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Piano tuner's tools

A Piano Tuner’s Tools of the Trade

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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piano restoration

All About Our Piano Restoration Service

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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antique piano tuning

Tuning an Antique Piano

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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popular piano brands

A Guide to 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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sticky keys

What Causes Sticky Keys?

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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QRS PNOmation Player System

What’s so Special About the QRS PNOmation Player System?

Have you ever wished that your piano could play music by itself? With the QRS PNOmation player system, that dream can become a reality. This system includes everything you need to have your piano play itself, including the PNOmation Playback Engine, Controller and Processor, and a speaker for background music. Piano WiFi Interface One of…

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common piano problems

5 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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Modern vs antique player pianos

Differences Between Modern and Antique Player Pianos

Player pianos have existed since the late 1800s and have advanced with technology over time. Today, there are two main kinds of player pianos: modern electric ones and antique pneumatic ones.  Modern electric player pianos use electronic sensors and solenoids to manage the keys and pedals, while antique pneumatic ones use a complex air pressure…

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