Piano Tuning – Who’s pulling your strings

I sometimes find the conversations I have with clients really interesting especially when it comes to Piano Tuning. The customer will call me up and ask “How much is it to get my Piano Tuned”? like most things in life the answer is not so straight forward. It really depends I reply,
– When was the Piano last Tuned?
– How old is the Piano?
– Has the Piano been moved recently?
– Is the Piano serviced on a regular basis?
– Do you play the Piano alongside other instruments?

These points need to be considered, as mentioned there can be lots of different forms of Piano Tuning. If a Piano is not tuned regularly, at least once a year, the pitch of the Piano can drop, which means the Piano will need a pitch move, or a double tuning. This is also important, when the Piano is being used with other instruments, as they are tuned to concert standard pitch A440.

The client can also say, “the piano hasn’t been used much”, which makes them think, there is less work to get their Piano back in tune. Piano Tuning is only one aspect of Piano Servicing, within a Piano there are hundreds of moving parts which enable the Piano to function. Should there be issues with Keys not working and or playing correctly, this is not Piano Tuning. The Action within the Piano may need Regulating, this is finely regulating the moving part of the action within the Piano making sure the keys play and the hammers respond, and create feeling. When playing the instrument. These aspects are separate to each other, which means, Piano Tuning and Piano Repairs are two separate things and need to be considered when calling a professional Piano Technician.

What customers say about AMH Pianos

As a qualified piano tuner I look after pianos for pianists at all levels, from beginners to seasoned musicians on a daily bases. I also tune for recording studios and theatrical music companies, music teachers, professional artists and basically going anywhere the music takes me.

During my work I ensure that I provide professional and excellent customer service so that my clients receive the utmost satisfaction for any individually tailored job. Nevertheless I am always proud when receiving positive feedback from happy and satisfied customers.

Below you will find what our customers say about AMH Pianos:

“Andy is a very friendly guy and is Very Prompt. Excellent service at competitive rates.” Gerry Flynn


“Punctual & Professional service. I was very happy with the work carried out on my old piano at what I would consider at a very reasonable price. Andy was such a pleasure to do business with and comes highly recommended. 5 stars.” George Ramos


Great, Very friendly service. Has breathed new life into my old piano, wish I hadn’t waited so long. Recommend highly!” Derrick Baker


“On behalf of my wife Joan and myself I wish to thank you for carrying out today’s piano tuning at our home in such a friendly and professional manner. It was a real pleasure to meet you and we shall certainly forward your details to our friends.” Malcolm


“Many thanks Andy. Much appreciate you doing this at short notice. It was used this afternoon and the pianist remarked on how well it had been tuned. As you kindly helped us at the eleventh hour, we will continue to use your services.” Gary


“Friendly and professional, very good job done at short notice. The piano sounds wonderful, many thanks Andy, will certainly call on you again.” Jonathan Wheatley


Please browse the website to see the full range of services AMH Pianos can provide.As a company we additionally cover all aspects of piano services ranging from piano tuning to piano repairs and removals. Additional helpful advice is also available on our FAQs page. If you have any specific piano related queries and would like to talk to me personally please make contact using the details found on the website.

Camden Town – the center of piano building

As a piano tuner whilst travelling around London doing my work, I really like looking into the history of music so let me share with you what I know about Camden and its past. Did you know for example that it was once the heart of piano building?

The piano was first demonstrated not anywhere else but here in London by Charles Dibden, who lived in Camden Town and is buried in the churchyard between Bayham Street and Camden Street. Strangely enough the piano industry should later have grown up in his own back yard.

At that time Camden Town was a very suitable centre for piano manufacture and the Regent’s Canal could be used for transporting heavy and bulky goods like pianos cheaply. Camden Town was also near the rail-heads of King’s Cross, Euston and St Pancras, so transport conditions by water and rail were ideal. Soon the area became a centre of the piano industry.

In the golden days besides manufacturers there were small-part makers, such as french polishers, makers of piano castors, piano stool makers, piano movers, piano tuners and of course salesmen. All of them earned their living in and around Camden Town and long the Canal.

Sadly in the 1900s German competition became very tough and by 1912, German exports of pianos and piano parts were sixty-five times as large as Great Britain’s. Germany dominated the piano industry rather as Japan was to dominate the electronics industry after the Second World War.

In the 1960s, the Koreans had begun to make pianos and started using modern machining accuracy. They were machining parts to 3 microns, so that every part fitted first time and the skill and time of the fitter were no longer required as pianos could be assembled, not fitted. The drop in production costs was enormous. Soon even the Royal Academy of Music began buying Korean pianos.

Should You Buy a New or Second Hand Piano?

If you’re thinking of buying a piano, the main question is whether to buy a brand new one or a used one. This is a very personal decision after all.  However purchasing the right piano for yourself or for your family can create a lifetime of enjoyment

In this blog post I would like to mention a few points to consider when buying a new, used, or restored piano. First of all purchase a piano you can afford and is appropriate for your needs. You want an instrument that will play properly and compliment your home’s décor.

Buying a second-hand piano
Buying a second-hand piano

Most used pianos are less expensive than most new ones. However a new piano has a full warranty and all the benefits of a new item (glossy, shiny case etc.). A pre owned piano usually doesn’t have a warranty, although some dealers will give a limited and short-time warranty. When buying an instrument you need to select a piano that has the key touch and musical tone that you like and then it will have to be tuned when it arrives at your home.

The most important thing however is to contact a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) to look at a piano before you buy it and make sure that it is worth the cost and it is playable.

Things to consider when buying a second–hand Piano

Whether you are looking for an upright or a grand piano the basic rules remain the same when choosing a Piano. One must consider, both the size and the cost of the instrument to fit ones budget and the room where you wish to house the Piano.

Generally, a larger piano with longer strings will create a much better depth of sound. Smaller instruments both Grand & upright Pianos will produce a lesser quality of sound, due to the speaking length of the strings.

When considering a modern instrument, they are constructed with the bass strings overstrung  which means that the bass strings run diagonally across the piano crossing over the treble string,  this enables the Bass strings to be longer thus giving a longer speaking lent and better quality of sound.

Andy tuning a piano
Buying a second hand piano

 

An older instrument may not have this stringing arrangement, and are generally known as straightstrung Bass section, which means that the strings run parallel to each other which lesser the length of the Bass strings offering a far less quality and depth of sound. Modern upright pianos are underdamped which means that the dampers are located beneath the hammer head, this setup is much more effective than overdamped Pianos.

If you look in the top of a upright piano in an overdamper action, the hammers are below. The dampers, thus giving rise to the name overdamped.

Generally, this kind of piano should be avoided, due to it’s age and performance – response when playing, they could also be very tough to tune or keep their tuning.

On the other hand, a very good quality overdamped upright piano could make a wonderful addition to your home, but I would suggest to get it assessed by an expert first before buying.

If you find an instrument that you like, we suggest that you look over the piano externally, play it and then look inside. The following points should help you decide whether an instrument is worth buying.

  • Check the casework and appearance of the piano for damage, dose the colour of the piano suits your home.
  • Check each key to see if they are level and evenly spaced?
  • Play each key rapidly, to see if they are responding well and not sticking.
  • Check to see if the sound of the piano is Similar across the whole keyboard? Did any notes stand out louder/softer than others.
  • Check the piano for any buzzing, squeaks, of knocking sounds.
  • Check each peddle to see if they are working, without making unwanted noises
  • Always make sure to look inside the piano:
  • Check to see if the action looks intact without missing parts.
  • Check for any damage to both the action and strings, look along the line of strings to see if there are any missing or broken.
  • When considering buying a piano, please make sure you check the instrument, or even better take a qualified piano tuner with you.

The map shows the areas we support throughout London.

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Areas covered across London

Please visit our gallery page to see the areas we serve. Here you will find out more about areas covered by our services and please do not hesitate to get in touch with AMH Pianos to find out for yourself the magic of great sound and excellent customer service. As a blind piano tuner I am more than happy to travel anywhere and I tune pianos throughout London.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Andy

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AMH Piano tuning some of the areas we serve

As a Blind Piano Tuner, I can travel anywhere in London using this amazing public transport system and the appropriate assistance if required.  


Having a smart phone and using GPS and route mapping help me get to my required destination and whilst I carry out my work I also get to know a lot of interesting places.


I thought I would offer a little insight into some of the areas in which I tune pianos throughout London.

Southwark SE1 – piano tuning services

Canary Wharf E14 – piano tuning services

Chiswick W4 – piano tuning services

North Greenwich SE10 – piano tuning services

 

Piano Tuning London Areas we offer Piano services in London

Andy tuning a piano

AMH Pianos Services London

We operate throughout London providing a full range of #piano #services .  please take a look at the pages below and check out the services we offer.

we provide support with #pianotuning #pianorepairs #pianoremovals #pianoservicing please make contact today, and we will support your needs.

Areas we cover:

City of London

Westminster

Hammersmith

Wandsworth

Lambeth

Southwark

Tower Hamlets

Hackney

Islington

Camden

Ealing

Hounslow

Richmond upon Thames

Merton

Croydon

Bromley

Lewisham

Greenwhich

Bexley

Newham

Barnet

we are fully qualified fully insured and DBS check, so you can be assured of a quality service to you Piano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Summer of Seismic Changes

Formar Home Secretary Theresa May becomes UK PM
Theresa May UK Prime Minister

Over the past month events in the UK and around the World have been a bit of a game changer, causing uncertainty, intreague and plenty of heated discussion across London. From Whitehall to Hackney, Golders Green to Bexley Heath, the conversation seems to have moved on to what the latest events in Westminster might entail for the country as a whole rather than the latest gossip around Big Brother and the X Factor. In many ways, whilst I carry out piano tuning, I seem to notice myself surrounded by highly opinionated conversations concerning Brexit, a new Prime Minister and potential predictions about the future.

Map of the European Union as of Oct. 2013
Map of the 28 EU states

Throughout London we have experienced ample sunshine and much higher temperatures that somehow seem to be keeping pace with the heated political climate. Things however, appear much more civilised around the UK compared to the unfortunate attacks in mainland Europe, such as the attempted coup in Turkey, the death of 84 people in Nice and the more recent spate of bizarre attacks across Germany. Incidents like these appeal to my British sense of being and I sometimes wonder whether or not we really can resolve arguments and problems just by enjoying a nice cup of tea.

A Perfectly brewed Cup of Tea
A Perfect Cup of Tea

 

I feel fortunate to be in a profession that brings the gift of music to people from all backgrounds and walks of life, bringing them together through music. Time spent servicing or transporting a piano, for me personally, equates to bringing the gifts of creativity, harmony and the celebration of life. The brilliant sunny weather during these uncertain times symbolises the hope that we as a nation will have a bright future no matter what it brings. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with AMH Pianos to find out for yourself the magic of great sound and excellent customer service.

Virtual Sociability and the Tunes of the Summer

At AMH Pianos, I strongly believe that whatever we do, we can do better. The philosophy that there is always room for improvement, rings so loudly to me that in spite of getting excellent reviews from so many of you, I continuously strive to give you more for your money and interaction with my company. As the official summer has just kicked in according to the Met Office, we have been blessed with incredible weather, warm days and long hours of sunshine through out the land. So whether you are on a boat ride from the Tower Hill pier, or shopping or eating out near Bayswater, there is a chance that you would not have forgotten your mobile phone, which would probably be sitting snugly in your pockets or handbags. That is exactly why when I first started, I thought why not put technology to some good use for both work and play?

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Many people, to this day, probably still do not rely on a mobile phone, let alone a tablet or a computer. This is to say that perhaps the concept of social media has not quite sunk in with so many out there. There is a chance that whether it’s a student roaming around High Street Kensington, a tourist wandering near the Baker Street attractions, or even that student’s mother or grandma living in one of the outer boroughs of Bromley or Bexley checking up on them or their friends or family, someone you know might probably be only a few clicks away on Facebook. Love it or loathe it, this platform has become a 1 Billion strong global community, which now has started offering even greater accessibility for blind and partially sighted users like myself by offering audio descriptions of photographs and videos. Then there is Twitter. I love the world’s first truly mobile network, which has been the place for breaking news stories, and from Ealing to Plaistow, it has won me many amazing friends and got me in touch with so many vital contacts at the same time. I would be the first to put my hand up and admit that I am not a techy computer super-geek – no indeed! My interests are everything to do with piano tuning and looking after pianos Still, I am amazed at just how many of my fellow colleagues, to this day, continue to miss out on such a large network of opportunities, which are easily available, increasingly accessible, and best of all, FREE!!

Whilst the days are longer, the summer is in full flow, and there is a general buzz around London, why would someone not choose to be Linked In to what the city has to offer. Why would someone, who wants to grow their business, not take advantage of Google Plus, where results influence your search ranks? Most of all, what amount of social interactions, are my fellow colleagues missing out on, which could improve their quality of life? I feel fortunate enough to have the opportunity to truly enjoy what the Capital has to offer both physically and digitally, and I also get to learn about new stuff on a daily basis in a form most convenient to me. Please come along, and offer your friendship to me, and I will offer you my life long friendship and service in return, both throughout the summer and beyond!

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