Haynes: Piano Manual

Books | Piano

Publisher: Haynes Publishing
Series: Haynes Manual
Format: Books | Instrumental Reference
Aimed at everyone with an interest in Pianos, amateurs and professionals alike, this is a thorough but highly readable technical guide to the world's most influential musical instrument.

Most people, even competent Pianists, have no idea how a Piano works, yet understanding a Piano's truly remarkable technology can greatly increase the pleasure of owning and playing one. Even though the most humble upright has thousands of working parts, this innovative manual explains how straightforward it can be to maintain and improve a Piano's performance.

ISBN: 9781844254859
Published on: 27 April 2009
No of pages: 196
Language: English
Catalogue No: HAYH4485

      Musicroom Reviews

      As an experienced restorer and tuner of pianos for many years this manual is not up to expectation, especially in the repair sections with many inappropriate methods described and earlier chapters of background information. For example (page 19) I thought Erard patented the double escapement action in 1821, not Steinway in 1859. Elsewhere in the book there is a range of extraordinary sweeping opinions such as `Many players are dismayed by their first encounter with a grand; they find it heavy and ponderous, and have trouble playing fast...you need to be an athlete'. Has the author not encountered and appreciated `Bechstein' and Bluthner grand pianos, with their light and responsive keyboard actions - even unrestored!? So, there are almost 200 pages of good images and potentially useful content but at least 125 pages require corrections. Technical information is erratic and more is required if the book is going to live up to its introductory claim (page 7) about being of interest to `professional' and `serious' players. Also on this page it states `if you yearn to take your piano to bits and put it confidently back together, the information you need is here'. Well, I must warn that the piano repair chapters are far from being clearly laid out in a logical workshop process and to me a muddle, for instance the first task of dismantling the upright action is described towards the end of the relevant chapters. If you want to have a bit of fun with a worthless piano, please do. But if you are a genuine player hoping to improve your beloved instrument the chances are non existent. All the areas of piano work, especially tuning, are highly skilled and it takes many years of experience to become competent, there is no warning about this and much damage can easily be done, especially if the manual in question is `faulty' in the first place...
      Anonymous - (Norfolk, United Kingdom)
      It's well past time that someone undertook this task, and how beautifully done.
      Anonymous - ()

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