What towns do you tune pianos in?

All of South NJ, including….Voorhees, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Moorestown, Marlton, Medford, Tabernacle/Shamong/Vincentown/Indian Mills, Haddon Twp., Winslow, Sicklerville, Turnersville. Washington Twp., Sewell, Mantua, Mt. Laurel, Hammonton, Deptford, Pitman, Glassboro, Mt. Holly, Pemberton, Browns Mills, Vineland, Swedesboro. Also… the Philadelphia region…Chester, Upper Darby, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Collegeville, Manyunk, Wayne, King of Prussia. Shore towns…Atlantic City, Brigantine, Long Beach Island, Barnegat, Egg Harbor and Ocean City….

LAF Archtop Guitar No.2 Plus some Shop Pics

emailback22emailback12emailbody12emailfront2This 17″ Archtop Guitar features a Spruce top; Flame Maple back and sides; a removable, bolt-on, Bird’s-Eye Maple/Paduak 3-piece neck with 2-way truss rod and graphite reinforcing rods; Holly binding, Paduak finger-rest; Ebony peghead front, with Paduak backstrap, and Ivory (recycled piano key) “Flacche” logo; Ebony fingerboard with 16″ radius and pressed-in, round-end medium frets; and German Schaller tuners. The neck carve on this guitar is very full and round, similar to early Jeff Beck Stratocasters….GtrRepair2guitar_glue-up_008neckguitar_glue-up_009

Common Yamaha Console Piano Fault…

Matt @ WorkIf you own a Yamaha Console piano that is 20-30 years old, you may have noticed that certain keys depress easier than others. This is most likely because the tiny thread that holds the hammer return spring, has dry rotted and released the spring. Those keys may also “click” as the free spring hits other parts. The key may also “dribble”…that is, hitting the strings several times on one keystroke! The repair involves replacing all the the hammer flanges, and with them, the new retaining thread. The new thread is polyester and will last the remainder of the piano’s life. While this repair typically costs $500-600., it is well worth it since these are otherwise very reliable pianos, with no other parts that fail in that manner. Also consider the cost of new Yamaha ($7000-8000), and this repair cost now seems negligible.

Lesson Studio Rules…Don’t laugh, this is what teachers deal with….

1. Do NOT bother my plants. Don’t touch them; don’t talk to them; don’t water them; don’t rearrange them; don’t take clippings from them to start your own.
2. Do NOT come inside my home with bathing suits. I don’t care if you say they aren’t wet and that the towel you have wrapped around your butt isn’t wet either. Go sit on your furniture and enjoy the aroma and residual chlorine.
3. Do NOT share my bathrooms. Students will be allowed a quick visit in case of emergency. Others should change diapers in their cars (and don’t dispose of used diapers in my trash can, please) or go to the gas station on the corner for other needs — such as trying out all the interesting bottles and stuff similar to the ones on my shelves.
4. Do NOT move my furniture to look for outlets to charge your electronics. Don’t you dare! And while I’m at it, don’t rearrange what’s on my furniture to make yourself or your feet more comfortable. Just suffer in silence. Maybe watch the lesson that you were allowed in for the purpose of watching.
5. If you are going to sneak candy or snacks please dispose of the wrappings and leftovers in your own pockets or in the highly visible waste basket in my music room. If you stuff the evidence under a couch pillow or behind a book of the shelf again, I will save the ants and bring them to your living room so you can enjoy them.
6. If you need to take that crisis cell phone call during the lesson, I will stop the lesson and listen — while the clock is running, of course. But you may not take that important call in my kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. That’s what cars were invented for. Just sit in your car and talk on the phone. It works well.
7. If you don’t like the temperature in my teaching space, please do NOT try to adjust it. Don’t change the thermostat. Don’t open the windows. Don’t whine. Instead, plan ahead. Don’t wear a sweater and thigh high boots when it’s 104 outside. Don’t show up in shorts and flip flops in mid-October. Check weather reports.
8. Do NOT use my kitchen to prepare and serve your baby’s meal. Do NOT put oil in your car while you are parked in my driveway. Do NOT bring extra children to my home during lesson time and tell them to play in my backyard, my neighbor’s yard or my basement.

9. Don’t take a nap with your shoes on my sofa or allow your child to do so. Don’t bring take-out for your family’s dinner in with you and then tell me you can’t pay tuition until later. Don’t dust my furniture.