On Sunday, November 22 several Piano Prodigies students attended a performance by pianists Philip Liston-Kraft and Dan Weiser at Dartmouth College. This program was appropriately titled "Two Piano Power" and demonstrated both the solo and collaborative exquisite artistry and acrobatic technique of the two pianists. What a treat!
During a lesson last Wednesday, I was demonstrating a passage for a student (a quiet, peaceful one, mind you) when a loud "pop" caused me to stop abruptly. I timidly played the note again, and hearing a metallic plunk, I let out a soft groan. Sure enough, peering into the piano I saw the broken string (A#-6).
The good news: entirely fixable and I knew who to call. I was in need of a piano technician to tune my instruments after the move. I was referred to Pamela Ely - a wonderful piano technician who lives in nearby Etna (visit her website here: http://etnapianos.com/biography).
So, on Wednesday night, I sent Pamela a quick message to ask about her availability and was thrilled to receive a near-instant response. She could come in on Friday.
Excerpt from http://www.piano.christophersmit.com/strings.html:
The treble pitches have three unison strings, the tenor range uses two unison strings, and the bass strings use only one string. The end result is that for 88 notes, there can be as many as 236 strings. Each string has a tension of 160-200 pounds, resulting in a total string tension of 35,000 pounds!
Elizabeth Borowsky is a pianist, teacher, and composer. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano (Music Teachers National Association).