KEYNOTES INTERNATIONAL RUSTY'S PIANO / ORGAN SERVICE CO. LLCFamily Owned Since 1919

Rusty's Piano Service Co. LLC & Vintage Hammond Organ / Leslie Service Inc. Paterson & Woodland Park NJ. Expert Brass Polishing... Christmas, 2017...Vol. 21..No. 14

Q?...HOW OFTEN SHOULD A PIANO BE TUNED?

A...HOME PIANOS ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR, COMMERCIALLY USED PIANOS SHOULD BE TUNED MONTHLY.

Q?....CAN A FLAT PIANO BE BROUGHT UP TO PITCH IN ONE TUNING?

A....DEPENDS ON HOW FLAT...A PIANO'S STANDARD PITCH IS A=440...IF IT IS A=400..NO, AT LEAST THREE TUNINGS....THE HARP HAS APPROXIMATELY 14 TONS, THAT'S RIGHT, TONS OF PRESSURE, AND TRYING TO CRANK IT UP IN ONE SHOT COULD BREAK STRINGS, OR CRACK THE HARP.

Q?....HEY RUSTY...HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS?  Tom C, Ridgewood, NJ

A.... ABOUT  45 YEARS....MY GRANDFATHER STARTED THIS AS AN ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS IN 1919

Q?... I AM LOOKING FOR A USED PIANO. WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

A....BE CAREFUL! MAKE SURE IT IS TUNABLE AND UP TO PITCH. ASK FOR AN A=440 WARRANTY...MAKE SURE STRINGS ARE NOT RUSTED, NO CRACKS AROUND HITCH PINS, PIN BLOCK IS NOT CRACKED OR "DOPED"... YOU SHOULD REALLY BRING A PROFESSIONAL TECHNICIAN WITH YOU...IT IS WORTH THE EXPENSE...PIANO REPAIR IS NOT CHEAP, AND IN SOME CASES WE'VE SEEN PEOPLE BUY PIANOS THAT "COULD NOT" BE REPAIRED...DON'T LET IT BE YOU!!!

Q?..SHOULD A PIANO BE TUNED WITH A METER, OR BY EAR?

A....WE USE METERS....THERE IS ALWAYS A DEGREE OF EAR TUNING REGARDLESS OF THE METHOD, BUT WE ESTABLISH THE INITIAL TONE WITH A METER. THERE IS SOME DISAGREEMENT WITH THIS, BUT WE HAVE PROVEN OVER THE YEARS THAT PIANOS TUNED WITH METERED ASSISTANCE ARE ACCURATE...THE EAR CHANGES WITH CONDITIONS, THE METERS DO NOT!!! IF THIS STATEMENT OFFENDS ANYONE...WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Q?...WHY IS MY VINTAGE HAMMOND ORGAN SQUEAKING?

A....PROBABLY NEEDS TO BE OILED...THE GENERATORS HAVE OIL CUPS ON THEM, AND REQUIRE HAMMOND GENERATOR OIL...MOST OLDER LESLIES ALSO NEED OILING.

Q?....JUST A THANK YOU FOR BRINGING MY STEINWAY GRAND BACK TO LIFE...John...Wayne NJ

A....THAT'S WHAT WE DO JOHN....THANKS !!!!

THE ULTIMATE TIP

IF YOU PLAY BAD.....LOUD AMPLIFIERS ONLY MAKE YOU PLAY BAD...LOUDER!!!

 

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