Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Taber New York


B sharp wrote at 2012-02-02 16:37:15
I just tuned an old upright yesterday that I noticed off in a corner of our church's downstairs "choir room."  There hasn't been a choir, per se, for many years, and I've NO idea of the story of this instrument, other than a plaque placed on it when it was donated in memorium. Internal notation inplied it hadn't been tuned in a coon's age, but it was mostly close enough to tune straight up without a pitch raising. Point is (already): it says Taber, but also Behr Brothers. I'll go back and snap a pic if it's of any interest. Ended up sounding pretty fair, though the sustain pedal clunks pretty loudly. Had to reset a spring on one key and adjust the let-off on another. Mostly needed the practice tuning - can't get the speed anywhere NEAR respectable tuners, or I might consider hanging a shingle.  Seems to take me about 4 hours no matter WHAT I do. Better lever, newer mutes, hard to tell.  Seems to be impossible to dial some strings in - bouncing from flat to sharp, back and forth, as if they're happy ANYWHERE but ON THE MONEY. Oops - digression attack.

Mike wrote at 2016-07-27 06:48:27
Hi Ralph-

Are you still on this forum? I just rebound my old question about the Taber and your response!


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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice


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