Piano work can be a lonely occupation. Yes, one deals with (hopefully) a stream of customers, many of whom can be quite interesting and some of whom become friends. This connecting with individuals with whom one shares (again, hopefully) a common passion is rewarding and inspiring. But the work itself is isolated. In fact many […]
There was fun as well as work in Chicago. Getting together with a bunch of piano technicians from all over the country is stimulating as well as entertaining. And in Chicago, one can be entertained! East coast as well as west coast is represented here, even some […]
The Feurich M Series debuted in Chicago at the Piano Technicians Guild National Convention this summer. Massgefertigt means tailor made, and in this case, pianos. It’s a “tweaked out” Feurich Ningbo 218, with some special parts and processes which leads up to a special piano! The concept had […]
I’ve done some updating of some of my other web sites recently. Please check out www.ericjohnsonpianos.com and www.feurichusa.com
Piano voicing is a fascinating craft.I came of age as a voicer in the 1980’s, a time when there was not the richness of hammer and felt choices there are today. Back then the world was pretty much divided into Renner and Steinway. The Renner hammers, with which I worked extensively because of their use […]
Had fun showing the German-made Feurich 172 in NYC recently.
Moving sucks. There have been a lot of projects in my life lately, the biggest and most all-consuming has been my move to new workshop/office space. When I moved into the old space about 2 years ago, I knew it would be temporary and the true requirements would evolve as business developed. For that reason […]
I’ve been told that I must have a good ear, usually by someone I’ve just met who has learned that I’m a piano technician, and I’ve always wondered exactly what it meant. Piano tuners do train themselves to hear components of piano tone, usually called partials or harmonics. These are pitches within pitches (the g […]
I’ve been in Tampa prepping the remaining Feurich model 122 verticals that came in last month. Pianos need preparation, folks, to sound their best and these are sounding pretty good (he adds, humbly).
Had the great pleasure of meeting and tuning for a very famous classical musician recently. His apartment in NYC has a Bosendorfer model 200 that really needed some attention. Casually displayed on the bookshelf were just some of his many awards and honors. Just off to the left was his Kennedy Center Honor, looking like […]