Friday, January 14, 2011

Unstrung ---> Restrung

(before, and------------------------------------------after.)

The words we'd been waiting for were uttered right around 2pm today in the performance studio: "I think that's it!" The very last new wire had been strung, coiled, and tightened - and Piano Technician Allan Day was stepping back to take a long look at his work. "This went really well."

It's going to need around 5 tunings before its ready for performance. The new wires will stretch through this process, and will require careful attention to get them into top shape. We're looking at booking our first live performance (possibly) in early March. We'll let you know when that happens so you can listen in.

As the project wrapped up today I was very curious what the piano would sound like at this stage of its overhaul: keeping in mind the keyboard isn't secured, its dampers haven't been returned and - the big one - the piano hasn't even been tuned yet. But what does it sound like?

VPR Classical's Joe Goetz obliged and gave the instrument a trial run. Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata never sounded so...well...listen for yourself:

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