Austin Piano Tex - Tuning, Repairs, Restorations

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06/27/2021

Piano alert! Some kind clients are upgrading their piano in Cedar Park, and would like to pay to have this piano moved on the same day they move in their new piano. They are giving it away for free to a good home. It is a 1903 Kimball. The cabinet was actually refinished in the 70's, by my client's father. I saw it today, and in the brief time I had with it, I think with 5-10 hours of work it will continue to serve beginning and intermediate students for some time to come. DM for details and to arrange moving/restoration work.

Piano alert! Some kind clients are upgrading their piano in Cedar Park, and would like to pay to have this piano moved on the same day they move in their new piano. They are giving it away for free to a good home. It is a 1903 Kimball. The cabinet was actually refinished in the 70's, by my client's father. I saw it today, and in the brief time I had with it, I think with 5-10 hours of work it will continue to serve beginning and intermediate students for some time to come. DM for details and to arrange moving/restoration work.

wwoz.org 04/26/2020

WWOZ Piano Night 2020

While we may not be able to gather right now, you can mark your calendar for Monday night 4/27 as piano night in New Orleans live on WWOZ! Hope everyone is staying safe. https://www.wwoz.org/pianonight

wwoz.org Join us on Monday, April 27 at 7pm central, where WWOZ Piano Night From Our Homes to Yours will be streaming via WWOZ's page, on our YouTube channel, and on WWOZ.org.

08/31/2019

Does piano cleaning make a difference? Mmm hmmm.

02/08/2019

Learning from the best...

02/07/2019

Hello from the night before Piano Tech Convention in Denton. Always nice to find world class jazz on your night off. Looking forward to the working vacation weekend!

guitarorb.com 07/28/2018

Intonation Ear Trainer - Pick Subtle Differences in Pitch

Fun experience today when a client asked if he could test my ability to hear small differences in pitch. I scored 2.3% of a semitone on this quiz! 🏋️‍♂️

How did you do?

http://www.guitarorb.com/intonation-ear-trainer

guitarorb.com Develop your intonation by picking the difference between notes that are less than a semitone apart.

07/02/2018

Austin Piano Tex - Tuning, Repairs, Restorations

11/21/2017

Happy Birthday to New Orleans Piano legend Mac Rebennack aka Dr. John!

The Good Doctor cutting his Mac Month birthday kickoff cake! Tomorrow is Dr. John Day in New Orleans, as proclaimed by the New Orleans City Council.

youtube.com 08/09/2017

Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly" - Pianist Nick Litterski - YouTube

Recorded this July at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis. Five days of fantastic classes from the best and brightest piano technician minds in the world! To say it was inspiring is understatement. Enjoy the video of this vintage rebuilt Steinway from the floor of the exhibition hall. As always, stay tuned. 😎🎹

youtube.com I had a chance to play some of the best pianos in the world at this year's PTG convention in St. Louis. This rebuilt Steinway had tone in the low tenor for ...

07/13/2017

Day 1 at Piano Technicians Guild convention in St Louis!

06/13/2017

Why It's Impossible to Tune a Piano

Some fun exploration of the math behind piano tuning. If you're curious about how we piano techs do the magic, this is a great place to start!

Pianos can't be perfectly tuned - it's a mathematical fact! Thanks to http://www.audible.com/minutephysics for supporting MinutePhysics. Equal tempered tunin...

04/25/2017

Reshaping Hammer Felt

07/21/2016

Austin Piano Tex - Summer 2016 Newsletter

The newsletter is live! I'm traveling for a month but will have access to email. We are booking tuning appointments starting from the last week of August! In this edition: learn all about how to safely clean the piano.

us7.campaign-archive1.com I'll be traveling starting this Friday through August 20th, visiting family in Wisconsin and then headed to Yosemitie National Park for adventure camping, which will be the first time I've visited this great National Park!

austinpianofestival.com 05/24/2016

Austin Piano Festival - Karolina Syrovatkova

I'm excited that a former client of mine is performing and giving a masterclass at the upcoming Austin Piano Festival. Hooray!

austinpianofestival.com Austin Piano Festival brings distinguished classical pianists to Austin throughout the year. We are excited to introduce the fine performers and to bring to Austin concerts, masterclasses, and exciting classical music events!

04/12/2016

Getting the keys in shape for this beautiful Vose and Sons from the golden age of American piano. New keytops and restored bushings are the first brick in the foundation of a great sounding and playing piano!

12/04/2015

The black keys played at my workshop last night!

09/27/2015

A neighbor is moving and is letting go of this piano. He asked me to put this out there to see if anyone was interested. There is some cost involved to have piano professionally moved, tuned, and set up. Contact me for more details. Thanks!

09/01/2015

“I believe that the justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.”
- Glenn Gould

us7.campaign-archive1.com 12/02/2014

Austin Piano Tex - Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter

The 2014 Newsletter has gone live! Happy Holidays, y'all.

us7.campaign-archive1.com Howdy y'all! Welcome to the fourth installment of the Austin Piano Tex newsletter!It has been a while since the last time I've written. Where have I been? A few places, some familiar, some new. Since the last newsletter I have tuned pianos all over Portland, Wisconsin, and Austin. Travelling with…

11/19/2014

Worked on this 1870's English piano this month. The action is a "birdcage", an antiquated version of the piano action. The second picture I am using Protek to make the action come to life. It was restored sometime in the last 20 years. It may go for another hundred!

10/24/2014

Hi y'all, and welcome to the new folks. I'd just like to say how grateful I am to be able to serve as your piano technician. Between tuning, teaching, and playing, music is the sun around which I revolve. May you experience the highest vibration today and everyday. As always, stay tuned. :)

08/11/2014

This weekend I added two new levers to my piano tuning arsenal. When I return from vacation on Sept 2nd, its on! Out-of-tune pianos, you don't stand a chance!

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05/08/2014

Howard Jones - Herbie Hancock - Thomas Dolby - Stevie Wonder

Kids, keep playing piano, someday you will be really cool like these guys. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGzWqAc16l0

Howard Jones - Herbie Hancock - Thomas Dolby - Stevie Wonder

01/02/2014

Debora Gurgel - Clara da Lua

A rendition of Claire de Lune unlike any you've heard! Happy New Year from Austin Piano Tex!

[Debora Gurgel/Dani Gurgel] Debora Gurgel | piano Sidiel Vieira | baixo acústico Thiago 'Big' Rabello | bateria Vitor Alcântara | sax soprano Buy the Full Di...

12/23/2013

Bola Sete & Vince Guaraldi: Star Song

Vince Guaraldi is great any time of year. Sounding fabulous here with his trio plus the wonderful Brazilian guitarist.

Bola Sete & Vince Guaraldi at Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual, 1963 Bola Sete (guitar) Vince Guaraldi (piano) Fred Marshall (bass) Jerry Granelli (drums)

theage.com.au 11/20/2013

Leonardo Da Vinci's wacky piano is heard for the first time, after 500 years

This isn't really a piano, but it is very cool!

theage.com.au A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo da Vinci.

11/12/2013

12 Bar Blues - Piano Duet with Peter the Elephant - Thailand

This is actually pretty cool. I wonder if I could book that elephant for my holiday party? :)

Light-heated musical mayhem when Peter the elephant joins in a 12 bar blues on piano with his trunk -- entirely of his own accord. Peter the elephant lives a...

brainpickings.org 09/25/2013

The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son

Wonderful article where Einstein explains to his son how his passion for piano is exactly what he should be pursuing. Not only that, but that he should be playing the pieces he likes the most!

brainpickings.org "That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes."

09/09/2013

I received some continuing education this past weekend at a 5-hour presentation by Mike Carraher of Hailun pianos. Hailun sponsored this event for piano technicians in the Austin area, and the subject was upright piano regulation. I've learned some good techniques I'll incorporate immediately, helping your piano to play it's best. It is possible to make most pianos play much better, ask me how!

09/06/2013

The rain cooled things off for the show later that night.

08/04/2013

I am happy to announce that I have passed the test to become a Registered Piano Technician this July at the convention in Chicago! Here is a picture of me learning in a master class on re-bushing keys.

youtube.com 05/22/2013

1973 Yamaha Upright Piano - 45" - Tuned and Regulated - Freddie Hubbard "Up Jumped Spring"

Good day everyone! I've played a song on this yamaha acoustic piano. It is for sale!

For more details, check out the craigslist posting. Feel free to post or share this video!

http://austin.craigslist.org/msg/3821129346.html

youtube.com Made in Japan for the American market, this is a beautiful 45" upright piano, in great condition, hammers re-shaped, fully regulated to factory spec, lubrica...

04/07/2013

Happy to announce I have passed the Technical Exam for becoming a Registered Piano Technician! Photo taken after the test, at Steve Walthall's piano workshop on Bull Creek two weeks ago. One more hurdle before I'm certified -- the Tuning Exam in Chicago this July at the PTG's annual convention. Big thanks to Steve and Linn Roath for administering the test, and to Steve especially for help studying. See y'all in Chicago!

01/07/2013

Tuned for Guster at Central Presbyterian Church yesterday. They are nice guys. I was especially interested in the opening act, the Yellowbirds. Very interesting duo, kind of like a modern Simon and Garfunkle. The lead guy can really play guitar AND sing!

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