GR Horst learned about his enjoyment of tuning while helping a church organist tune up the pipe organ. In 1982, having completed a technician course of study, his work progressed from a sideline to a skillful passion. His service territory now includes much of SE Pennsylvania including the counties of Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Lehigh and York.
There's Nothing Like the Real Thing
Digital computer technologies have developed over recent decades and allows accurate sound to be reproduced via electronic means (electronic keyboards and synthesizers). This seemed to place the fate of the acoustic piano in question. Electronic keyboards are used in many churches and touring bands for their portability and flexibility. However, after listening and becoming accustomed to these electronic instruments at a recent music conference, I walked by an authentic acoustic grand piano being played. The authenticity of the sound was overwhelming and actually caught me by surprise. It was a stark reminder that there is nothing like the real thing.
Having owned an electronic keyboard, I learned that the life expectancy of an electronic instrument is significantly shorter than that of an acoustic piano. It's not unusual to encounter acoustic pianos that are well over 50 and even 100 years old that are still in decent condition. If you think I am bias toward the acoustic version of the piano, I would have to admit that I am. However, with the authentic sound, infinite variability and longevity of the acoustic piano, I think my bias is justified :)
Piano Tuning & Maintenance
The job of tuning the instrument includes tasks such as:
Checking Overall Pitch
Setting the Temperament
Handling the Inharmonicity
Setting the Treble Sections
Setting the Bass Section
Tuning the Unisons etc.
Checking overall condition for items needing attention
GR regularly attends various training seminars to keep current on related technology, tools, tuning methods, and repair technique. He values continued learning and sharing by other technicians on related developments and areas of specialization.