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Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2018 10:51 AM


Joan, the expert Piano Tuner/Technican can check out a piano you're thinking of buying. Whether it's from online, a store or a family member, I can appraise it and let you know if it's worth the asking price.

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Bridges - These are the pieces of wood upon which the strings rest. Small cracks are usually not a problem but wide cracks will make a clanking sound when the note is played.

Soundboard - Soundboard cracks can be of the hairline variety (thin and pretty benign) or wide enough to see through (possibly causing big problems down the road). Would you know the difference?

Pinblock - This is the heart of the piano. If the pins are loose, the strings will not hold a tune and therefore, the piano will not be playable. Steps can be taken to improve the torque but it may be costly and may not entirely solve the problem.

Action - The action is the playing mechanism containing the hammers that strike the strings and all the other 9,000 or so parts. A couple of sticky keys may not mean large problems but if the wood is dry and the glue joints cracking, you may have a headache on your hands (and it won't just be from hearing your kids play the same song over and over).

I charge $105 for an appraisal in most parts of Long Island (a little more if it's deep into Suffolk).

Piano tuning available all over Long island and most parts of Queens.

Reasonable rates. Exceptional service. Nice to your children and pets (as long as they don't growl or bite)!

Call me! Joan - 516-223-4676

* If you need advice on brand names, you can order "The Piano Book" by Larry Fine from the library or book store.

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