Pianos: Care and Restoration

Overview

This comprehensive guide enables anyone with practical common sense and musical awareness to revive an ailing piano. At the same time, the author does not underrate the part played by the professional tuner and technician ; indeed he suggests that co-operation of amateur and professional in the care of a piano is the ideal arrangement. The book deals with both upright and grand pianos in detail, explaining how they are constructed and the many factors contributing to their musical quality. It discusses the tools ...

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Overview

This comprehensive guide enables anyone with practical common sense and musical awareness to revive an ailing piano. At the same time, the author does not underrate the part played by the professional tuner and technician ; indeed he suggests that co-operation of amateur and professional in the care of a piano is the ideal arrangement. The book deals with both upright and grand pianos in detail, explaining how they are constructed and the many factors contributing to their musical quality. It discusses the tools and materials required for restoration and gives full instructions for the repair and adjustment of the resonant parts, actions and keyboards which are most often encountered. A separate chapter is devoted to tuning and the sensitive hammers. The final chapter considers approaches to purchasing and restoring older pianos. Wherever possible the text has been illustrated with line drawings and photographs and at the end there is a Glossary of Terms to help the reader through the maze of piano terminology. This book teaches the pianist and would-be craftsman not only what to expect from his or her chosen instrument but how repairs and adjustments can be carried out to improve its performance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718824631
  • Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1980
  • Series: Practical Handbook Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric R. A. N. Smith, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Eric R.A.N. Smith is associate professor of political science and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at Brandeis University and then at Columbia University before moving to U.C. Santa Barbara. From 1996 to 1997 he was the director of U.C. Santa Barbara's Washington D.C. Center. His research focuses on public opinion, elections, and environmental politics. Dr. Smith is the author of The Unchanging American Voter (University of California Press), Energy, the Environment, and Public Opinion (Rowman & Littlefield), and numerous articles in journals such as American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Psychology, and Society and Natural Resources. Professor Smith enjoys teaching and has taught a wide range of classes-including introduction to American government and politics, public opinion and elections, political parties, Congress, and environmental politics. He believes that to understand and appreciate politics, students should both study academic theories about politics and be exposed to real politics and politicians. Toward that end, Professor Smith teaches his Congress course based on a simulation of the U.S. House of Representatives; he regularly brings politicians into his classes to talk with his students; and he sponsors dozens of internships in local, state, and national politics. Smith is not only a scholar who studies politics; he is also an active participant inpolitics. He sponsors one of the political clubs on his campus and has worked in campaigns ranging from local to national office.

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