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Piano Tuner for Denver and Boulder Co.

I have been asked recently by a few of my customers and business associates in the Denver area what I contribute our outstanding growth rate even through a tough economy. I am not sure exactly how to answer that question. I know that there are a few factors however that I am sure have done nothing but serve to strengthen us as a Denver area piano tuning and service company: 

1. We have an amazingly loyal and friendly customer base, obviously without the great people that we get to see and interact with every day we would not be here!

2. We are commitment to serving with excellence no matter what we do. The Bible says that whatever you do you should do as if you where doing it for your creator... this is our goal every day.

3. Creative ideas and innovation. One of my personal expectations for our business is that we never grow stale, I want to consistently be thinking of new and better ways of doing business as well as making sure that we continue to have a balance in leaning on business practices that have stood the test of time.

4. Passion. This is for sure one of the main things that has contributed to our success as a piano tuning and service company. I believe that you should be passionate about your life's work. Without passion in life, there is little reason to live let alone get up every day and "go to work". I am blessed to be passionate about my profession and that has served as a great spring board to success.

5.  Family. My beautiful wife and 2 young daughters support me in amazing ways. Every day I look forward to coming home to a home that is filled with love and encouragement and beautiful faces that remind me what truly matters in life.


So that is kind of the nutshell of some reasons that have certainly contributed to our success in the piano tuning and service world. I look forward to meeting you some day and hopefully serving you by making your piano a joy and inspiration to play!



Vintage Pianos... a piece of American History.

piano_restoration_250x251I was considering the other day how rare quality vintage pianos are to come by.... Don't get me wrong I see a ton of vintage pianos, the trouble is that most of them are in major disrepair and can no longer be enjoyed. I hear week in and week out from folks that have a vintage piano, whether it be a grand piano, baby grand, player piano or just regular full sized upright, that they no longer want and are literally planning on taking it to the dump if no one comes to get it!  


This is a pure shame to me. The fact is that most vintage pianos, once restored, can make fabulous instruments for decades to come! Most new pianos simply cannot compare to the quality hand-made craftsmanship  of a piano made in the late 1800's though the 1920's and 30's. Anyway, this fact got me thinking about the reality that the piano is a major piece of our American history. From old western saloons to Broadway musicals to Southern Estates, these pianos used to be played and enjoyed by thousands.


If you own a vintage piano think of the amazing history that it most likely has. It entertained  generations past that didn't have access to TV and other modern distractions and has most likely been a key element of many homes and families, in it's own way representing good ole' fashioned family togetherness!


This is one of the major reasons why we love having the opportunity to restore vintage pianos, it is our way of preserving the history of the great country we are proud to call home.   

Piano Refinishing for a Denver Client

We love refinishing pianos! This Hallet Davis was one of our recent piano refinishing projects for a Denver client. The piano, as you can see, used to be a wood finish that had been severally damaged from exposure to the sun. Through much time and effort we removed the old piano finish and made repairs to the veneer and the began the meticulous process and building the new satin ebony lacquer finish back up and polishing to the desired sheen. Watch the video to see the whole process! 



The Railsback Curve

A great article for all of you technical junkies out there! It explains why an "equally tempered" piano tuning is not really equally tempered due the the particular acoustical makeup of the piano.... Basically proving yet again why pianos tuned by ear just sound better! 


If you would like to hear how wonderful your piano can sound when tuned by a master aural tuner, give me a call or email today! 



"The Railsback curve, first measured by O.L. Railsback, expresses the difference between normal piano tuning and an equal-tempered scale (one in which the frequencies of successive notes are related by a constant ratio, equal to the twelfth root of two). For any given note on the piano, the deviation between the normal pitch of that note and its equal-tempered pitch is given in cents(hundredths of a semitone).

As the Railsback curve shows, octaves are normally stretched on a well-tuned piano. That is, the high notes are higher, and the low notes lower, than they are in an equal-tempered scale. Not all octaves are equally stretched: the middle octaves are barely stretched at all, whereas the octaves on either end of the piano are stretched considerably.

Railsback discovered that pianos were typically tuned in this manner not because of a lack of precision, but because ofinharmonicity in the strings. Ideally, the overtone series of a note consists of frequencies that are integer multiples of the note'sfundamental frequency. Inharmonicity causes the successive overtones to be higher than they "should" be.

In order to tune an octave, a piano technician must reduce the speed of beating between the first overtone of a lower note and a higher note until it disappears. Because of inharmonicity, this first overtone will be sharper than a harmonic octave (which has the ratio of 2/1), making either the lower note flatter, or the higher note sharper, depending on which one is being tuned to. To produce an even tuning, the technician begins by tuning an octave in the middle of the piano first, and proceeds to tune outwards from there; notes from the upper range are not compared to notes in the lower range for the purposes of tuning." - Wikipidea 



The Railsback curve, indicating the deviation between normal piano tuning and an equal-tempered scale.


Vintage Piano Refinishing



I am very excited about our latest piano refinishing project. This piano belongs to a customer who has had it stored in the garage for over 20 years! Finally a few weeks ago she decided to contact us about refinishing the case and doing some basic work on the inside such as tuning and basic refurbishment and regulation.

The piano is a Newby and Ebans from around the turn of the last century. Check out this beauty... and she sounds as good as she looks!