As a service to my customers, I'll be adding to a series
of technical articles over time. Please feel free to give me
feedback on these or request other topics for the future.
These are roughly ordered from the more introductory to
advanced topics (the articles do build on each other, so be sure to read
the early ones if you are not familiar with piano terminology).
How to better communicate with your piano technician
Caring for your Piano:
Basics of piano placement and care
Beware if you're getting an older piano for very little money
Piano Shopping: Why does that piano cost
Staying in Tune: Why
do pianos go out of tune?
Regulation: The Sum of
Voicing: How it works and
what to expect.
More on Tuning:
How pianos get out-of-tune and are tuned by technicians.
Temperaments and Styles: Choices available to the pianist.
Registered Piano Technician:
Why the piano owner should care.
What is involved in bringing an old piano back to life.
Friction, The Piano's Enemy:
Things that can be done to get a piano playing easier.
Optimizing Piano Acoustics at Home: A very nice article from
Piano Price Point that shows how placement affects sound.
If you are in the market for a new or used piano, I highly recommend
getting copies of Larry Fine's books: "The Piano Book" and "The Piano
Book 2007-2008 Supplement". These are rich in information on
buying pianos, histories of piano brands, relative comparisons of brands
and retail pricing information. An online version may be accessed
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