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Steinway L Grand Piano


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  Welcome to the website for Atlanta Piano Tuner.  We're very familiar with the idiosyncrasies peculiar to the various brands, sizes and types of pianos, since we have repaired many of them.  At Atlanta Piano Tuner, we have decades of experience in Vintage / Antique Piano repair and Rebuilding, the most difficult element of piano repair there is.  There is simply no other company in the city that has more personal, hands on experience with rebuilt vintage pianos, period.

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Before and after...
  There was no 'happening' along to a piano business for my part as a young adult or older.  My father was a master craftsman and the piano business is the trade I've been associated with since a child.  I am not a piano tuner who repairs pianos occasionally, and you probably wouldn't believe me if I told you how long I've been plying this trade.  Growing up, I met or knew many of Atlanta's "old timer" piano technicians that have been in this city since the 50's/60's as they were employed by my father, trained by my father, or shared in business relationships as they were advancing this magnificent craft, as was our family. 
A classic Atlanta Piano Restoration preserving an original
Before and after...
 I am a piano craftsman, an artisan, with decades of experience in piano rebuilding and repair... not to mention a concert quality piano tuner, and I love my trade.  Take a moment, and look around.  I hope you find what you are looking for from the links above.  If you do not, let me know.  Incidentally, all the instruments you see on this website were "hands-on" experiences.  I'm going to toss a couple questions below that people ask me frequently... you will find a lot more on the Piano Info (Frequently Asked Questions) page.  Have fun reading, and may you be favored by God richly! 


What is an Atlanta Piano Tuning?
Should I buy a new piano, or are pre-owned pianos a better investment?

Why is the piano called an escapement mechanism?

Grand Pianos vs. Upright/vertical pianos... what are the actual differences?

I haven't played my piano in a while, and it doesn't sound that badly to me.  Why does it need to be tuned anyway?

"Just the facts, please"...:  Ambient temperature, ambient humidity and outside walls.  The truth all piano owners should know...


Piano Rebuilding ~ Piano Tuning ~ Piano Repair
Piano Rebuilding for grand pianos and vertical pianos (upright, studio, console or spinet) involves removing all worn components to repair or replace them.  In regard to piano refinishing, we fastidiously remove all worn finish and replace it with the very best of what is available today restoring like new functionality and renewing the aesthetic... or as close as is physically plausible to like new functionality and appearance.  When Atlanta Piano Tuner rebuilds a piano, we truly rebuild your vintage instrument with an eye to preserving it as an antique that has been restored.  see more on piano rebuilding ...
Piano Repair/refurbishment is when we are seeking to further the piano's longevity when interest or budget will not permit a piano rebuilding.  With the old world tricks we know, we can (many times) enhance functionality for years if necessary to parts that may have seemed past the point of 'no return'.  see more on piano repair ...
When we tune pianos our primary concern is music.  In our opinion piano tuning cost and accuracy harmonize when you sit down to play a piano we have tuned.  A piano tuning done well will minister to the spirit of the player as they play.  see more on piano tuning ...

 

 



Grand Piano
Atlanta Piano Tuner depicting Grand Piano Repair

The inimitable Grand Piano is the standard of acoustic pianos.  Beauty in functionality, beauty when it's sitting quietly in a room.  My strong recommendation to the person with the desire or means to treat themselves to the best is to settle for nothing less.  The repetition lever in the action of a grand piano sets it apart from any upright/vertical piano ever made.  This lever catches a portion of the grand piano's action, enabling extremely fast (and controlled) repetition of the notes.  While this is not a 'make it or break it' scenario for most piano players, what will translate to every one regardless of expertise or experience in playing, is that this is the most accurate reproduction of the touch used to play a piano.  Sostenuto capability is another feature of better quality grand pianos.  This allows a piano player to only sustain a select number of notes simultaneously without sustaining all the rest; this is useful in complex compositions.  The grand piano is also the most aesthetically appealing piano, but they do have a tendency to 'take over' a smaller room.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again,  There are many fine quality upright, studio, console and spinet pianos that will pass the touch test of the discriminating player.  Grand pianos are simply the best, and I mean nothing else to be inferred here.  The addition of a piano-types segment merely answers a question posed many times over in my travels as a piano man.  back to top





Square Grand Piano

Square Grand Piano depiction

Square Grand Pianos are the grandfathers of the modern piano.  You know what is amazing about pianos?  In this era of human history of technological advances like mechanization, for over one hundred years the piano stands virtually alone being made the same way.  The first pianos were an advance technologically from harpsichords.  Harpsichords, while they are a keyboard instrument (Bach primarily played harpsichords), can not impart the control over 'dynamic range' that a piano offers.  Bartolommeo Cristofori (1655-1731) introduced the Piano-Forte (we've since shortened the name to piano) exhibiting an 'escapement mechanism' that forever revolutionized music.  The piano emulates/reproduces the firm to soft touch of the player from forte/loud sound to piano/soft sound.  Whereas the harpsichord plucked the wire, the escapement mechanism offered nearly infinite control over how loudly or softly the piano's wires were struck.  Hence the trivia answer that the piano is not a string instrument, but is a percussion instrument.  Did you know that?

The first, 'primitive' pianos were very short lived.  Leather wrapped hammers wore out in a few years.  Leather hinges in the mechanism suffered the same fate.  Long and gangly mechanical parts were extremely difficult or impossible to adjust (I know, I've rebuilt many 'squares').  Engineering shortfalls left inherent limitations in the first pianos.

The next era, the Victorian era, saw engineering step up with mechanisms that were superior to the primitive piano.  While the mechanisms still needed some enhancements (I've also rebuilt a fair number of these), this era's piano was the first piano with enough stability to support the nearly twenty tons of tension exerted on the piano's structure at A435 (the first standard pitch).  Leather wrapped hammers gave way to felt padded hammers.  Archaic mechanisms were replaced with adjustable mechanisms utilizing metal hinge pins (or action 'centers') inserted into felt bushings.  It is also fascinating to watch the piano's history and see how engineering as a science has evolved as principles of nature were noticed, studied and then an advancement was employed.

A few decades before the turn of the century we see the square grand piano lose prominence in the industry and finally slip into obsolescence as a new era (and the modern piano) came on the scene.  back to top










Upright Piano

Upright Piano

Studio (48" measured vertically), and Upright Pianos (51" vertically and higher) are quite similar overall.  Both types of piano have direct blow actions.  This type of action receives a direct strike from a piano key that extends under the piano's action mechanism.  The studio piano and upright piano (also called vertical) have the longest key length of any vertical class piano.  This translates to the best control over the dynamic range of any class of piano except the grand piano.  These verticals also boast the greatest structural integrity, superior in strength to console and spinet pianos, as well as longer piano wire lengths.  The result of longer wires, and stronger frame produces greater piano tuning stability and increased resonance.  Also in the rare vintage upright piano one may find the inclusion of a sostenuto rail.  Sostenuto functions won't mean much to a novice player, but for complex musical compositions sostenuto is a tremendous enhancement for playing a piano.  back to top

Studio Piano

Studio Piano










Console Piano

Console Piano

Console pianos, performance-wise, are preferable to own over spinet pianos in that these are the smallest class of piano that contain a 'direct blow' action mechanism.  In layman's terms a direct blow action imparts greater control to the piano player over a piano's dynamic range.  Dynamic range is another way of expressing the balancing between loud playing and soft playing from which piano's derived their name.  Originally pianos were call Piano-forte, which translates from Latin into soft-loud.  Console pianos also have more resonant, longer wires than spinet pianos (anywhere from 4" and up).  One item that is noteworthy regarding both spinet and some console pianos is the existence a decorative leg technically referred to as a  'detached' leg.  This references the leg's detachment from the lower part of the piano's case.  This leg provides no lateral movement stability to the piano, and many times if I assess the risk to the leg to be enough in the course of moving these pianos, I'll remove these legs prior to moving.  back to top







Spinet Piano

Spinet piano

Spinet pianos are most commonly characterized by their size.  They range in height from around 33" to nearly 40".  In technical terminology they are 'drop-action' pianos or more correctly indirect blow (action style) pianos.  The piano key pulls a 'sticker' (strip of wood) that provides an indirect strike to the string via the action's components.  They may be small in stature, but are complete pianos providing complex escapement action mechanisms, key lengths from just under a foot to nearly a foot and a half, an 'over-strung' type scale design to the piano wires, and lastly (but certainly not least) over fifteen tons of tension on the structure of the piano at A440.  Higher grade spinet pianos boast comparable tuning stability to larger class pianos, with little loss of sound resonance.  A downside to spinet pianos (the lower quality ones) is inherent dissonance in the bass wires, and diminished resonance in the treble wires.  Some also argue that because of the shorter key length, there is diminished dynamic range capability, a characteristic very important to define an acoustic piano from what is available electronically.  In comparison to an electronic keyboard, there is no similarity technically other than that they both have keys.  By far, most informed piano teachers will strongly recommend a spinet over an electronic keyboard if an individual's primary concern is balancing between budget and not compromising what an acoustic piano can provide to a novice player.  Because they are the smallest of pianos, they are typically more affordable to own, not to mention easier to move.  If you have limited living conditions (space challenged), or you move frequently, this might be your best choice for an acoustic piano.  back to top










Pump Organ

Pump Organ

Pump Organs still remain as an old favorite style of organ, even though their more modern (electronic) sisters have been replaced by the digital keyboard... at least for the residential owner.  I am also certain that 150 years ago no one thought of pump organs in terms of aerobic machines, but if you currently own or have ever played one you know exactly what I mean.

Pump organs utilize all pneumatic functions to produce sound and vibrato.  Ingenious minds invented interesting additions like 'octave coupling' (where with the pull of a knob you get five to ten extra fingers... lol).  Pump organs are exquisite pieces aesthetically, and working properly can be a lot of fun to play.  Other ingenious additions to a pump organ's functions are vibrato (what gives Susan Boyle her appeal), and methods of simulating horns or woodwinds through the reed system, swells to increase volume, multitudinous ways (a lot) to uniquely manufacture the stop panels (I've rebuilt dozens of pump organs and never cease to be amazed at this factoid) and the most intricately hand carved cabinetry you'll ever see in a piece of furniture.  These pieces are a must have for any antique collector to complete a collection.
If you traveled back in time to this country's foundational years where most church pastors were itinerate, you'd see them traveling with their trusty pump organ strapped to the back of their buggy as they traversed the countryside.  If you have a pump organ, do you know its history?  I'd love to hear some stories...  back to top



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