Restoring Your Piano: Worth the Cost?

antique piano

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

antique piano tuning

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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What Causes Sticky Keys?

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Pianos are incredible musical instruments that can touch our hearts and souls. However, even the best pianos can run into problems, and one of the most common issues is sticky keys. Today we’ll help you understand why this happens and how to make your piano play smoothly again. Why Keys Get Sticky Sticky keys can…

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Black Friday Player Installation Deal

Available in November 2023 only: 20% off our player piano conversion + bonus library with 7000 songs If you’ve wanted to turn your regular piano into a player piano, there’s no better time than now! During the month of November, we are offering a 20% discount on our installation of the Certified QRS PNOmation system. …

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5 Common Piano Problems

common piano problems

Five common piano problems are tuning instability, sticky keys, noisy action parts, aging parts, and environmental factors. Pianos are delicate instruments that need consistent maintenance and care to stay in prime condition. Despite your best efforts, pianos can develop issues over time due to various factors. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some common piano…

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What Are Common Player Piano Problems?

Player piano repair

Here at Clare’s Player Pianos, we’ve seen all sorts of issues with player pianos over the years. In this article, we’ll talk about common issues with player pianos and the repairs they require. Common player piano problems include damaged or dirty piano rolls, air leaks, malfunctioning valves, loose or broken wires, and poorly maintained mechanisms.…

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