Bradshaw Piano Service Inc.
Bradshaw Piano Service Inc.

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Bradshaw Piano Service
2215 Windsor Park Dr.
Conway, AR.   72034

 

501-733-9995     501-733-3211

Business Hours: Daily 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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"Is he the best"?   "Should I call him"?  Read what they have to say by clicking the "Recommendations" link button.

 

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 25%  OFF PIANO TUNINGS   25%

SAVE $45 off piano tuning! Just "tell us the name of your or your child's current piano teacher!" That's it! Tell us you saw this on our website and you will have saved yourself $45!

Offer good through Nov. 30. Tuning can be scheduled after Nov. 30, but an appointment must be made before Nov. 30. Tuning reguarly $180. With this offer, $135.

 

 

The "Second" most important thing you can do for your piano besides tuning..... Learn more about this procedure in "Our Services"

 

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What is the "Third" most important thing you can do for your piano.......

Find out "What it is" in "Our Services"

 

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Our Services

From Repair of Vintage Steinways to Free Advice,
Ask the Bradshaw’s

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Below is a listing of services that Bradshaw Piano
Service can perform for you. If an evaluation is the logical first step, the
Bradshaw’s will come to the instrument and give you a Free evaluation, a formal
proposal and options as to what can be done.

 

SERVICES

  1. Tuning to concert pitch
  2. Repair of piano finishes. Touch-up of piano finishes in both lacquer and
    polyester.
  3. Action regulation to bring the correct touch and feel back to the
    instrument. Correct regulation contributes to the total performance of the instrument byallowing for an optimal keystroke when all the dimensions are set to the manufacturers specifications.
  4. Voicing. This procedure brings the tonal quality to the correct tonal level. This can be accomplished working            with the current hammerheads or after installation of new hammerheads. See the article below.
  5. Partial Rebuilding. This would include installation of new hammerheads, new
    dampers, new under key felts, new action parts, strings and felts as required or
    desired.
  6. Appraisals and technical evaluations

 

Summary: Bradshaw Piano Service can do the high quality repairs the professional musicians speak to in
the "Recommendations" section. 81 years of experience makes a big difference. See the "Recommendations" section.

 

The “Second” most important
thing you can do for your piano besides tuning…….

 

Tuning is the most important procedure that can be done to a piano to improve the tone. However, the second most important procedure is one that some music professionals are not familiar with.

 

The Voicing procedure involves working with the 88 hammerhead felts to soften or harden the felt

to achieve the correct tonal quality for that particular instrument. This is not an unusual procedure.        In fact, all major piano manufacturers suggest a Voicing procedure be performed every 5

years. If it has been longer than that for your instrument, it is overdue for a voicing procedure.

 

A piano, grand or vertical, can be perfectly in tune but still produce a “bright, brassy, tinny”

sound. Additional tuning will not remedy this. Voicing will soften the hammerhead felt fibers that have been packed and compacted over years of the hammers striking the strings. 

 

The Voicing procedure involves several tasks;filing the 88 hammerhead felts, needling the felt with a tool  to soften the compacted felt fibers and "fitting" the hammerheads to the 220 strings. Bringing the hammerhead felt back to the softer density it was when the instrument was new is the goal. Less    dense felt translates into a more mellow and uniform tone. While working at the Baldwin Piano Factory  in Conway, voicing and inspecting the voicing of the new Baldwin grands was my specialty. Just as it is now with my university artists, piano teachers and their students.

 

We look forward to voicing your instrument and making it sound correct again. The tone is still there; it just has to be brought out by a technician trained in more than just tuning. I consider it standard procedure when I prepare pianos for concerts to both tune and voice the piano. Voicing is just another part of the procedures required to bring out the best tonal quality an instrument has to offer. 

 

If you have ever wondered if you could do more for your piano than just tuning, then you owe it to yourself to have a discussion with me concerning Voicing. Tuning and Voicing; the two most important and effective procedures to make your piano sound like it did when it was new and correct.

 

Call and we will discuss this necessary maintenance for your instrument. Certainly, the biggest

“bang for your dollar” next to tuning.

 

Barry and Phyllis Bradshaw

Bradshaw Piano Service, Inc.

 

 

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The"Third" most important thing you can do for your piano......

 

Install a Damp-Chaser Climate Control System in the piano.

 

What is it?

 

The Damp-Chaser Climate Control System is an apparatus that is installed inside of your upright or grand piano. It consists of four major componets; a humidifier, two de-humidifiers and a humidistat. These all work together to maintain a stable 46% Relative Humidity (RH) throughout your piano, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Automatically, the humidistat senses if your home's air is not at the desired 46% RH. If it is higher than 46%, the humidistat automatically turns on the de-humidifier and runs until it reaches 46%, then turns off automatically. If the RH is lower than 46%, it automatically turns on the humidifier and runs it until reaching the desired 46% RH. This is all installed out of sight inside your piano. It does require plugging in, but runs on just 3 cents of electricity a day.

 

Why is the above important to my piano?

 

All pianos are made out of four major componets: wood, glue, felt and metal. All four of these componets are affected significantly by both high and low moisture levels inside the piano. High moisture levels, above 46%, contribute to sticky wooden keys, swollen felts causing playability problems and rusting of the 220+ strings. Low humidity levels contribute to wood parts, such as the piano soundboard, drying out and cracking, action parts and finished case parts cracking and glue joint failures throughout the piano. Pianos are engineered to be in a stable 44% to 48% RH environment. This system protects all of the above mentioned items from deterioration for the lifetime of the piano, all automatically, 24 / 7. BUT, the most important point is........

 

How does all of this affect tuning stablity?

 

75% of the reason a piano goes out of tune is because of RH swings over the course of a year. The amount of playing affects it, but only 10% to 15%. 75% of the reason is because the wooden soundboard to which all 220 strings are attached, swells in the summer with higher humidities in the home. In the winter, the soundboard contracts, moving all the strings back with it. This physical, in and out movement of the soundboard puts more tension on the strings in summer and less in winter. This causes the strings to actually move from where the piano tuner placed them when he last tuned it. Physically moving the strings, thus changing their tension. Changing the tension on the strings is exactly what a tuner does when he tunes a piano. Humidity swings cause this movement of the strings to happen on their own. 

 

How to remedy this problem?

 

The Damp Chaser Climate Control System brings the air inside the piano to a 46% RH and keeps it there, 24/7, automatically, for the lifetime of the piano. With the soundboard kept at a constant 46% RH, it does not move. It does not physically expand or contract after the tuner leaves. With the soundboard now staying stable and not moving, the strings do not move from where the tuner puts them when he tunes it. Therefore, the piano stays in tune much longer. All the while, protecting wooden action parts, keys, glue joints and metal strings from failure due to cracking or rusting. The piano wil now stay in tune optimumly. Less tuning, less servicing. No repairs for cracking parts due to dryness, no repair due to rust, swollen felts and sticky wooden keys. Here in Arkansas, RH in the winter can get down to as low as 15% in your home. Summertime levels can easily hit 75%. This system controls the humidity in the piano, no matter what the RH is in the rest of your home. This 60% swing of RH over the course of a year, explains why piano tuners have an occupation.

 

What do I do now?

 

 I come to your home and personally install it. It is a 4 hour operation to install, set up and calibrate. It comes with a 5 Year Parts and Labor Warranty. You cannot be out any money for 5 years. I have installed over 200 systems over the past 25 years. It is ideal for universities, schools, individuals and churches with humidity problems that cannot be controlled consistently all week or all year. I installed one in a university performance stage grand piano 22 years ago and it is still going strong. Speaking as a 41 year experienced piano technician, they do exactly as described above. It protects all your piano componets from the problems high and low humidity cause.  Nearly zero maintenance on your part. I service it when I tune your piano. It runs automatically, 24/7. It's a high quality system, endorsed by numerous piano manufactuers. Bottom line; your piano will stay in tune better and longer while being protected from extremes in humidity over the year.

 

The System installed is:  $1,095.  Currently, it is on sale for: $876.    20% Off.    Save $219 until Nov. 30, 2019.  Allow a lead time of 2-3 weeks for shipment and installation. The actual installation can take place after the Nov.30 Sale Ordering deadline. The piano will require a tuning after installation of the Climate Control System. With the purchase of the Climate Control System, you also receive a 20% discounted tuning. Reguarly $180, with your purchase of the System, the one time tuning will be $144. Have ever wondered, "What, besides tuning, can I do for my piano?" This is a lasting, high quality choice.

 

Call and I will personally answer any questions you have!

 

Call: Barry Bradshaw, Owner /Technician:    Cell: 501-733-9995         Office: 501-733-3211

 

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