The second studio grand gets a tune-up

With dizzying cable wires swimming in all directions, connected to a horizontal mounted overhead web cam, partnered with a side-mounted one, the spotlight is on my vintage Steinway grand.

A second piano to its right goes unnoticed.

But once a LIVE lesson begins, the Baldwin Hamilton 1929 takes center stage, requiring at least a pitch match-up with its neighboring sister. (Thankfully, its squeaky pedal problem has been resolved)

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/piano-repair-taking-the-noise-out-of-my-pedal/

Those familiar with Baldwin Hamilton’s history, know it was a blind date piano that miraculously panned out as a permanent partner. Initially sampled by phone, (no sane way to judge its character) I had good vibes about it, and in the after glow of first attraction, I dispatched a registered piano tech to the location, hundreds of miles away. After he doubled on my opinion, the sale was made. (Don’t copy me and meet your date in person!)

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/just-in-time-for-valentines-day-i-meet-my-blind-date-grand-piano-in-el-cerrito-6-part-video-and-coda/

Yesterday, award-winning tech, Israel Stein tuned the Baldwin Hamilton, and pin-pricked a few hammers along the way. Our conversation recorded in progress, enriched the tuning experience and added to my growing Stein oral history archive.

LINK:

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/a-conversation-about-machine-and-ear-tuning-and-more-with-israel-stein-registered-piano-technician/

Stein at Baldiwn  voicing

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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