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Re: OT - piano recommendation

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Zachary Hoyt

03-17-2013 11:21:19

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My belief is that if you can fix a tractor you can also learn to work on a piano without too much trouble. I have been involved in a few piano projects over the years and recently got a quite decent piano for $50 off craigslist. It was only 2 miles away so I drove the tractor over to pick it up and set it in a wagon. Basically as long as the soundboard is not cracked or warped most other problems can be fixed, although some are more of a nuisance than others. Sticky keys and loose hammers are easy at-home fixes, as are many pedal problems. Tuning is easy to do with a strobe tuner and hard otherwise unless you are a 'natural' at it which I am definitely not. A real electric piano might also be a good idea, but to get a good one will cost a bit. Zach

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03-17-2013 20:29:13

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 Re: OT - piano recommendation in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 03-17-2013 11:21:19  
I have to completely disagree with you. As a piano major who has played and performed on many pianos, you don't just start moving this piece and pulling on that part to make it sound better. What about the feel, touch, tone, rebound? A grand piano has over 10,000 parts and I make sure I have a trained and certified tech work on mine. I could sell my piano and purchase several restored ih V8 tractors And am also mechanical and understand how things work but will never attempt any repair other than fix a squeaking pedal. I would compare this to your 300. You fixed it and it works, but I would not want to perform a concerto on it because it makes a terrible noise. If you had taken it to the dealer it would be right. I know I am not comparing apples to apples, and I repair my tractors myself as well, but please unless you are certified to be working on pianos please don't!

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