Introducing Adele Dixon Bachelor of Music (Performance)
Adele is now into her third year of training as a piano tuner/technician, under the guidelines of an Approved Syllabus*. She is currently in the process of taking over Brian's clientele in the Eastern Bay of Plenty where she lives. Her training has involved tuning, regulation, restringing and repair, using both traditional and modern techniques. Adele has put in the many hours of work needed to learn this difficult profession and with the help of Brian's tuition and encouragement, she has now reached her goal. During her training (which will continue) she has been involved with several major projects, restoring pianos and restringing under supervision. Most of the ongoing hands-on work is being done by Adele, giving the instruments a new lease of life as well as providing the opportunity for ongoing tuning and regulating practice, to further improve her skills. Clients can be assured that the quality of her work will be of a professional standard. (November 2017).
Adele's restoration project...
Pictured is a 1960s Monington and Weston upright. Basically with ‘good bones’ and casework in mint condition. Work done included a major pitch raise involving several tunings. The action (which has the hammers and dampers) was been removed and stripped down completely (a labour – intensive task), with all flanges being fitted with new centre pins. The hammer felts were also voiced to improve the tone.
The copper wound bass strings were badly affected with sulphur and needed to be removed and cleaned. Once replaced, the tone was restored virtually back to normal. A great result All the key bushings were eased where necessary and keyboard leveled. Finally the piano was regulated, to enable all the moving parts to operate within the fine tolerances required. All work was done by Adele under Brian's supervision but with minimal help from him. She was finally rewarded with an excellent piano that will give many more years of playing pleasure.
With the task completed and the piano now in Adele's home, further restoration projects are currently underway in our workshop.
* Approved Syllabus - Apprentice Training Manual, Randy Potter School of Piano Technology.