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About pianocity

A piano store in New York City.

Piano Tuning Pins Story Part 1:

A piano has over 20,000 parts and is a very complicated invention of the 16th Century (Italy, circa 1600 AD) but it is a long journey from there to the modern piano which we see today. Do you know how … Continue reading

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Things Not to Lose in a Piano!

This story is from a while back. It was the late 80s, disco was king, and we got a call at 7:30 in the evening from an excited gentleman, complaining that he had dropped something inside his grand piano, and … Continue reading

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“Just Needs Tuning”!

We were called to move a piano for an elderly man just a few days ago. Gus had just retired from a florist’s job and sounded very exited as he told us about the piano he found on Craigslist. The … Continue reading

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American Piano Makers

The heyday of piano building was in the early 1900s until two events happened. First, radio started to reach more and more homes and the piano ceased being the sole entertainment source in the home (especially the player piano). Second, … Continue reading

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Can I move a Piano on My Own?

Although it can be done it is not always advisible. Pianos weigh anywhere from 400-800 lbs and without a proper piano moving dolly and a piano board (in case of stairs) the move is going to be difficult and dangerous. … Continue reading

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Sticking Keys!

Are one or more keys sticking on your piano? Here are five things to try before calling a technician: 1. Check the front rail clearance (when you press the key down see how much space is in between the front … Continue reading

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Where Not to Place a Piano!

I was recently called upon to check some problems with a one year old upright piano in Manhattan. The owners said that another technician had been there and the problem had returned in a very short space of time. This … Continue reading

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Mystery Grand Piano Will Remain on Beach in Miami – ABC News

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Buying a Piano on Craigslist

Here are five simple things to look for when buying a used piano from Craigslist: 1. Is the piano in tune or close to it? (If wildly out of tune look out). 2.Do all the keys work well? (Just the … Continue reading

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