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Piano Tuning
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2000
As a Piano Player wanting to take up tuning this book was excelent. If followed step by step, carefully it takes you through the tuning process and also gives many usefull tips along the way. I also found it very usefull as a reference book, and the diagrams of actions were invaluble in repairing an upright piano which I own. The tuning system, whilst taking a good ammount of practice, is well explained and not over complicated. I would recomend this book to anybody who is taking up piano tuning. For the price it is an excellent investment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2001
Despite the assertion in the sub-title, there is no simple and accurate method by which amateurs may learn to tune a piano properly. The system of using Fifths and Octaves which the book recommends is perhaps rather cumbersome, and it is no easy thing to learn to hear and adjust beat rates in any case. The information on repair and regulation is very limited, although to be fair the title refers only to tuning. However, amateurs wanting to learn about tuning would do better to buy Reblitz' book, a standard text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2013
I found this book really useful when I wanted to tune my own piano and to understand how to go about it. I formerly had little music knowledge and found the book useful in understanding the piano tuning process which has not dated except in a few details. The book was written over a hundred years ago and in addition to giving a thorough grounding in tuning principles it also gives an account of some of the maintenance and repair problems arising with domestic pianos of that era and the issues raised in a professional tuners life at that time. These aspects of the book were particularly interesting to me as my own piano is now a hundred years old and so is from the era that the author was working on pianos. The expressions and language used in the United States of that time is of course recorded in the text and the mildly archaic nature of the prose adds a quite interesting and historical colour to the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2014
There aren't many books on piano tuning about. This one was written in 1907 but the edition I purchased was printed in 1975 and the publisher had removed some of the truly out-of-date chapters such as fees, setting up a business etc., and what remains is largely relevant today, although it has been a while since I saw a Square piano or played with old-type High Pitch instruments. I have been tuning my own piano off and on for some years now and this book will certainly help me refine my hit-and-miss technique. The sections on basic repairs are also potentially useful. However, one DOES need a certain amount of musical knowledge and of course a good ear - despite the sub-title, the method is not quite as simple as most maintenance tasks in this computerised age - but for a reasonably competent musician, amateur or pro, and for those of us who still love the traditional instrument technology, this book is a very useful instructor.
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on 13 December 2013
I have an old piano that was re-strung almost 10 years ago and is still in quite good condition. The fee for tuning has gradually risen from around £20 then to over £60. I therefore embarked on a project to do the thing myself. This is a good reference book for that purpose as it gives plenty of theory and practice.
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on 16 November 2013
When I ordered, I didn't realise it was a 1907 edition, but this makes it fascinating. The descriptions are a little more colourful than would be encountered in a current edition, although the content is still absolutely valid for today's pianos.
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on 13 October 2014
My husband has a piano but has never tuned one in his life, it worked with patience he has tuned our baby grand to perfection with the knowledge from this book.
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on 22 July 2013
To deep and complicated but informative.It might be more usefull if you are already famiier with the piano or can play.
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on 25 December 2014
Still relevant after about 100 years useful but could do with updating especially the diagrams.
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on 10 August 2014
The exact theory of piano tuning. This is NOT piano tuning for dummies.
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