Complete manual with 680 pages, and over 300 illustrations and tables, by a former Royal National College lecturer in Piano Tuning and Technology.
The book covers in-depth theory and practice from elementary to advanced level. It answers common questions raised by students of piano tuning about the actual soundscapes and behaviour of piano tone that are encountered in tuning practice.
For students and professionals of piano tuning, general readers wishing to look in-depth into the subject, and academics with interdisciplinary interests in the subject.
Piano tuning and this book
Background Theory T
he invisible art and science
The essential ideas
Sound Temperament theory
Traditional piano tuning theory and elementary practice
The soundscape, spectrum and tone
Partial decay patterns
Fine tuning practice
Tuning the scale
Setting the pin
Setting the pitch
Small piano syndrome
The Kirk Experiment
Part 3: Advanced Theory
The single piano string in one plane
The Weinreich Model
Two strings, two planes
Further comments on false partials
Glossary of key concepts
By the author of the Royal National College BTEC Advanced Diploma in Piano Action Regulating.
The upright underdamper in motion
The grand roller action in motion
Regulating the upright underdamper action
Regulating the grand roller action
Very fine roller action regulating
Steinway action differences
Regulating the Bluthner-type action
Regulating the D-type action
Brief notes on toning
Strike line alteration
Glossary of regulation distances
Some suggested reading
Piano Unison Tuning provides a general, technical description of fine-tuning piano unisons, based on the contemporary acoustical theory, which is outlined in the accompanying volume The Physics of Piano Unisons (Volume 1 of this series).
The content of this book is aimed at anyone with a technical interest in the subject, including tuning students and professionals. The discussion can be related to practice, and its only mathematical content is graphs illustrating acoustical behaviour. For a more comprehensive treatment of all aspects of piano tuning and its theory, please consult Theory and Practice of Piano Tuning.
The Physics of Piano Unisons outlines the contemporary mathematical theory for the acoustical of behaviour of piano string unisons. It presents the basic mathematical modelling for the physics and behaviour of unisons when the strings are acoustically coupled through the soundboard and bridge. The book provides the mathematical ground behind the discussion in the accompanying volume Piano Unison Tuning (Volume 2 of this series).