North College Park
South Lake Union
Pike Place Market
Se habla español
Speaks Japanese & Spanish
GINNY BEAR, RPT, piano tuner and technician, offers on-site piano tuning and repair in the Seattle, Washington area. Her hybrid tuning technique uses traditional ear tuning methods combined with an electronic tuning device. She has worked on pianos ranging from Acrosonics to Wurlitzers, from spinets to concert grands, and she enjoys the great variety of pianos that have been crafted in over 300 years of their existence.
Registered Piano Technician,
Randy Potter School of Piano Technology, and the
Steve Brady Apprenticeship Program
Active musician; member
Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle.
Blog: Midsummer 2017 - Is a Grand Piano Always Better Than an Upright? Bonus Artwork Follows
One way to show that high quality uprights can be better pianos than the smallest grand pianos, is to show the length of the very lowest bass string. Notice the overlapping area, where a baby grand's lowest string is shorter than that of a larger upright piano. Despite the drastic difference in length of this string between the smallest and largest pianos, the pitch (sound) is actually the same. This is due to the magic of piano design (weight, coil details, tensio, etc.), but the quality of sound is higher when the string is longer. A baby grand might look great in the house, but the humble (but actually more musically impressive) upright might be a better musical choice.
On another topic, recently an 11-year-old child sat quietly behind me as I tuned his piano. I was impressed to find out he'd been not just been watching the tuning, but sketching it. He even caught the details of the strings and tuning pins, as well as the angle I stand at to tune.
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Buying a Used Piano?
Thinking about buying a piano on Craig's List (or elsewhere)?
Save yourself from the disappointment of a piano that's untunable or has
expensive problems. I'll do a purchase evaluation for $75. This could also apply to a used piano in
a piano shop. Save yourself some money/disappointment in the long
run! This deal does not appy to all pianos, give me a call and we'll see if it applies to the one you're considering.
Piano technicians do not often offer discounts, but Bear Piano
Services does: the Neighborhood Discount. Two or more
pianos tuned the same day in the same neighborhood qualify you for a
$10 discount. Call with dates that will work for you and your
neighbors, and I will find a date that works for us all.
425-765-3514 or 206-406-5576
(both go to the same place,
if one number is long distance
for you, try the other one)
Mason & Hamlin
Kohler & Campbell
Kranich & Bach
Story & Clark
Parlor or Living
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