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Saturday, 22 October 2011
Top Secret Performing at Sept 2010 TCPTG Meeting
Now Playing: It's a Wonderful World and Others
Topic: Barbershop

"Top Secret" is a registered quartet in the International Barbershop Harmony Society.  Based in Roseville, we are also part of the Greater St Paul Northstar Chorus.  We perform 4 part men's a cappella music in the barbershop style on the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.  Click on the link to hear Top Secret performing at Sept 2010 TCPTG (Twin Cities Piano Technicians Guild) Meeting

Dean

www.dierspiano.com 


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 2:20 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 25 October 2011 9:19 AM CDT
Thursday, 20 October 2011
"What's in a Name" Part 1
Topic: Buying or Selling

SHAKESPEARE ONCE SAID, "What's in a name?"  When piano making was in it's hey day in the early 1900's in the U.S. there were hundreds of different name brands (manufacturers) of pianos.  Think about it, in 1910 there were no computers, no video games, no television, and radio was still a decade away.  A home entertainment center consisted of a big upright piano, some sheet music and parlor games.  Over the years, piano companies went the way of the railroads with smaller companies getting bought out by larger ones, many firms were merging into large conglomerates, and less profitable ones simply going out of business.  By the end of the 1930s, the lion's share of piano names existed only on paper.  The pianos of this era, however, tended to be made with very good materials by top-notch craftsmen, and it is amazing how many 80 - 100 year-old pianos are still in use today.

Dean

www.dierspiano.com


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 8:48 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:08 AM CDT
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Part 4: Prevention
Topic: Soundboards

Anything you can do to maintain a constant humidity in your home will reap huge benefits for your piano.  Central air for summer humidity and humidifiers in the winter all help in tuning stability and promote good soundboard "health".  Keeping your piano away from heat and A/C ducts, fireplaces, and out of direct sunlight are essential in preventing soundboard cracks.  Installing a humidity control system inside the piano is the best way of maintaining a proper environment for the piano and keeping it in top condition to last a lifetime.

Dean

www.dierspiano.com


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 8:54 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 7:08 PM CDT
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Part 3:Causes of Cracked Soundboards
Topic: Soundboards

Because soundboards are large thin wooden panels, they are very susceptible to humidity changes.  In areas with large humidity swings (like Minnesota) the soundboard can swell and contract quite a bit with the seasons, taking the tuning up and down with it.  In extreme dry conditions, or if the piano is placed in front of a large heat source, it can shrink so much that it will crack.  In some cheaper Asian made pianos, the wood isn't always seasoned well enough before manufacture to withstand the North American climate, making it also more susceptible to cracking.

Dean

www.dierspiano.com


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 12:53 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 7:09 PM CDT
Friday, 14 October 2011
Part 2: What is a Soundboard?
Topic: Soundboards

If you look at the back of an upright piano, you will see a large thin wooden panel that comprises most of the back of the piano.  This will have diagonal slats (ribs) glued to it.  If you tap on this with your finger, you will notice the amplification of sound that this creates.  On a grand piano, you can find the soundboard inside, under the strings, and often with a decal bearing the piano's maker.  Underneath, the grand will look much like the back of an upright.  Soundboards of some cheaper pianos are laminated (like plywood) and claim they will never crack.  The best soundboards are tight grained spruce panels from old growth trees that produce the highest quality tone amplification.

Dean

www.dierspiano.com


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 9:41 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 7:11 PM CDT
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Dean Diers Piano Service Contact information
Topic: Home Page

Visit our website at: www.dierspiano.com

e-mail us at:  pianoman@diers.us

phone:  763-444-6683


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 11:46 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 7:18 PM CDT
Intro to Cracked Soundboards
Topic: Soundboards

IF I HAD A NICKLE for every time I heard someone say, "It has a cracked soundboard so it can't be tuned," I would be wealthy indeed.  Contrary to popular belief, a cracked soundboard has nothing to do with the tuning.  Many pianos have cracked soundboards, but still are wonderful instruments.  Sometimes, though, a crack can be severe enough to cause rib separation resulting in a buzzing sound while playing the piano.  Fortunately, this situation can be remedied by repairing the soundboard/rib joint to eliminate buzzing.  Stay tuned for Part Two:  What is a Soundboard?

Dean

www.dierspiano.com


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 5:18 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 7:19 PM CDT
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Tips on Selling
Topic: Buying or Selling

As you get ready to sell your piano, you probably have several thoughts going through your mind.  What is it worth?  How do I go about selling it? First, have it tuned.  "What?" you're thinking, "I just want to sell it, not spend more money on it!"  If your piano has just been tuned, it will sound better than the hundreds of out of tune pianos for sale out there, and show buyers that it has been cared for.  When I do a presale tuning I can give you an idea of what it is worth, condition, tips on marketing and give an expert opinion to potential buyers.

Dean

www.dierspiano.com


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 5:20 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 16 October 2011 2:31 PM CDT
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Fall: A Great Time to Sell
Topic: Buying or Selling

Fall, my favorite time of year, is now in full swing.  After a summer full of storms, the weather now has been just glorious, the leaves are turning, and the nights now have a bit of chill.  Fall is also a great time if you are planning on selling your piano.  School has started, piano lessons are beginning for the year, and the holidays are not far off.  Many people at this time of year are looking for a good, used piano to get a child started in lessons, and churches looking to upgrade are now seeing that need. 

Dean

www.dierspiano.com


Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 3:27 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 16 October 2011 2:33 PM CDT

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