Robert Samuelson has provided piano tuning, repairs, regulating, voicing and maintenance, as well as purchasing advice and appraisals to customers throughout the greater Seattle area since 1988. Robert is a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild.
A piano should be tuned once or twice a year depending on how often it is played.
A piano has more than two-hundred strings, each of which must be individually tuned to a particular pitch. Each pitch must, in turn, relate to the pitch of the other strings so that a regular series of tonal intervals is produced across the entire range of notes, from the lowest bass to the highest treble.
A PIANO WILL PLAY NOTICEABLY BETTER WITH REGULATION.
Regulation is the adjustment of the mechanical aspects of the pianos to compensate for the effects of wear, the compacting and settling of cloth, felt, and buckskin, as well as dimensional changes in wood and wool parts due to changes in humidity. Keeping the correct relationship between every part will prevent unnecessary wear, and will allow playing to be smooth and even.
Each piano is unique. It has its own tonal character, singing quality, and needs to be voiced accordingly.
The piano hammer is comprised of layers of compressed wool, giving it a resilience that helps it to rebound from the string. In order to produce a tone that is full, rich and balanced, the hammer should have a rounded, egg-shaped end. With wear, the hammer becomes flattened and grooved on the end, producing an edgy, metallic, and brittle tone. Voicing involves restoring the original shape and resiliency of the hammer by filing away layers of felt and needling.
A PROPERLY RESTORED PIANO WILL PLAY AND SOUND BEAUTIFUL AGAIN.
Piano rebuilding focuses on replacement/repair of deteriorated structural components. It can involve restringing, pinblock replacement, bridge repair or replacement, soundboard repair, etc. Usually the replacement of mechanical parts are indicated as well.
The objective is to restore the piano to its original specifications, resulting in tonal clarity, power and overall beauty. It also adds many years to its life. Many older pianos, once restored will sound and perform as well or better than many of the new instruments on the market today, and at less cost.
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Robert Samuelson has been my personal piano technician for almost 20 years now. I not only depend on him to keep my pianos in tune, which he does beautifully, but I also have Robert service my pianos. He does excellent regulation work, he has replaced hammers and rebuilt the action for me before—all with superior results. He is constantly learning and growing as a technician, which I’ve witnessed first hand over the years, so that at this point he is truly a master of his craft. I highly recommend Robert for tuning and for the care and maintenance of your piano.Jeffrey Moidel Pianist, Composer, Opera Coach
Robert Samuelson is an excellent piano technician, not only for the quality of his tuning, but also for his professional work ethic and customer service. Whenever there is a need to be addressed with one of our pianos, he is quick to stop by and get the job done in a timeline that works well for us. We highly recommend Robert for your piano tuning needs!Maria Johnson, Northwest Boychoir
Robert Samuelson, is an excellent piano technician, and has kept my piano in perfect pitch and tune for over 20 years. Recently it needed additional work on the action and cleaning. He did that and more, and it is like new. He is very professional, trustworthy, easy to work with, and goes the extra mile on everything he does. Also, he is an accomplished musician and has a Master's Degree in Music, so he really knows when the piano is ready for the musician.Jay Smith
We've used Robert Samuelson for years as our piano tuner with great satisfaction. Not only does he do an excellent tuning, but he is extremely reliable when it comes to keeping appointments. We have found him to be very reliable, knowledgeable and extremely competent. Robert makes repairs, when necessary, and does an excellent tuning job. We have the utmost confidence in Robert's ability and highly recommend his services to anyone who wants quality and dependability.Evan Stults (professional pianist) and Joe Farmer (vocalist), Vashon, WA
Robert Samuelson provides piano services in the Seattle area, including tuning, repair, regulation, voicing, maintenance, purchasing advice and appraisals