Piano actions are the mechanical portion of the piano which transfers the movement of the keys to the movement of the hammers which strike the strings. All these hundreds of parts are are made of wood, felt, and buckskin which are glued together. Eventually these parts wear out or break, requiring repair. I carry enough tools and supplies for piano tuning and most piano repairs in a single visit for a reasonable price.
As action parts wear, they need adjustment to maintain their proper operation. Adjustments aimed at increasing the efficiency of the mechanical part of your piano are called “action regulation.” Frequently, relatively inexpensive adjustments can make an enormous difference in the sensitivity of touch, allowing you to play much more expressively. These adjustments restore the correct tolerances that were set when your piano was new, but which gradually changed over the years with use. There are over a dozen adjustments per note. My job is to recommend which of these will make the greatest improvement with the least expense.
Tuning a piano adjusts the pitch of the strings, but it does not address the quality of the sound. Adjustment of the tone of a piano is called voicing. It is accomplished by making careful changes to the shape and density of the hammers. A properly voiced instrument can sound remarkably more beautiful. Voicing is one of the most difficult skills for a piano technician to learn, and it typically takes years to master. I enjoy this task of bringing out the greatest beauty in the sound of an instrument.
I highly recommend the evaluation of any piano prior to a purchase. Pianos that are the same price often vary widely in the quality and condition. Used pianos can need costly repairs that are not apparent to the untrained eye or ear. I also offer free guidance over the phone that could potentially save you time and money when you are looking for a piano to purchase. Just give me a call at 630-992-1155.
Piano Humidity Control:
The Dampp-Chaser company makes the best-known systems for controlling the humidity around your piano. That is important, because the wooden structures of your piano change with changes of humidity. These changes effect the stability of the tuning of your instrument. I am certified to install Dampp-Chaser systems for helping the stability of tuning of your piano. Just call for information.
Installation and Maintenance of Modern Player Mechanisms:
The best-known company for modern player mechanisms is the PianoDisc company. I am certified by them to install and maintain these systems.