What Kind of Piano Should I Buy?

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When it comes to selecting the perfect piano, whether you’re a seasoned musician or a budding enthusiast, the options can seem endless. At Clare’s Player Pianos, we understand that each player has unique needs and preferences, and we’re here to help guide you through the process of choosing the right type of piano for your…

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The Fascinating Evolution of Piano Tuning: A Journey Through Time

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Piano tuning is an art that has been refined over centuries, evolving alongside the instrument itself. The history of piano tuning offers a fascinating glimpse into the development of musical tastes and technological advancement. This journey through time highlights how piano tuning has become a critical aspect of music-making, shaping the sounds that define eras…

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Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Piano

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Piano enthusiasts understand that their instrument is not just a piece of furniture, but a companion in their musical journey. Regular cleaning is important for keeping your piano looking and sounding its best.  Cleaning a piano requires more than just a swipe of a cloth; it demands care, attention, and the right technique to maintain…

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Restoring Your Piano: Worth the Cost?

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Here at Clare’s Player Pianos, we understand that the decision to restore a piano goes beyond mere aesthetics—it’s about preserving a piece of history, reigniting memories, and perhaps even investing in the future of music in your home. But the burning question remains: Is restoring your piano worth the cost? The Emotional Value First and…

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Signs Your Piano Needs Tuning

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The rich tones and smooth action of a well-tuned piano are a joy for both players and listeners. However, over time, pianos inevitably lose their perfect pitch, resulting in a less enjoyable playing experience. But how do you know when it’s time to call a professional piano tuner like Clare’s Player Pianos? Here are some…

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PianoDisc Systems: Innovation and the Potential for Sticky Keys

Steinway piano

Music lovers and pianists appreciate the nuances of the acoustic piano’s action—the mechanical way that keys connect with hammers and ultimately produce sound. While these instruments are wonders of engineering, they are also sensitive to environmental conditions and sometimes require careful calibration or attention from a technician. One modern addition to acoustic pianos is the…

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A Piano Tuner’s Tools of the Trade

Piano tuner's tools

In the world of piano tuning, where precision meets artistry, one method stands out for its ability to create a unique and vibrant sound: stretch tuning. This specialized technique involves stretching the piano’s strings to produce a rich and expressive tone. To achieve this intricate tuning method, professional piano tuners rely on a specific set…

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All About Our Piano Restoration Service

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Piano restoration is a labor of love that involves skilled craftsmanship and a deep appreciation for preserving musical heritage. Antique pianos hold a special place in the world of music. They are like musical time capsules, carrying history and stories within their keys.  In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the process…

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Tuning an Antique Piano

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Here at Clare’s, we get a lot of requests to tune antique pianos. We employ a special technique known as “stretch tuning” to bring out the unique character and rich tones of antique pianos. In this article, we’ll take you through our stretch tuning process. Step 1: Understanding Stretch Tuning Stretch tuning is more than…

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A Guide to Popular Piano Brands

popular piano brands

Pianos are more than just instruments; they’re windows into emotions and melodies. Finding the right piano involves a balance of craftsmanship, sound quality, and budget. In this guide, we’ll delve into well-known acoustic piano brands, dissect their unique traits, and compare prices. Additionally, we’ll introduce you to Story & Clark, a brand that brings its…

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