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Believe It Or Not Section

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12th, 2011 by Gkafig – Be the first to comment

Did you know that most newer vertical pianos have a device on the right side piano (just under the lid) that props up the lid for greater sound? If you don’t have one you can make one or have it installed.
Did you know that a chipped keys (plastic or ivory) are either caused by a child’s toy (50%) or Carpet Beetles (50%). I wrote a paper on that. Do call me for further illumination.
Do clean your keys (soap and water is just fine). Playing is so much more enjoyable.
If a key (or two or three) is not functioning correctly please don’t be afraid to remove the front panel in a vertical piano. Try to find (with a flashlight) foreign debris that may be causing the problem- or call me for more information over the phone. I had two clients this week with this problem.

Practical Suggestions

Posted in Maryland PIano Tuning on October 10th, 2011 by james.leigh.iii@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

I often wish that a person would call me for information concerning the purchase of a used piano. There is no charge  for my vast amount of experience in having seen every type of piano and condition. Most people, however, would rather take the chance because the price seems inexpensive, the furniture is reasonable and some sounds come from the instrument. I really dislike informing the individual when I arrive at the home for a tuning  that he or she must get rid of it. When a description of the piano seems reasonable (but not yet purchased)  I offer, at a reasonable rate, to evaluate the piano. If that proposal is rejected I will do my best to listen to the piano over a “land-phone ” and have the client answer many questions about the piano. The client is sufficiently informed that there exists no guarantee in my casual attempt but that is better than moving an utter disaster.
Just saw a client with a vertical piano that has a “practice pedal” ( a long bar across the strings that mutes the tone when played). Some notes weren’t sounding each time he struck the note. The cause was that the felt strip used to mute the sound was very slightly overlapping the respective hammer. When the device was adjusted upward everything performed perfectly.

Professionalism and integrity

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8th, 2010 by Gkafig – Be the first to comment

A new client called the other day suggesting that suicide was a better alternative to using her not very old vertical these days. The volume was decreased by 90 percent. Please come across town (money is no object) and repair this hideous problem. I had the time to make the trip in short order. However, I pondered the calamity as she spoke and decided to ask her to raise the lid of the piano and look downward. She called me back later that afternoon and told me that a long rail covered the hammers. I told her how to fix it. She later told  me she was successful but called in a few days to tell me that the problem still existed. She also informed me that her grandsons were fooling around with the pedals. I asked her to step on the center pedal and slide it to the right. She did so. The problem was solved. In a few days I received a lovely note and a check for my “professionalism.” My pocket was not quite so full but I slept very well.
I recently visited a gentleman with a Yamaha vertical that was to be tuned. His piano was not out of tune. I told him not to feel so guilty every month that passed beyond his normal time frame for tuning the piano. He complained of other technical problems so I spent the time ( longer than that of a tuning) making repairs instead. He was quite happy.

Dr.Kafig’s Piano Tuning| Silver Spring Maryland

Posted in Uncategorized on July 6th, 2010 by james.leigh.iii@gmail.com – 6 Comments
The number one item for caring for your piano-more than tuning it (for the recent tuning will suffer it this requirement is not met) is humidity control. The gross majority of my new clients either are completely unaware of this phenomenon or falsely believe that a sufficient amount of humidity is present in the room. Of course, we are referring to only winter months. Very often  clients will show me their non-digital humidity gauge that is off by as much as 40%. Either a color sensitive card or a digital device will suffice (digitals can be off, too, but normally not by very much). You may purchase a large size humidifier- one that will not require refilling several times a day. Place it a few feet from the piano. There are other means of humidity control. This may be discussed with your personal tuner. What happens when it gets too dry?  The pin-block (the wood structure that holds all of the tuning pins) contracts. The tuning pins become loose in the pin-block. The piano will not hold its tuning for very long – or worse yet, the piano becomes incapable of being tuned. Please make this your prime concern before you allow your piano (new or old) to be placed in your home. Of course, keep the piano a good distance from any heat duct or radiator.
An interesting problem arose just today (but this difficulty had arisen many times previously). A “climate-control” device had been installed in this lady’s refurbished Steinway upright a decade ago. She had religiously added water to the unit for the obvious purpose of humidifying her prize possession. I opened the bottom panel and discovered that the “pads” used to produce the humidity had become moldy and hard. It could therefore not absorb any water. She wondered why she almost never had to replenish it with water. In fact, the heater used to warm the pad was constantly “on.”  It added to the already existing warmth of the home. We found a solution to her problem. This could have seriously damaged her piano. Let us hope that she and many others like her employ a more alert piano technician. Incidentally, she also complained (and I fully agreed) that there was an awful noise emanating  from the sound-board. Behold— a part from the unit was touching the board.

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Posted in Uncategorized on June 24th, 2010 by james.leigh.iii@gmail.com – 1 Comment