Piano Brand Guide

Tier 1 Pianos: Bechstein Bluthner Bosendorfer Erard Fazioli Forster August Grotrian Hoffman (Made by Bechstein) Mason & Hamllin Sauter Schimmel Steingraeber Steinway & Sons Tier 2 Pianos: Baldwin –Acrosonic Baldwin Baldwin Hamilton (not as good) Boston Brentwood & Sons Essex Estonia Kawai Knabe Mathushek Petrof Schultze Pollman Seiler Sohmer Charles Walter Weber & Co (American) […]

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watsessing elementary school piano - tuned by Austin

A Word on Piano Maintenance and Piano Lessons

Piano lessons are a rite of passage for children from all walks of life. But a large majority of students just don’t stick with the lessons long term. Why is this? The number one reason I have heard over the years is, “He/she is not practicing enough so we don’t think it is justified to […]

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Piano Repair: Craftsmanship Matters

There are some technicians who just care about one thing: getting the piano to work with the bare minimal amount of time investment. This attitude sacrifices craftsmanship. Some think that with piano repair, craftsmanship doesn’t matter. Who cares, right? Most of these repairs are inside the piano and you can’t even see them. WRONG! Craftsmanship […]

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The “Little Things” Matter

To quote Aristotle: “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” This is a statement that certainly rings true in the field of piano service and maintenance. To put it simply, the little things matter. The following is a list of some of the little things I do when servicing a piano for […]

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The Importance of Inspecting a Piano before a Piano Tuning Begins

It is of the utmost importance that a piano technician give the piano a pre-tuning inspection before starting any work. Many beginning or inexperienced tuners will just go right to work without giving the piano a thorough inspection. A GRAVE mistake which could translate into disastrous results. Check the age of the piano and identify […]

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Piano Tuners Splice Bass String

String Splice Piano Repair

Has your piano broken a bass string? You have two options – you can ask your piano tuner to either replace the string entirely, or to splice it back together. The picture above shows how Austin’s Piano Service has used a special knot to splice a broken bass string together. What are the benefits of piano string splicing? […]

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Dampp Chaser Humidity Control System Install

Solutions for pianos that are subject to inconsistent humidity The piano pictured is a 5′ Baldwin baby grand from 1925. The piano is located in a New Jersey church and was not holding its tuning well. Many churches in the New York / New Jersey area have difficulty with pianos maintaining their tuning because of drastic changes […]

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Austing adjusting the hammer line height on the let-off rack

Regulating the piano for Duke’s Southern Table of Newark, NJ

Regulating the piano for Duke’s Southern Table of Newark, NJ. Duke’s is a neo-soul food restaurant with healthier versions of the standard soul food fare. They also have live music on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. We are banishing the gremlins from this piano. Arrghh!! This problem causes a hindrance in urinating or in […]

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Introducing: The Mason and Hamlin Screw Stringer Piano

It takes a piano tuning specialist to tune and repair the Mason and Hamlin Screw Stringer piano. This particular beast is from 1894. What makes the Mason & Hamlin piano different from other pianos? Unlike most other pianos, which have tuning pins coming out perpendicular from the plate, the Mason & Hamlin piano strings are […]

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Website launch

Austin’s Piano Service is please to announce the launch of our website! Click around and let us know what you think! Email austin@austinspianoservice.com

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