Gluing Hammers

Hammers are beginning to come apart on a school piano. I’m gluing and clamping them. Less expensive than a new set of hammers.

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A couple of emailed reviews I’ve recently received

“I recently had my piano tuned by Joel R. Smith, piano and tuning service. He arrived promptly and the appointment was easy to schedule. He was meticulous, extremely knowledgeable and his prices were very fair. In addition to doing a wonderful job of tuning my piano, he also adjusted one of the pedals. I look forward to the annual tuning check.” – Susan S in Ocean View DE

“Of all the piano tuners/technicians and movers with whom I’ve worked, Joel is by far the best in this area! Whether he is moving or tuning your piano, he is very dependable and honest in taking care of your instrument. I have two Steinway M’s from 1940 in my home that I feel I can trust Joel to care for. He will help you make the right decisions for your instrument and your needs.  I can’t recommend Joel highly enough!” Cheryl F in Ocean Pines, MD

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Forklift Grand Piano Move

Moving a Yamaha Grand off a deck with the help of a Bobcat forklift in Metompkin, VA.


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Throwback Piano Work – Steinway

This is an older Steinway upright in a church. Considering the age, it is in surprisingly good condition. Needed some damper levers replaced, as well as a few other minor things.

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Piano Fallboard Lock

Pianos in schools and other institutions can be protected with a fallboard lock…. And yes I sell and install these.

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Piano Bench Repair

I also repair piano benches and case work on pianos. This Steinway bench had come unglued and was about to collapse.

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Cleaning Ivory Keys on Baldwin 9

Below are some photos of the ivory keys on the Baldwin 9 from the other day, before and after cleaning.

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Baldwin 9 Footer – Action Work

Doing a 1/2 day of action work on the 1949 Baldwin 9 Footer in the chorus room at Easton HS in Easton, MD. Filed the hammers, reset the hammer line, realigned numerous hammers, vacuumed all the dust and crud out, repinned few hammers as well as some other minor stuff.

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Piano Fire Hazard

This is definitely a fire hazard. The metal bar you see is a dehumidifier tied to the wood rail with cotton twine. The dehumidifier was plugged in and very hot to the touch. To compound the problem, there was not controller on the dehumidifier so it was running hot 24/7/365. Needless to say I convinced the client to unplug the dehumidifier.

Below is what a correct system should look like with a Humidistat controller(and yes, I install these)


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Grand Piano Rental @ Pemberton Equestrian Center

Rented my Baldwin Model L Grand Piano for a wedding at The Pemberton Equestrian Center. Wilbur the pig was a big help!

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