sound.  I tune my player every six or seven years
whether it needs it or not. <lol>

Charles Schubert
Baldwinsville, New York

(Message sent Sat 27 Aug 2011, 12:36:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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