Short and sweet, filled with piano love - check out Orpheus Piano Co. Apprentice Simo's letter back to the New York Crew from Italy!Read More
We're thrilled to announce the addition of two new members of our piano technician collective - Dave Mainella and Simone Peretti, both commencing promising careers as piano tuners.
Each is a gentleman and a scholar, has trained diligently with the pianos of Brooklyn Music School, and is available for Apprentice Rate piano tunings starting at $50.
At a third of our full professional rate, our apprentices are an excellent option for those who have held off tuning their piano because of cost and love the idea of supporting the development of strong new piano technicians in New York City.
Orpheus Piano Co. is excited to announce a characteristically bold move from our friends at YouTooCanWoo, where we maintain the studio piano...
Check it out.
Brooklyn-based studio and creative community YouTooCanWoo is launching a record label of the same name.
The team at YouTooCanWoo has released music as French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Violet Sands, Deidre & the Dark, Love Like Deloreans, and more, and has produced and mixed MGMT, The Knocks, St. Lucia, and many other collaborators. They are also known for their unique approach to audio post-production and scoring, with recent projects including the first audio branding for Spotify.
Pooling their years of experience as recording artists, producers, and composers, they’ve partnered with family member and long-time collaborator Robert Perlick-Molinari to lead the new label division. As the French Horn Rebellion frontman and founder of Ensemble Records (that released the viral sensation “Sunrise” by Slaptop), Robert brings a wealth of experience and excitement to the role. The current roster includes French Horn Rebellion, Violet Sands, Deidre & the Dark, and Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue.
The YouTooCanWoo label was created in the spirit of the company’s original philosophy. “We’re inspired by the human experience and the limitless potential that comes with embracing your unique voice. Mustering the courage to tap into that is what we call ‘Woo,’” says founder David Perlick-Molinari.
We want this new label to be a representation of what’s going on in this city and to reflect truly positive collaborations within the industry.” says Robert Perlick-Molinari said of the launch.
See the studio and learn more about YooTooCanWoo via their profile on this website.
Orpheus Piano Co. recently partnered with Sing For Hope to provide volunteer tuning and repair for their famous outdoor street pianos, a New York City summer fixture since 2010 - read more about our experience and Sing For Hope's remarkable work here!Read More
The Orpheus Piano Co. technicians recently read Mario Igrec's masterpiece Pianos Inside Out - along the way, we developed an extensive list of questions. We're thrilled to present an afternoon Q+A with the author at Faust Harrison Pianos' Manhattan showroom - a priceless opportunity to clarify, expand and further explore this craft we love.Read More
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Orpheus Academy of Piano Technology
We are currently accepting applicants for a unique opportunity to dive into the world of piano technology! Inquire here to learn more about becoming a piano tuner/technician and receive an application to the program.
Everyone had a blast at the piano tech presentation by Orpheus Piano Co. at Brooklyn Music School!Read More
Join us for a special presentation on piano technology at Brooklyn Music School in Fort Greene this Saturday June 11th in the Macdowell Room with Brooklyn Piano Tuner Isaac from Orpheus Piano Co!Read More
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An archival post from the defunct NYPIANOTUNER blog describing a day in the often surreal life of a New York City piano tuner adventuring from Brooklyn to Manhattan.Read More
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Originally Published on Jan. 8, 2015 on NYPIANOTUNER.com
As opposed to the infamous stereotype of the grumpy old man piano tuner, I enjoy appointments with little children - sure, they can be distracting, but they're almost always fascinated by the inner workings of the family piano - as they should be. It's not every day the front panels come off and they can see all the moving machinery that goes into producing tone when a key is depressed. One estimate I've heard gives the average number of individual components in an upright piano at above 12,000. Of course, for the most part the same parts are repeated 88 times for each key, but at first glance a piano's interior presents as delightful and mind-boggling complexity. It's said that pianists know the least about their instrument of any musicians - they know their preferences in terms of touch and tone, but quiz them on the mechanics that go into producing said phenomena and you'll usually get a blank stare. Children's curiosity is not only amusing, but it reinvigorates my own enthusiasm for the marvel of musical technology that is the piano. I enjoy answering questions and explaining the basics of piano mechanics. And today I had plenty of explaining to do - this 4 year old was climbing all around me, pointing out various aspects of the piano's innards with exclamations of (half the time correct) understanding - "Oooh! So THAT piece moves THIS one. I get it!" A future piano technician? Mechanic? Inventor? Definitely a smart and engaging kid. He presented me with a broken hammer head - "This one doesn't work - can you fix it?"
Challenge accepted. The trick here was the type of break - a diagonal break across the hammer shank is a fairly simple repair with wood glue and thread - but if the shank breaks off flush at the butt or head you must replace it. The potentially difficult part is removing the end that has broken off flush. Without a shank to grab onto, one must either try to drill out the shank left in the hole (thereby risking incorrect boring and throwing off the alignment - too hard to do in the field) or, as I prefer, remove the plug by inserting a tall drywall screw to serve as a replacement shank for the extractor to grab ahold of.
Hopefully the remaining shank left in the butt comes out in one neat piece like this...
Unfortunately that picture is from the next days appointment where I faced the exact same situation, with less pain.
Today I the shank wouldn't come out, so I had to dissolve the glue and wood as much as possible with wallpaper remover, then painstakingly chip and pull the shank splinters out until the hole is clean and ready for the replacement. Fortunately I had an epic view to enjoy while doing so.
After a bit more effort than expected the notes function was restored - I then tuned the piano, answered a thousand more curious questions, and headed out through this surreal lobby which reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are...
...and then passed a musical landmark I'd never seen before. In case you can't read that sign - Hungarian Composer Bela Bartok lived here during the last year of his life. It's a beautiful world as a NYPIANOTUNER - and a great start to the best year of our lives yet.
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