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What is a Piano Belly?

What is a Piano Belly?

The Piano Belly consists of: A Soundboard Bridges The outer rims of the piano The Pinblock. The Soundboard, made typically of spruce, acts as an acoustic amplifier. The Bridge works as a transducer, transferring the vibrations of the strings to the soundboard. The rim...
Open Heart Piano Surgery

Open Heart Piano Surgery

Patient: A 1986 Steinway D concert grand piano Symptoms: Piano has difficulty staying in tune, despite repeated, frequent tunings Diagnosis: Patient needs to have pinblock replaced. At Cunningham Piano Company, we specialize in making sick pianos well again, thanks to...
We’ve been framed! (by a piano frame!)

We’ve been framed! (by a piano frame!)

The piano frame is the heaviest part of the piano, weighing in at around 450 pounds for a grand piano, providing the main tensile strength for modern instruments. Cast iron frames have been used in piano designs since the 1870’s. Prior to cast iron frames,...
What is “Piano Action”?

What is “Piano Action”?

Piano action is all of the moving parts that connect a pianist’s fingers to the strings. It starts with the white and black keys and ends with felt covered hammers. In between, there are dozens of parts for each key to help control the entire range of the hammer...
What does it mean to rebuild a piano?

What does it mean to rebuild a piano?

In simplest terms, rebuilding or remanufacturing a piano puts the instrument into the best possible condition. The process is anything but simple. Responsible rebuilding is done by carefully and thoughtfully choosing replacement materials of a specific design. The...
Are Old Pianos Better Than New Pianos?

Are Old Pianos Better Than New Pianos?

Are old pianos better than new ones? The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to...

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