BOOKS TO LEARN PIANO TUNING
These are the best starting point
both beginners or the most zealous professionals.
THREE MOST USEFUL BOOKS
IN THE PIANO PROFESSION
SERVICING, TUNING, AND REPAIRING
By ARTHUR A. REBLITZ
The first edition
of this world famous book has sold over 45,000 copies and has become the classic
manual for piano technicians and amateurs internationally. Originally published
in 1976, Piano Servicing has now been updated and expanded, incorporating
the experience of another decade and a half of exacting service and restoration
by the author. Bibliography and index included, 8 1/2" x 11", and hundreds
of illustrations. Close to 300 pages of the
best information available
for the professional tuner / technician. College textbook quality, but at trade
We have a few copies of 2nd edition available for $16 while supplies last.
Plus-- Arthur Reblitz' paperback book above....
Kurk Combo (See below)
Steve Van Nattan's CD of Professional Level Tuning Instruction,
which is ONLY
found on the CD
The CD includes all offerings online and in print.
PLAYER PIANO SERVICING
By ARTHUR REBLITZ
A superb book that touches on every aspect of its title.
8-1/2" x 1 1", 216 pages, profusely illustrated with fine photographs and diagrams.
The most comp-rehensive book on the subject ever written. Those with casual
or professional interest in player pianos will find this book fascinating and
indispensable. The non-player aspects of a piano are not covered in this book.
For that, you need the book above.
Paperback $ 30.00
WONDERS OF THE PIANO
By CATHERINE C. BIELEFELDT
is the best book I have seen on the piano as an instrument, how it is manufactured,
and the history of the piano. Catherine Beilefeldt is deeply involved in a piano
restoration company south of Chicago, and the Piano Technician's Guild maintains
very close contact with her. This book is used by Guild members as a text book
in training curricula. Catherine held three positions with Steinway in her earlier
days, and Steinway made a great resource contribution to this book.
have been disturbed, ever since I started my business on the Internet, that I
did not have foundation information about the piano and its heritage on the site.
Here is is, and every piano teacher, musician, music teacher, concert master,
piano store owner, and every aspiring piano technician should have this book.
I have learned much while reading this book. In fact, I believe any musician will
find this book a great coffee table book by which to amuse his guests who are
into serious music.
This book does
not cover the technical issues of tuning, regulating, and restoring pianos, but
it will give you the foundation on which to build your technical and tuning skills.
in the book:
2. Out of the Past-- Into the Present
3. Five Structural Areas
of the Modern Piano
4. The Modern Grand Piano
5. The Modern Vertical (upright)
6. Piano Cabinet Construction and Cabinet Finishes
7. Basic Information
8. What's Inside the Cabinet-- Framework, Pinblock, and Cast iron Plate
9. The Soundboard, Ribs, and Bridges
10. Strings and Stringing Technique
12. The Keyboard
13. Piano Hammers-- Making the Felt and the
14. Ready for Action-- Four Types of Vertical Actions, Grand Actions,
and Action parts
15. Pedals-- Grand and Vertical Pianos
16. Piano Hardware
18. Transformation of the Piano e Forte- Part One
A Renaissance Piano- Part Two
19. Evaluating the
Quality of a Piano
There is an eleven
Size-- 9 inches by 12 inches-- 140 pages
Paperback only-- 2004
Best of all, Catherine wrote for the non-technical
person or the novice,
while the tradesman will find the book challenging and
This book cannot be mounted in a three ring binder because it
is to large.
OF THE ABOVE
Arthur Reblitz' book on Piano Servicing and Repair
SH1640 Arthur Reblitz' book on Player Piano Repair
THE WONDERS OF THE PIANO
PLUS Kurk Combo (See
PLUS Steve Van Nattan's CD of Professional
Level Tuning Instruction,
which is ONLY found on the CD
The CD includes
all offerings online and in print.
Number: "All of the above book offer"
PIANO TUNING BOOK AND CD FOR BEGINNERS --
By Dennis E. Kurk
Kurk has many years of experience tuning pianos and restoring them.
a member of the Piano Technician's Guild of America also. His book,
Tuning for Beginners, is 18 pages long, 8-1/2 by 11 inches. There are
Pianos Go Out of Tune
Preparing to Tune
Tuning a Unison
Tuning the Notes Within an Octave
Designating Intervals Within
Setting the Temperament
Varieties of Tuning Methods
of Piano Pitch
are not offering the book without the CD. This is because the CD is so essential
in learning to tune. Books on tuning lack one very important thing,
and that is sound. This
CD by Dennis Kurk is copyrighted and is done by him
to add the missing dimension, beats and
sounds as they actually occur during
a tuning. The tape is keyed verbally to the book very well,
and the sound
quality is exceptional. This combo teaching tool will also add greatly to the
tuning lessons on my CD (see above).
Part Number-- kurkcombo/cd
combo includes an audio CD of the beats and sounds of tuning instead of a cassette
TUNING, REPAIR, REGULATION,
AND RESTORATION BOOKS
SH1750 - PIANOS INSIDE OUT
By Mario Igrec
Newly published 2013! An in-depth look at the history, design, and maintenance
of the piano. Provides practical, step-by-step guidance to anyone who wants to
learn how to tune, repair, regulate, voice, rebuild, or improve the action
performance of pianos. $ 80.00
PIANO TUNER'S POCKET COMPANION -- 132 pages
By OLIVER C.
A complete history and description of grand and upright piano
actions, together with
a list of common faults and how to correct them. The
second section of the book
explains the theory of tuning with notes on harmony,
acoustics and temperament. This is more of an "antique" book than one that has the latest service information.
A GUIDE TO RESTRINGING -- Paper back only
By JOHN W. TRAVIS
This 288 page book
written by the former president of NAPT contains over 350
scales, and a wealth of information on stringing procedure.
and simply presented by an expert craftsman. If you have reason to
the scale on a piano was changed, you need this book to learn the original scale.
-- PIANO TUNING
By J. CREE FISCHER
5-1/4" x 8", 201 pages 17 lessons starting with notes on the
of the piano, regulating and repairing, setting the
temperament, the study
and practice of piano tuning, and also tuning
and repairing reed organs.
Finally a lesson on Professional Hints.
PROFESSIONAL PIANO TUNING
W. DEAN HOWELL
The author is a Craftsman member of the Piano Technicians
Guild, and a past
president of the Connecticut Chapter, with more than forty
years of tuning experience.
Here is a fresh and authoritative text in ten
chapters. A few interesting items covered include:
HOW TO-- cope with harmonic
problems in the little piano--use a tuning
touch tester-tune new strings--
raise pitch to A-440-- Lower pitch to A-440--
Finish tune any piano to sound
its best-- tune two or more pianos together.
Published by American
Piano Supply Co. -- 127 pages
SH1605 -- HOW TO
BUY A GOOD USED PIANO
By WILLARD M. LEVERETT
70 page paperback that lets the buyer be aware of the pros and cons in
used piano market. Well illustrated, this concise text could
alert the piano
buyer to potential disappointment.
DVD VERSION Part
THE PIANO-- ITS ACOUSTICS
The author, formerly associate professor of physics at
The College of Emporia, Emporia, Kansas, and Craftsman Member of
Technician's Guild wrote this book with the hope that it would
to piano technicians, piano teachers and their students.
It is a book on
the nature of sound, and the physical aspects of countless
factors that affect
the sound and tone quality of pianos. Serious piano
technicians will want
to read and own this excellent reference book.
194 pages, hardback, 5-3/4"
-- THE PIANO BOOK
By LARRY FINE
A guide to buying a new
or used piano.244 pages, 8-1/2' x 11" , 4th edition.
The author is a Registered Craftsman
member of the Piano Technicians Guild.
An excellent investment for the potential
piano buyer, but also brimming with
general information helpful to anyone
involved in sales or service of pianos.
PIANO ATLAS (11TH EDITION)
of the Piano Business." Includes nearly 12,000 names providing
to serial numbers, dates of manufacture, factory locations and
information. This is my personal favorite for this data.
This is the
most complete piano identifying source on earth.
SH1671-- THE PIANO ACTION HANDBOOK
Packed with regulation
specifications for most pianos currently made, and
many that are no longer
in production. Editor Randy Potter has included
regulation procedures and
checklists for verticals and grands. Also included
are names and addresses
of current manufacturers.
Published by The Piano Technicians Guild.
SH1631-- THE PIANO
PIANO TECHNICIAN'S GUIDE FOR THE PIANO OWNER
By PHILLIP GURLIK
34 page pamphlet aimed at assisting the piano owner in under standing the
instrument and why it needs the attention that it does. By making this
available to clients, piano technicians and dealers will find many
questions will be answered clearly and authoritatively.
SCHOOL OF PIANO TECHNOLOGY VIDEO
TAPES OR DVD
By RANDY POTTER
-- Introduction to Piano Service (2 hours)
Basic and Intermediate Tuning Techniques (2 hours)
SH1730C -- Basic and Intermediate Repairing
Technique (2-1/2 Hours)
SH1730D -- Basic
and Intermediate Repairing Techniques (2 hours)
SH1730F - Polyester Repair
PIANO TUNING AND ALLIED ARTS
1 Used copy-
5th Edition- Near perfect condition- No markings or page wear
By DR WILLAM BRAD WHITE,
For many years the accepted textbook in many schools and libraries
This famous work by America's prominent author, teacher, and technician
is one every tuner,
however skilled, should read and reread to learn more
fully the details of the craft.
One of the most comprehensive and valuable
books the technician can own.
Published by American Piano Supply Co.
FIRST STEPS IN PIANO TUNING
By L. M. NADLER
A highly recommended edition for both new and experienced tuners
A 66 page paper bound book from England with 5 chapters
Construction (this chapter uses the A-435
pitch in its tables and discussion
2. Fine Tuning;
3. Setting the Pin;
5. "Showing off" the piano with chords to demonstrate
the tonal qualities.
SH1717-- ON THE SENSATIONS OF TONE
By HERMANN HELMHOLTZ
One of the world's greatest scientific classics. Nearly a century after
first publication it is still a standard text for the study of physiological
acoustics-- the scientific basis of musical theory. It is also a treasury
of knowledge for musicians and students of music. Difficult scientific
concepts are explained simply and easily for the general reader.
profusely illustrated, 6-1/8' x 9-1/4", paperback.
THE PIANO KEY AND WHIPPEN
By WALTER PFEIFFER
An analysis of
their relationships in direct blow actions.
This is the English version by
Paper copy 72 pages, 39 illustrations.
By FRANZ RUDOLF DIETZ
discussion on how to needle, file, and voice a new set of hammers.
PIANOS AND REED ORGANS
PLAYER PIANO MECHANISMS
By DR. WILLIAM BRAID WHITE
An authoritative text on the player piano action. There are
sections on Ampico Duo-Art
Welte and others invaluable if you do player work.
Published by American Piano Supply Co.
AUTOPIANO PLAYER PIANO POINTERS
An informative booklet on regulation
action removal, timing the motor,
detecting leaks, etc 31 pages, Illustrated
SH1609-- DUO-ART SERVICE
of the 48 page 1927 manual on servicing the Duo-Art reproducing mechanism.
Contains illustrations and tuning scheme diagrams.
SH1626-- WELTE-MIGNON ACTION
A reprint of the 48
page bock of instructions on How to Test and Regulate
the Auto-Deluxe Welte
Mignon Reproducing Piano
SH1708 -- AMPICO 1919
MANUAL WITH 1920 SUPPLEMENT
This rare book
goes into detail about the operating principles of the
Ampico action. Includes
many illustrations and diagrams.
-- AMPICO MANUAL AS ABOVE-- 1929 ERA -- 56 pages
Includes tuning schems
-- AMPICO 1923 INSPECTORS REFERENCE BOOK
Contains illustrations and information necessary to
gain a thorough understanding of the
working principles of the Ampico. All
explanations are based on the upright Ampico,
but apply equally as well to
AEOLIAN PLAYER PIANO SERVICE MANUAL
A service manual for the 64-Note and 88-Note
Standard Pneumatic Player Actions.
Each section of the Standard Pneumatic
Action is treated separately, and in non-technical
language. This 8-1/2"
x 11", 56 pageloose leaf reproduction of a book prepared by the
Aeolian Corporation will
assist the technician and the owner in proper care and adjustment
of Player Pianos equipped with the Standard Pneumatic Action. Illustrated with many
SH1709 -- AMPICO
MODEL A TUBING CHART
Blueprint of the tubing
for the model "A" Ampico grand, which is equally
useful for uprights. Made
from an original factory print. Although the clarity
of this reproduction
is not as good as desired, it is the best available,
and will be helpful
in servicing these old instruments. The name "Amphion"
appears on the prints,
and this is the name of the firm that made the original Ampico.
DUO-ART TUBING PRINT
This print was made from a grand piano, but it also applies
models of the Duo-Art
SH1711 -- WELTE-MIGNON (Licensee) TUBING CHARTS
Expression devices and tubing charts separately illustrated
upright and grand Welte-Mignon (Licensee) Models.
SH1666-- SIMPLEX PLAYER ACTION
40 page book. A fine reprint of the service manual of the Simplex
which was used in so many home players in the 20s. Many
drawings and photographs.
PRINCIPLES OF PLAYER
booklet on the principles and servicing of the pump type player.
for the Standard Pneumatic Action, but the book is useful for all makes
A reprint of this
1922 manual published by M. Schulz Co. The Schulz action is commonly found,
and can be troublesome to service because of its odd valve action.
ACCESSIBLE PLAYER ACTION
The Amphion is considered by many to be one of
the finest player actions ever built.
The Amphion Piano-Player Co. also built
the Model "A" Ampico mechanisms as well.
Owners of the Model "A" upright
Ampicos will find the manual very helpful.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
A reprint of more than 300 questions
and answers from the old Standard Pneumatic
monthly service magazine. This
8-1/2" x 11" pamphlet will surely assist
player servicemen-- especially those
new to the trade.
MODERN ORGAN TUNING
By HERMAN SMITH
An engaging How and Why" discussion
of the development of the pipe organ,
and the nature of the organ. Tuning
procedure and scientific principles of organs are
discussed in an interesting
manner. 120 pages.
THE REED ORGAN: ITS DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
By H. F. Milne
This 168 page soft-bound book details a vast amount of information of how reed
organs are constructed. It is a practical guide for craftsmen with instructions
making new reed organs and chapters included on tuning and voicing. This book
is out of print, but if you call or email we will send you a link to a site where you
can read it online for free.
RESTORING AND COLLECTING ANTIQUE REED ORGANS
By HORTON PRESLEY
A 310 page paperback that is a step-by-step
guide to finding, repairing,
tuning, and restoring these priceless antiques.
The most authoritative,
and easy to understand, book on the subject that
is in print today.Unfortunately
this book is out of print. Search for used copies, and expect to pay at least $50 for a copy.