Got Piano Tuned

A Hundred Years Ago

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, January 15, 1914:  Well we did get our piano tuned at last. Am so glad of it. This will be more an inducement to get my lessons better.

Piano_Tuning_Hammer_and_Mutes“A piano tuner’s most basic tools include the tuning hammer (lever) and mutes.”

Photo and caption source: Wikipedia

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

The piano tuner probably arrived in a horse and buggy—and today they’d come in a car—but I don’t think that the process used to tune pianos has changed much over the last hundred years.

This is how Wikipedia describes the process:

Piano tuning is the act of making minute adjustments to the tensions of the strings of an acoustic piano to properly align the intervals between their tones so that the instrument is in tune.  . . .

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