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Piano Manual

Purchase, troubleshooting, care and maintenance
John Bishop & Graham Barker
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Aimed at everyone with an interest in pianos, amateurs and professionals alike, the Piano Manual is a thorough but highly readable technical guide to the world's most influential musical instrument.

Most people, including many 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 manual explains for the first time how straightforward it can be to maintain and improve your piano's performance.

Key content:

  • How a piano works
  • How to buy wisely, both new and used - there are lots of terrible pianos to choose from
  • How to look after your piano, from simple routine maintenance to complex repairs
  • How to tune your own piano
  • J.S.Bach's equal temperament tuning system clearly explained - of interest to all musicians

John Bishop has 35 years' experience of pianos as a tuner, technician, rebuilder, buyer, seller and player. Graham Barker is a writer who started out knowing nothing about pianos, and so was the ideal person to organize this manual into something even he could understand.

The information on this page is supplied courtesy of Haynes Publishing, please credit accordingly if you intend to use it. For more information or to request a review copy please contact Spirit PR on 0117 944 1415 or email Haynes PR

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