Richard Smith

  • Piano Pitfalls #6 – Tuners

    PIANO TUNERS

    At present, the old time piano tuner/craftsman is fairly rare. He was the family tuner who cleaned, tuned, regulated and voiced the family instrument for years.

    The father/son relationship in piano tuning has almost ceased to exist, although …

  • Piano Pitfalls #5

    VERMIN

    When buying a used instrument from a private home it is not uncommon to be greeted with “it was Grannies, hasn’t been played for thirty years and it’s in beautiful order!!!”

    Question: When was it last tuned and by

  • Piano Pitfalls #4

    IVORY OR COMPOSITION KEYS.

    The most beautiful feel to any pianist is the smooth, even and soft touch of an ivory keyboard. In Australia, we may have seen the last of ivory as a keyboard top, due to the customs …

  • Piano Pitfalls #3 – Strings

    by Richard Smith

    Mr Richard Smith was a highly respected teacher of keyboards in the City of Wollongong NSW.

    At the turn of the 20th century, most over-damper pianos were “straight strung”. This means that all strings, both bass and …

  • Piano Pitfalls #2 – Frames

    by Richard Smith

    Mr Richard Smith was a highly respected teacher of keyboards in the City of Wollongong NSW.

    Frames – Wooden or Iron?

    In N.S.W. alone, there are literally hundreds of pianos with wooden frames, in my district of …

  • Piano Pitfalls #1 – Buying a Used Piano

    by Richard Smith

    FOR SALE
    Small piano suitable for beginner or student,
    Reasonable price. Ring xxxxxxx

    Advertisements similar to this appear regularly in most classifieds. Having seen this ad, most Mums and Dads (not aware of pitfalls and not wanting …