In addition to Piano Tuning, I also specialize in Piano Repair.
Repair or Replacement of Action Parts
Individual piano components such as: dampers, hammers, keytops, bridle straps, strings, flanges, whippens, jacks, backchecks, elbows can be replaced, or complete sets can be installed. Keys that stick can be eased, and/or bearings replaced. Often sticky actions can be treated with special lubricants to drive out moisture. Humidity is usually the culprit when piano actions are sluggish.
Pin block Restoration
The pin block (or wrest plank) is located toward the front of Grand pianos, near the top of most uprights. It is constructed of several layers of hardwood glued together so that each layer is cross grained. Holes are bored at a 7 degree angle into the block to receive the tuning pins which are finely threaded on one end. Strings are inserted through a hole and wound around the tuning pin. The piano tuner can tighten or loosen the strings by manipulating these pins. Extreme moisture, excessive heat, or sharp changes in humidity can damage the pin block loosening the pins so that they
cannot properly hold the tension that the strings place upon them. Pin blocks can often be restored or ‘tightened’ by treating them with pin block restorer or by installing over- size pins.