Thomson Lawrie Piano Technician - Complete Piano Service since 1979
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Over 35 years experience with Yamaha, Kawai, Baldwin, Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Petrof, Samick, Young Chang, Heintzman, Mason & Risch and many more.....
I am available by phone,
Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm to book your piano tuning appointment.
To book your piano tuning appointment
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I have been tuning pianos
for the last 35 years. I was trained to tune by ear. I still prefer
aural tuning since it is the human ear that will be the final judge
when the tuning is complete. Piano technicians applying for membership
in the Piano Technicians Guild can achieve Registered Technician
status using an electronic aid but they also have to receive a passing
grade on their tuning test without it.
After 28 years of tuning entirely by ear,
I have finally given in and use an electronic tuning aid on some pianos. I still consider my tuning
to be aural tuning. I use the tuning aid is to get the piano close before going back over
the piano for the final tuning. The concept of electronic tuning precision is a myth.
I have never found a tuning device that will tune a piano as a well trained piano technician can achieve by ear.
Electronic tuning aid or not, it is always the technician that is responsible for the end result.
When a piano is in tune
each note should sound clean and clear without any noticeable "twang".
The twang is produced when the two or three strings that make up
a single note are out of phase with each other. The string that
is tuned slightly higher than another vibrates faster and the sound
wave produced by it will eventually "catch up" causing a wave or
beating sound. This is the sound that piano tuners are trained to
listen for and work with.
Every make and model
of piano will have different gauges and length of strings used throughout
to create the same notes as in other pianos. The unique gauge and
length of strings used in each piano design is known as scaling.
It is the differences in scaling from one piano to another that
will determine how that piano should be tuned. A tuner that is trained
to tune by ear will automatically make adjustment for the differences
in scaling of each piano as they work.
There are a number of
electronic tuning aids that are available for piano technicians.
Some of these can produce excellent results in the hands of a skilled
tuner. In my experience the best results are produced by tuners
that have been trained as aural tuners and use the electronic tuner
as just another tool. But beware, one tuner may be using the latest
digital technology and another may be using 1960's technology. You
as a customer may only know the difference when the job is complete!
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St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie, Beamsville, Jordan, Vineland & Smithville.
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