Science at the Service of the Arts

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About 15 years ago I imagined a robot capable of analyzing the forces and resistances occurring when a piano is played. My goal was  to provide more information to technicians than ever before, and at a much quicker rate. Five years later,…

The Specialists’ Corner – The Fine Art of Piano Voicing (Part 2)

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(Part 1, posted on March 24) In the first instalment of this blog, voicing was defined as a technical procedure aimed at optimizing the transfer of energy from the hammers to the strings to achieve a desired instrumental sound. There are three…

Preparing a Piano for Rental

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Piano rentals are an important part of our business: it is a service not taken lightly by Oliver Esmonde-White and his fellow technicians. They even ride their reputation on it as one of the best providers of this service around. We field…

Piano Covers – A User’s Guide

Any decent performance space owns at least one concert grand. It is common practice to cover a piano between uses. The main reason to do so, of course, is to prevent it from gathering dust. But there is more to it than keeping it clean –…

The fine art of piano voicing

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(Part 1) Revised version with input from Lucas Garcia, piano technician and voicing specialist. All piano owners have called on a technician at one time or another, the most obvious reason being to get it in tune. As important as this is,…

The Dampp-Chaser System — Handle with Care

    The piano is an imposing piece of furniture to say the least. While it may seem sturdy, it can be the source of many headaches (if not heartaches) if left unchecked. Of the many problems that do arise from improper maintenance, moisture…

Welcome to the EW Piano Blog!

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With this first instalment, we invite you on a journey of discovery into the wonderful world of the piano and its many splendored things. And a journey it will be, because there is enough material out there to keep this blog afloat for months…