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!

All work and no play for the piano tuner

I’m a very tired piano tuner today, so will try and keep this blog post succinct. As always, I am thankful and appreciative of all the piano tuning requests I have received this month from folk across Leeds, Bradford and West Yorkshire. I always appreciate the extra work. If you’re looking to get your piano tuned, please head over to my availability page or drop me an email. As hectic as the Christmas season is, I’m still able to take on new customers at short notice, so don’t be a stranger…

In other news my band Apostles of Chaos (based in Leeds) have been working hard on our new album, releasing a new preview track along with the highly appropriate artwork by Paul Dews. You can pre-order the album at our label’s website Progressive Gears.

Here’s a clip of a preview of song that will appear on the album (no, it isn’t quite pitch perfect yet and will need some tweaking before commercial release!). That said, we’re all very pleased with how it turned out:

 

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Our main webpage can be found at apostlesofchaos.org

Does the Piano Tuner have any more availability over the holidays?

The short answer is yes I do, but my schedule is rather hectic during this time of year – I’m trying to fit all the piano tuning work for clients in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Sheffield, etc. and manage to tune every piano offered. I try to update my availability page every day but have struggled to manage the last two weeks due to an exceptionally heavy work load (leaving the house at 8 AM and getting home at 11 PM). Piano students across Leeds and Yorkshire are desperately trying to have their pianos tuned for recitals, end of year exams and Christmas concerts. If you are in need of a last minute appointment, please contact me – although if it’s this week you might be better phoning rather than texting as I’m almost fully booked until Sunday the 16th of December. A phone call is easier at this time of year as I can have my diary at hand to ensure we can book a time that suits us both – even though I’m busy I’m still not quite fully booked!