Monday, December 19, 2016

malaysia piano tuning guild

a group of passionate piano tuners and technicians in malaysia are gathering each year to exchange and share knowledge to each other for improvement.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

clip on showing how key bushing cloth replacement

here is a video showing you how i placed bushing clothes with glue on a key balancing hole, follow by carefully insert a bushing caulk and cut them with a sharp razor blade.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

piano tuning new website

finally i got my new website
please feel free to visit
the website will be updated

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Registered piano tuner & technician KL

i recently travelled to auckland New Zealand to visit PTTGNZ pttgnzand meanwhile to sit for an ARPT or Australasian Registered Piano Technician  exam.  well i finally passed a comprehensive assessment of my skill and i am very happy about it, it shows that my years of handwork and  effort is finally recognised by professional technician. 

it does not mean that i am very good and professional after achieving the result, i was also attending a mini convention during this trip and I am happy to meet many tuner & technician (NZ, AUSTRALIA, FRANCE,GERMANY, KOREA ,USA etc) who are willing to pour you heaps of knowledge and information
which i have never known,  that is because they want to make you a better skill man, they believe by doing so, the guild will become stronger. the guild will often have a chapter meeting to share about the work, but too bad am too far away.

the guild announcing the two new emerging ARPT

Gaining hands on experience to shape hammer felt on C7 yamaha grand

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

used, refurbished piano for sale in malaysia (KL & PJ)

 Looking for a used good piano? Iam based in Kuala Lumpur (KL) Malaysia.

occasionally i will have some pianos in house for sale. All the piano you can see from my blog here are used , if new, please call for detail.  my piano are strictly inspected and tested by ME. Only selected piano are posted here, they are all recommended to be purchased. i will post the pictures with information together into this blog and update from time to time.

 if you are keen to buy a used piano for yourself or your kids, make sure visit my page. let me know which piano you are interest and give me a call to have a look and test on it. SMS TO ASK FOR BETTER PRICE WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED.



KAWAI BL51 RM10980

KAWAO US50 RM15880



condition 9/10

kawai KS1F
condition 8/10

kawai bl51
condition 8/10



condition 7/10

most of the pianos are come with warranty, bench , castor cups , heater and delivery( within kl and klang valley, ground to ground only)

call 0166604478 (Darren) for more enquires 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

project on restoring a Bluthner 7footed grand piano

bluthner is one of the best piano brand in the music industry,  i am honour to receive this project to restore the condition. the entire action is extremely sluggish, that many depressed keys  are jammed and will not response, leaving the hammer shanks hanging halfway. owner left the piano unattended in an empty house for many years, the finishing started to crack, many scratches and some parts were damage by leaking of car battery liquid. entire keyboard are ivory, felts and clothes are completely and tear. i will update more after the project has been completed.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

how often should a piano be tuned?

Well there's the short answer or the right answer. The full story is a little complicated, so most tuners give customers the rough rule of thumb, which is twice a year. In truth though, the correct tuning interval will vary from one situation to the next. To get the full picture we have to understand a little about the design and construction of the piano. 

Pianos have around 230 thick steel strings which are stretched across a raised wooden bridge, much like on a violin or guitar, but whereas a violin has a few pounds of tension the piano generates around 20 tons of strain across its iron frame. This force pushes down on the bridges and then the soundboard, which is only fixed at the edges, so it can resonate. As the tension increases,the soundboard and bridges move around a little to accommodate for the increase in tension. 

What this means for the tuning is that after some time, when the internal geometry of the piano has settled down, the tuning will have shifted and the instrument will sound a little flat. Raising the pitch of a piano is a big deal, just a few Hertz of pitch increases the tension by several tons. This destabilizes the instrument and means that it will not stay in tune for as long as it would have if it had been fine tuned without doing a pitch raise. So going back to our original question, the piano should be re-tuned, before the pitch has dropped so far that it needs a pitch raise tuning every time. Some less conscientious tuners don't bother to do the extra work required to put the piano back to concert pitch, (A440 Hz) which leads to a gradual loss of pitch and means the piano is not in tune with other instruments. This can be detrimental to the natural perfect pitch some children are born with, as well as creating several other practical problems and issues.

The worst situation is when the customer decides when the piano needs tuning, based on how it sounds to them.

This always means too long a gap and the piano usually either needs a more expensive pitch alteration or the pitch of the piano leaks out with every subsequent tuning. Remember a piano can only be tuned properly, when it is already nearly in tune. If the pitch of the piano has to be altered every time it's tuned, then the strings never really settle and fine precise tuning is impossible. 

Alternatively if the piano is tuned just before it needs pitch raising, the effect of the tuning will be much better and the piano will stand well in tune for longer. 

The best thing is to ask your tuner for the correct tuning interval for your particular piano. This will be based on the amount it is played and it's general condition and age. The environment also plays a huge part, changes in humidity cause the soundboard to move around and this has a major effect on the tuning stability.

If a piano is tuned regularly there is less wear on the pin block and the life of the piano will be dramatically increased as well as getting the best possible sound and performance from your instrument. 

information taken from

the first ever gathering for malaysia piano tuners and technicians

it is something unusual to see all the piano tuners & technicians  come out at the same time to meet each other in malaysia.   thanks to mr Wim who came all the way from Hawaii to share a piano technology talk, managed to organised this small gathering  and did not expect the turn up number of people was amazing and most of them are in the field for many years and some are piano big dealers.

traditionally speaking, piano technology is a highly acquired skills where every tuners and technician from different dealer, supplier or individual  in malaysia, will keep all the knowledge which they know to themselves only, no one will willing to share out.

time is changing, the world is globalised where everyone can easily make connection to the other part of the world and information can  be easily get.  by working alone now, it is very difficult to achieve a certain level of standard and quality. building a network can be easy but sometime, on the contrary, can be tough if no one willing to stay together and improve together.

we ( piano tuners and technicians) are considered as  ART PERFORMERs, where art is a very subjective  thing to be  rated and judged thus, in my opinion, no one is 100% perfect or the "best" in the field of art. however, it is important that by standing together, we share, we learn and we gather together to make improvement in order to provide a better quality of service to the entire piano music industry in malaysia.

tough roads ahead, but someone got to break the ice.

a special guest Wim BLEES(middle left) from Hawaii  came to malaysia to share his piano technology experience to malaysia tuners and techs 

Monday, January 11, 2016

yamaha piano parts replacement, repair and restring

recent project undergoing a set of piano hammer heads replacement.
the piano belongs to a local who will no longer stay in the country and asking if i would like to
take in. 
i went to inspect prior to move away the piano and discovered that all the hammer head felts were no longer glued to the molding, half of the felts went missing and soon i suspect the piano may had been invaded by mice.
some old yamaha console piano do not have their hammer felt that nailed or staple to the molding, where they only glued on it.  so when time goes by, fluctuate  changes of humidity may separate them. which becomes like the picture below.

open mouth hammer felt

a set of japanese universal hammer heads has been installed, broken string fixed and replaced.
meanwhile an anti-friction treatment involved