Aimed at everyone with an interest in pianos, amateurs and professionals alike, this is a thorough but highly readable technical guide to the world's most influential musical instrument. Most people, even 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 innovative manual explains how straightforward it can be to maintain and improve a piano's performance.
John Bishop has 35 years' experience of pianos as a tuner, technician, rebuilder, buyer, seller and player (in Birmingham rock bands) - all this has tended to overshadow his day job as an economics lecturer. Graham Barker is a technical writer who knows little about pianos, but proved to be the ideal person to organise this manual into something even he could understand.
How a piano works. How to buy wisely, both new and used - there are lots of terrible pianos out there! 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 innovation clearly explained - of interest to all musicians.