Author Archives: Jason

About Jason

Owner of The Piano Workshop Australia since 2008. I offer repair and restoration of modern, antique and period style pianos, as well as a complete restoration service for player-pianos (pianolas). Along with these services I offer a range of accessories & furnishings to complement your piano, keyboard and music room, these are available to be viewed and purchased through my online store. From 1984 – 2007 Jurjens Music retail business specialising in piano, organ and other keyboard instruments.

Metronomes

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The metronome is an instrument that is used for marking musical tempo. Many different forms have been in use since the first was created in 1696.

The traditional style and the most common now in use is the clockwork driven metronome, which was patented by Maelzel in 1815.

These metronomes are in the shape of a pyramid and have a pendulum that swings back and forth on a pivot and makes a ticking sound. The speed is adjusted by moving a sliding weight. Some metronomes have a bell sound which can be added to the clicking rhythm and made strike on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 6th beat.

The main purpose of the metronome is to establish an appropriate tempo for a piece of music and to maintain consistency of tempo through a work or an excercise.

At The Piano Workshop we offer a large selection of metronomes, including the German made Wittner metronomes.

http://thepianoworkshop.com.au/products/13-metronomes

Dr Miriam Hyde AO, OBE

Dr Miriam Hyde AO, OBE, was an Australian composer, poet, music educator and pianist. She was born in Adelaide on January 15th 1913 and died January 11, 2005. Miriam Hyde composed works for piano, songs, orchestra and she also had books of poetry published, and wrote an autobiography.

.Miriam Hyde

Pianist finds forte with Mozart

An appreciation of style and grace fuels Kris Bezuidenhout’s long-held passion for Mozart, writes Steve Dow.

Kris Bezuidenhout is in the process of recording Mozart's entire works. Photo: Marco Del GrandeRead more: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/pianist-finds-forte-with-mozart-20110805-1ifj9.html#ixzz2G7kPOqR3
Kris Bezuidenhout is in the process of recording Mozart’s entire works. Photo: Marco Del Grande

Bezuidenhout will play, as he often does, on fortepianos similar to those Mozart played and composed on. A fortepiano is the early version of a piano, lighter in both construction and sound. But the instrument has been neglected in recent recordings of the classical repertoire.

Bezuidenhout, 32, who also plays piano and harpsichord, is changing that situation by using fortepiano in his planned recording of nine volumes covering all of Mozart’s solo keyboard music, at the rate of two volumes a year.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/pianist-finds-forte-with-mozart-20110805-1ifj9.html#ixzz2G7jIon98

Disassembling the Lower Player Piano Action

The lower player piano action consists of numerous components. These include the pumping bellows, pumping pedals, reservoirs and trunk. Various gaskets and valves will be found located here also. All of these parts must be disasembled so that the restoration work can commence on each individual component.

The Restoration Commences

Work has now commenced on my latest player piano (pianola) restoration project.

Firstly, all the components from the entire player piano action must be removed from the piano.

Pictured below are the various parts of the player piano action.

WH Paling Victor Player Piano (Pianola)

A New Year, A New Restoration.

The new year brings with it a new restoration project. This latest project is a Victor WH Paling Player Piano or pianola, as they are often called. This particular restoration will involve a total rebuild of the player piano action, as the player piano is not in working order at all.

Throughout this diary, i will be documenting each part of the restoration process, so you will be able to follow along and see all that is involved with this particular rebuild.