Introducing Adele Dixon Bachelor of Music (Performance)
Adele completed three years of training as a piano tuner/technician, under the guidelines of an Approved Syllabus*. She is currently taking over Brian's clientele in the Eastern Bay of Plenty where she lives. Her work involves tuning, voicing, regulation, restringing and repair, using both traditional and modern techniques. Adele has put in the many hours of work needed to learn this demanding profession and with the help of Brian's tuition and encouragement, she has reached her goal. She has been involved with several major projects, giving pianos a new lease of life. Adele continues to maintain a professional association with Brian and clients can be assured that the quality of her work is of a high standard. (September 2018).
Adele covers the Eastern Bay of Plenty (Whakatane region, Edgecumbe and Kawerau). So for customers who live in those areas you can contact her direct on 027 531 9502.
Eastern Bay of Plenty (Whakatane region, Edgecumbe and Kawerau).
One of Adele's initial restoration projects...
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 removed and stripped down completely (a labour – intensive task), and all flanges fitted with new centre pins. The hammer felts were also voiced to improve the tone.
The copper wound bass strings on this piano 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.
* Approved Syllabus - Apprentice Training Manual, Randy Potter School of Piano Technology (U.S.)