|Mitchell Piano Service|
A few words about "Service"
If you've read any of the articles I've published on this site, it should be clear that I believe piano maintenance to be much more than just keeping your instrument in tune. Lets review your piano to determine what's needed to bring it to peak performance.
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GENERAL PIANO SERVICES
I offer three levels of general tuning and piano service:
1) Basic Tuning ($130): Tune to A-440. Check and adjust pedals. This service is best for newer pianos that are tuned regularly and kept up-to-pitch.
2) Full Service Tuning ($185): Tune to A-440 (including a Pitch Raise if needed). Depending on the particular instrument: minor repairs, fix regulation issues (pedals, action, keys or dampers), and light voicing for any uneven notes. (A separate estimate will be provided should more significant repairs, regulation or voicing be indicated.) The Full Service Tuning is strongly recommended for older pianos that haven't seen a tuning hammer in a while and for anyone who wants a more comprehensive service call. Also recommended for recording sessions or performance venues.
3) Tone Building & Voicing: Bed the keyframe, seat strings at bridges, level strings, file hammers for shape and string matching, and tune to A-440. Voice the piano. For the most discriminating grand piano owner, this process brings your piano to peak performance for tone, power and dynamic range by correcting hammer-to-string mating issues and voicing the instrument. This picture shows the types of alignment issues that can occur:
Discounts are available to full-time Piano Teachers - call 415-994-1030 for details
The Disklavier System refers to Yamaha's line of player acoustic pianos. Please contact me if you having problems with your Disklavier and I'll be happy to service it. For details on this service, please see my Disklavier Repair Policy. (Note that I only service the Disklavier Acoustic Pianos. I don't work on Yamaha's Clavinova electronic or AvantGard hybrid pianos such as the NU1, N1, N2 or N3. For these instruments, either contact Yamaha or CAE Sound )
"Regulation" is the term for making all the needed adjustments in the keys, action and pedals so that your piano can play through its full dynamic range and with good repetition. (There can be as many as 20 adjustments per key.)
q Touchup Regulation: set hammer blow distance, adjust for lost motion, set let-off, and adjust back checks
q Basic Regulation: (repairs and adjustments necessary to bring regulation to a good level): ease keys, check and correct key height/dip, adjust: blow distance, lost motion, let off, checking, aftertouch, dampers to pedal, center pedal, soft pedal and bridal wires.
q Complete Regulation: (all repairs and adjustments needed to achieve a fine regulation). All Basic Regulation, plus: replace key punchings, level and adjust keys, set key dip, align all action parts, space and travel hammers, full damper regulation
q Partial Damper Regulation
q Full Damper Regulation: adjust all dampers from scratch.
q Purchase / Repairs Estimate - $150
Are you considering buying or selling a piano? For the Repairs Estimate, I will do a full evaluation and provide written documentation on the condition of the piano. This can be very useful in your purchase decision or to help you convince a buyer on the quality of your piano.
If you are in the market for a new or used piano, I highly recommend getting copies of Larry Fine's books: "The Piano Book" and "The Piano Book 2007-2008 Supplement". These are rich in information on buying pianos, histories of piano brands, relative comparisons of brands and retail pricing information. An online version may be accessed through http://www.pianobuyer.com/
For buying or selling pianos, it's hard to beat Craigslist. Just spending some time on the pianos page will quickly calibrate you on the typical prices of used pianos. It also doesn't hurt to check other cities if you have a particular brand and model in mind.