Happy New Year from the piano tuner! After two piano-free days I’m glad to be tuning again in Sheffield, Rotherham, Chesterfield and Doncaster. January is usually a slow month for me, so if you’ve been putting off booking a tuning, please get in touch. If you’re thinking of putting it off further, here’s a message from an old Bentley piano:
If your piano requires any replacement parts, I’ll be placing an order with my suppliers (Fletcher & Newman) after the 7th of January when they’ve re-opened. I have a large collection of sundry parts for odd jobs which can be used during a piano tuning session, but if it needs a component of a specific size or shape, you may have to wait a week. I pride myself on my punctuality and organisational abilities, so I will make sure I have everything I need to fix your piano as soon as I possibly can.
Anyone searching for a wide-ranging instrument at an affordable price might take a look at this elegant 45″ studio piano, a remarkable feat of German engineering using traditionally old-fashioned methods of production (wasn’t it great when they built things to last?). I haven’t encountered a great number of them in my piano tuning work, but the few I have made an immediate and lasting impression on me – largely thanks to their hugely diverse tonal palette.
Here’s a snippet from a Pianist magazine article detailing the superior production of its spruce soundboard:
Anyone can work out that a ‘budget’ upright can’t be made exactly the same way as a concert grand, but differences are rarely spelled out. One important area is the soundboard, the heart of the piano’s tonal response. It’s not simply a matter of which material you use: there is also the question of how you put it together.
There are two fundamentally different methods of constructing the soundboard of a piano, says Simon Loat of Schimmel’s UK distributor, Forsyth Bros. ‘The mid-market tends to be where the two methodologies cross over and explains why two pianos of the same size can produce sounds which are totally different.’
For mass production where speed is of the essence, a flat soundboard is attached to ribs cut with a curved profile, immediately forming a crown once the two are joined. The traditional ‘German’ method, where high humidity straight ribs are joined with a low-humidity soundboard and the transfer of moisture results in the crown, takes around six months. It delivers a richer tonal character, but costs a lot more.
In order to produce the Vogel, a mid-market priced piano with an expensive traditional soundboard, Schimmel makes the soundboard assembly in its Braunschweig factory. It then ships the ‘strung backs’ (soundboard, wooden back frame and bracing and iron frame plus tensioned strings) to the Vogel assembly plant in Poland to take advantage of cheaper labour costs.
For piano tuning and maintenance this week, I still have the following times available for bookings:
- Wednesday 1st November @ 2 PM
- Wednesday 1st November @ 7 PM
- Wednesday 1st November @ 9 PM
- Thursday 2nd November @ 12 PM
- Thursday 2nd November @ 2 PM
- Friday 3rd November @ 9 AM
- Friday 3rd November @ 11 AM
- Saturday 4th November @ 2 PM
- Sunday 5th November @ 2 PM
- Sunday 5th November @ 4 PM
Later dates are also available by arrangement.
– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.
For anyone in South Yorkshire or Derbyshire in need of a piano tuner this week I am available at the following times:
- Monday 15th of May @ 6 PM
- Monday 15th of May @ 8 PM
- Tuesday 16th of May @ 12 PM
- Tuesday 16th of May @ 5 PM
- Tuesday 16th of May @ 7 PM
- Wednesday 17th of May @ 10 AM
- Wednesday 17th of May @ 4 PM
- Wednesday 17th of May @ 7 PM
- Thursday 18th of May @ 7 PM
- Friday 19th of May @ 10 AM
For customers in North Yorkshire, East Riding or Teesside, I will be in Whitby and Scarborough tuning pianos this weekend and have a few times still available in my diary to fill up:
- Friday 19th of May @ 8 PM
- Saturday 20th of May @ 10 AM
- Saturday 20th of May @ 2 PM
Later dates are available on request.
– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.
For my available times for piano tuning bookings, see the bullet point lists below. The first one is for South Yorkshire customers and the second for piano tuning in North Yorkshire (as far south as Bridlington) and Teesside (as far north as Middlesborough). I update this blog with my weekly availability every Monday and later dates are always available on request!
For customers in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire (Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield, etc), I am free at the following times:
- Monday the 1st of May @ 6 PM
- Monday the 1st of May @ 8 PM
- Tuesday the 2nd @ 10 AM
- Tuesday the 2nd @ 5 PM
- Tuesday the 2nd @ 7 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 10 AM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 12 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 2 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 4 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 6 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 8 PM
- Thursday the 4th @ 10 AM
- Thursday the 4th @ 12 PM
- Thursday the 4th @ 7 PM
For North Yorkshire & Teesside Customers (Whitby, Scarborough, Ravenscar, Guisborough, Pickering, Bridlington, Brotton, Ruswick Bay, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Staithes, Redcar, Thornaby, Stokesly, Middlesbrough, etc) I am available at the following times this week:
- Friday the 5th of May @ 7 PM
- Saturday the 6th @ 1 PM
- Saturday the 6th @ 4 PM
- Saturday the 6th @ 7 PM
- Sunday the 7th @ 10 AM
- Sunday the 7th @ 2 PM
- Sunday the 7th @ 4 PM
- Sunday the 7th @ 6 PM
- Sunday the 7th @ 8 PM