Simplified sequence solves equal temperament via Marpurg

Contributed By Ernest Unrau Simplified sequence solves equal temperament via Marpurg … Decoded temperament ‘roadmap’ distilled to five-stage pattern: Learning a new temperament pattern can be much like trying to decipher someone else’s computer programming code. That’s what I felt like when I first decided to try out Bill Bremmer’s article about tuning an equal temperament via the “back door”…

The Sounds of Silence for Piano Tuners

Submitted by Mark Larin Muting strings is something that occupies many of our movements throughout a tuning, and indeed our career, so it makes sense that we give it our attention occasionally. While the brunt of our focus is on what we hear, muting deals with the complementary field of ‘what we don’t hear.’ Without…

The Papp Mute

Submitted by Ted Sambell The Papp mute is a familiar tool to piano technicians in Canada and the USA today, though its use is far from universal. When I arrived from the UK in 1949 I found it was completely unknown. The usual mutes were rubber with wire handles, while the factory tuners at Heintzman and…

Safety First!

Mark Larin spoke once again about the ‘Two Hats’ that we wear. With this, he asked how good of a Boss we are. Firstly, noting that our Bosses have funded our trip to BC to learn more from presenters, we might consider that our Bosses are well invested in our advancement. Our Bosses are likely…

An Introduction to Electronic Tuning

For aural tuners, Mark Larin described a few terms of reference that are used readily in electronic tuning that would be very helpful for someone to know when beginning to explore electronic tuning. The first of these terms is ‘cents.’ Simply put, Mark noted that ‘cents’ represent which ‘percent’ of the distance a note might…