Tackle It Tuesday: Tuning Our Antique Piano

by Stacey Nerdin

Stacey here…

About six years ago we bought an antique piano from Craigslist. No one in my family plays, but $50 for an 1896 mahogany McPhail upright piano with real ivory keys seemed like too much of a steal to pass up. It even came with a bench and piano lamp!

In all the years we’ve had it, we’ve never had it tuned, or even looked at for that matter. A local friend’s father is a master piano tuner/restoration expert, so while he is in town for the summer, we decided to have him take a look at our piece.

tackle it tuesday antique piano tuned

It has been absolutely fascinating to be shown the inner workings of our piano. Our tuner has spent a good deal of time educating us on the different “actions” of the piano, and things we can do in the future to perform minor repairs and maintenance.

His enthusiasm for our antique piano and appreciation for the fine condition it’s in has been infectious; now everyone in my family wants to learn to play! That, and I’m not so willing to let our 4yo son bang on the keys anymore (knowing the damage it could do to the hammers and strings).

Having our antique piano tuned is something that has always been on our “to do” list, but just something we’ve never gotten around to (until now). It’s an investment, for sure, but if you have a piano that needs service or repair, I encourage you to find a recommended expert in your area. There is something magical about having the gift of music in your own home!

Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then send a quick email to me at staceynerdin@msn.com. Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

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We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.



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Stacey has blogged personally at her site, Tree, Root, and Twig, since 2005. When she's not online or busy with her husband and five kids, she's probably learning a new hobby, reading a book, taking a nap, or catching up on her DVR. You can find her on Google+ or Twitter at @StaceyNerdin.

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