Tools provided: Regulation Tuning Lever, Stick Mutes and Wedge Mutes.
In the first lesson you learn about basic piano construction. You also will start tuning unisons. This is the tuning of the two or three strings which form a single note and how they are tuned with one another. This lesson is the basis or foundation for future lessons.
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Lesson 2: Octave Tuning
In the second lesson you advance to the tuning of two notes that are an Octave apart - all of the A's, B's, etc. You will also start learning about intervals and the relationship one note has to another. You will become familiar with the 12 notes of the piano keyboard.
Lesson 3: The Equal Temperament
Tools provided: Standard Tuning Fork, Temperament Felt Mute.
This lesson teaches how to set one group of notes, which forms the basis for tuning all the remaining notes. A standard tuning fork sets the standard for the entire piano.
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Lesson 4: The Treble Section
In this final lesson on tuning you learn to tune the treble section which requires some special training. When you have completed the above four lessons, you will be able to tune a piano. In this lesson, tips on deep bass notes are included to make tuning of these notes easier. The subject of electronic tuning equipment is also covered. Illustrations of and descriptions of various strobe tuners are provided.
Lesson 5: Piano Regulation
Tools and parts provided: Capstan Regulators, Punchings, Key Dip Gauge, Jack Springs.
To perform smoothly the action or the moving parts of a piano must be properly adjusted and regulated. Different types of pianos have different types of actions. Actions described include the Spinet, Upright, Drop and Grand. The student will learn how to adjust each type of piano action. Replacement of key felts and leveling of the key board are also covered. Pictures and illustrations of piano actions are included as well at the basic regulating tools required for action regulation .
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-Satisfied student from Georgia.
Lesson 6: Piano Repairs
Parts provided: Bridle Straps, Damper and Hammer Springs, Butt Felts, Shanks and Sleeves.
Piano parts wear out and sometimes break or suffer moth damage. The tuner-technician must know how to repair or replace damaged or worn-out parts. Here you learn how to deal with worn felts, broken keys, broken strings and other damage and wear.
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Lesson 7: Flange Bushing and Key Repairs
Tools and parts provided: Flange Bushing Tools, Flanges & Center pins, Key Buttons, Key & Flange bushing felt.
Most of the moving parts of a piano action are attached to a flange which is a combination of metal pins pivoting in felt. This lesson covers the replacement of this felt, a process called rebushing. Also included are the repair and rebushing of the keys, and the replacement of ivory key tops.
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Lesson 8: Special Repairs and Conducting a Successful Business
This important lesson deals with special major repairs such as complete restringing, sound board repairs and felt hammer replacement. Voicing of the felt hammers and how to order and measure piano strings is covered. In addition, this lesson describes how to secure piano tuning jobs and how to conduct a successful piano tuning business. A list of Piano Supply houses, where you can order parts and supplies at wholesale prices is included as well as information about the Piano Technician's Guild.
Lesson 9: The Square Grand Piano
The old Square Grand piano, while not too common, still exists and may be encountered at any time. They have special tuning, regulation and repair problems which are well covered in this lesson. A special section is added on general piano repairs with a host of tips and short cuts that can save time and money.
Lesson 10: The Direct Blow and Pratt-Read Actions
Parts provided: Plastic Elbows, Center Pins and Spinet Jacks.
This last lesson covers the regulation of the Direct Blow and Pratt-Read actions. Another piano, the old Mason Hamlin has special tuning pins which are illustrated and described in detail. The plastic-elbow of the Pratt-Read drop action is a very important and profitable repair job which is covered in detail.
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