Tune a Piano Yourself Blog
This piano tuning blog is a companion to our How to Tune a Piano Yourself tutorial. In this blog we expand on the tutorial with new information and perspectives on do-it-yourself piano tuning. If it is your first time here, visit the tutorial first.
The Oldest Piano Shop in Paris
Meet Marc Manceaux, owner of the oldest piano shop in Paris. He sells piano parts, mostly scavenged from disassembled old pianos. He seems to live life on a different channel from most of us. Immersed in his sea of pianos (title of the film, ha!), he dreams of boats. As long as he has "water, a candle, a hardback book and an old piano," he knows he is still "alive." From a piano tuning perspective, I find it interesting that he sells fewer piano parts each year. He figures he has about 8 to 10 years of business left. I wonder about the implications for the piano tuning and technician professions. There's still plenty of pianos out there to tune. However, the piano is no longer a must-have accessory for the middle class. The decline may be gradual, as old pianos take a long time to die, but a decline it is. Marc, at least, seems to be at peace with that.
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