Piano Manual: Buying, Using and Maintaining a Piano

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Haynes manuals are now being published on a wide range of subjects, including musical instruments – and here comes coverage of one of the most popular and versatile instruments of all. This manual explains the essentials of buying a piano before moving on to the meat of the book – the care and maintenance of a piano. A trouble-shooting section explains how to check condition and diagnose common piano ailments, and then three maintenance chapters follow, detailing different levels. The ‘easy’ section covers ...
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Overview


Haynes manuals are now being published on a wide range of subjects, including musical instruments – and here comes coverage of one of the most popular and versatile instruments of all. This manual explains the essentials of buying a piano before moving on to the meat of the book – the care and maintenance of a piano. A trouble-shooting section explains how to check condition and diagnose common piano ailments, and then three maintenance chapters follow, detailing different levels. The ‘easy’ section covers routine tasks that anyone can and should do; ‘moderate’ looks at maintenance and repair that someone with good DIY skills can achieve; and ‘advanced’ covers work that is usually best left to professionals but that it’s nonetheless good to know about.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844254859
  • Publisher: Haynes Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,264,308
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


John Bishop has run his own business as a piano tuner/technician since 1978. He has also imported and exported pianos and other musical instruments (see www.getintune.co.uk). He's been a self-employed keyboard player since 1964. Bands and solo, rock to Fats Waller. Since 1978 he has also lectured at colleges/universities, covering a variety of subjects within the Business Studies/Economics area. Most recently, an MSc course for graduate engineers at Warwick University. He is a Music/music technology and economics consultant to funding body NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) 2001-2006.

Graham Barker is a technical writer who knows little about pianos, but proved to be the ideal person to organize this manual into something even he could understand.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    Don't take the contents literally they are scattered with inaccuracies, don't buy

    As an experienced restorer and tuner of pianos for many years this manual is not up to expectation, especially in the repair sections with many inappropriate methods described and earlier chapters of background information. For example (page 19) I thought Erard patented the double escapement action in 1821, not Steinway in 1859. Elsewhere in the book there is a range of extraordinary sweeping opinions such as `Many players are dismayed by their first encounter with a grand; they find it heavy and ponderous, and have trouble playing fast...you need to be an athlete'. Has the author not encountered and appreciated `Bechstein' and Bluthner grand pianos, with their light and responsive keyboard actions - even unrestored!?

    So, there are almost 200 pages of good images and potentially useful content but at least 125 pages require corrections. Technical information is erratic and more is required if the book is going to live up to its introductory claim (page 7) about being of interest to `professional' and `serious' players. Also on this page it states `if you yearn to take your piano to bits and put it confidently back together, the information you need is here'. Well, I must warn that the piano repair chapters are far from being clearly laid out in a logical workshop process and to me a muddle, for instance the first task of dismantling the upright action is described towards the end of the relevant chapters.

    If you want to have a bit of fun with a worthless piano, please do. But if you are a genuine player hoping to improve your beloved instrument the chances are non existent. All the areas of piano work, especially tuning, are highly skilled and it takes many years of experience to become competent, there is no warning about this and much damage can easily be done, especially if the manual in question is `faulty' in the first place...

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