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All work and no play for the Leeds Piano Tuner

What a change of fortune – he’s had so many requests that the piano tuner is almost fully booked. Almost.

If anyone urgently needs the Leeds and Bradford piano tuner, he’ll be available across West Yorkshire on Sunday from 2 PM. Please bear in mind that he also has an extensive customer list in Sheffield and South Yorkshire so isn’t available every day for piano tuning in Leeds. If you’d like to contact him, it would be more convinient to arrange something for the week beginning April the 15th.

In the meantime, keep on practicing your scales and try to keep a Handel on it.

– Piano Tuner Leeds.

New-found fame for the piano tuner

In between tuning pianos and repairing broken hammer flanges, the Leeds and Bradford Piano Tuner has been working hard on writing a debut album with his band Apostles of Chaos. A proggish blend of classic and modern rock, there have been very flattering comparisons to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy in the first reviews. Unfortunately no piano-playing appears on the album, it’s all keyboards, guitars, bass, vocals and drums. Next time I’m in the studio a few arpeggiated chords on a perfectly tuned Yamaha U1 will be thrown in for good measure!

If you would be kind enough to support an up and coming band, please give us a ‘thumbs up’ wherever you see us on social media and buy the album at the following links:

Progressive Gears Bandcamp Page – Listen for yourself

Progressive Gears Homepage – Buy the CD

I have a beautiful Victorian piano in the family – would the piano tuner be willing to restring it for me?

The piano tuner has recently received several enqueries from piano owners in the Leeds and Bradord region requesting a complete piano restringing of an antique piano. Now, if a piano is in a condition where it needs a complete restringing then it will almost certainly need other extensive repairs on the action, pinplock and soundboard.

Pianos made before 1950 can be nice to look at, but unlike other instruments such as guitars and violins, pianos unfortunately do not increase in value (or tonal quality) as they age. Even a top tier Bluthner or Bechstein will likely not hold much value today if it was made before 1930, even if it’s in good condition. If you live in the Leeds or Bradford area, then the piano tuner will be willing to tune and tighten the wrest pins for a modest £40. But if you are going down the expensive road of restoring an aged piano, you first need to be aware of the pianos worth. I’m certainly not averse to a partial or complete restoration job, but I need it to be cost effective for the customer before I can start it in good conscience. The price of restringing a piano will be in the range of £1000 to £1200 when taking into account the price of a set of strings and wrest pins plus labour costs – and as I say, it will likely need other extensive repairs to the action and/or the soundboard and pinblock.

One can usually tell a pianos age by certain features that date it from a certain peroid. For example, a typical Victorian piano may be adorned with candle holders on a tapestried front panel or it might have quaint London or swan legs on the front of the keyboard. Failing that, a serial number is often found inside the piano, which enables the Leeds piano tuner to identify the exact year of manufacture.

Life outside Leeds Piano Tuning… news on the debut album from my band.

When I’m not piano tuning in Leeds, I’m playing guitar in the rock band Apostles of Chaos and doing what I can to promote the project. Stylistically it’s retro rock with some progressive elements – no two songs sound the same. We recorded the album at Moorcroft Studios, Cleckheaton quite quickly but I’m pleased with how it turned out. You can pre-order the album at Progressive Gears. It will be released on the 14th of February 2019.

Have a little faith…

 

Piano Tuner Leeds back on the road….

After Saturday’s traumatic incident/accident, my sister Katherine Lidster has kindly lent me her Volkswagen UP (which I’m insured to drive) for the week, so I can get back to piano tuning in Leeds right away. If you need a piano tuning in Leeds urgently, Sunday during the afternoon or evening would work best, or possibly a day next week – I’m fully booked until Sunday now. I won’t be working as much in the mornings for the next few weeks as I’m dedicating a few hours a day to music and improving my general health and fitness. I’m still shaken up after the car crash – I was a split second away from losing my life, but on the other hand it has given me the desire to live adventurously.

Piano tuner out of service – for now

Due to unforseen circumstances, my working hours next week will be limited. The best way to find out if I could tune your piano is to email me at richard@pianotunersheffield.co.uk or phone my mobile 07542667040. I won’t be listing my availability on this Piano Tuner Leeds website this week as it will be sporadic and dependent upon your location. This is because on the drive from Sheffield to Leeds today, I happily crashed my car like an idiot causing me to be without a vehicle for the forseeable future. I will be relying on friends and relatives for transport until I’m able to hire a car. Thankfully no one was hurt, but it’s very annoying – I’d previously kept it in excellent condition and had a lot of fond memories attached to it.

Hard times….

Happy New Year From Piano Tuner Leeds

Well wishes to all my piano tuning clients in Leeds, Bradford and West Yorkshire – I hope 2018 brought you lots of joy. As glasses are raised and fireworks explode in the sky I hope you spare your piano a thought. If it’s been longer than six months since your piano was tuned and serviced, it’s time to give piano tuner Leeds a call. While piano tuning in the Kirkstall area of Leeds I found an important message inside a 1970s Bentley piano:

What happens if someone spills a drink on my piano?

As New Years Eve approaches, many people are planning a party for family and friends. Don’t let them use your piano as a resting place for drinks and nibbles. I was chatting to a piano tuning customer in Alwoodley, Leeds earlier today who told me a dreadful tale of how he once spilt can of coke all down the interior of his 1929 Steinway upright. The hammers, jacks, flanges, wippens, centre pins and dampers were drenched! He immediately phoned the piano tuner who came round and told him off. When someone spills a drink inside a piano the damage is often irreversible, so prevention is better than cure. Your Bradford and Leeds piano tuner will have the appropriate cleaning tools to clean the piano action and reduce the damage, although some regulation work will probably be needed if sticky liquids have come into contact with the centre pins. Whatever you do, be careful!