Aside from providing piano tuning services in the Calgary area, the following services are also available. Due to Calgary’s dry climate pianos often suffer the consequences, which can result in shrinking or cracking to many of the major wood components.
Touch regulation, hammer voicing, and key leveling services can be done in your home. Larger jobs such as hammer carding or hammer replacement, bridal strap replacement, and other parts replacement are best done by taking the action (the hammer assembly) into the shop.
Rebuilding & Restoration
Rebuilding or restoration services are available, which include:
- Tuning pin and piano string replacement. If the pin block of a piano has shrunk to the point where the tuning pins are slipping, they need to be replaced with slightly larger ones. New strings are also installed during this process.
- Bridge Repair/Replacement. The bridge of the piano is the wooden strip that transfers the vibrations of the strings to the soundboard (just like a bridge on an acoustic guitar). This bridge can be subject to cracking, or coming loose as a result of dryness. These issues need to be dealt with by repairing or replacing the bridge.
- Soundboard Repair. The soundboard of a quality piano is usually made from Sitka Spruce, due to its excellence in sound quality. The soundboard can be compared to the top of an acoustic guitar, and it acts as the “speaker” that amplifies the sound. Again because of dryness, the soundboard can crack. If these cracks get to the point where they are buzzing or rattling against the ribs (supporting strips on the back), then these cracks need to be dealt with. For more information about soundboard repair, please visit www.bluebookofpianos.com/soundbds.htm
- Chipped Key Repair or Replacement. Chipped Ivory keytops can be repaired with a dental acrylic. If there are too many chips or the damage is too severe then the key tops need to be replaced with plastic.
Most of the above services are best done in the shop. In some cases the entire piano needs to be moved.
Extreme Piano Moving specializes in this, a company that provides professional, punctual, and skilled service. We will arrange for your piano moving to the shop, or if you are relocating you can contact Fraser at (403) 860-8994.