Piano Repair & Restoration
If you own a piano that is due or even over-due for quality refinishing, repair or restoration of any kind, from Ashland to Okolona, to Louisville to Lyndon to Elsmere to Fern Creek, your piano repair is as close as the entrance to your local interstate highway. Our expert movers are picking up, delivering & delighting piano lovers in Kentucky and all across the country every day with pianos we repair and restore.
History of the Piano
In the classic text, Pianos and their Makers; A Comprehensive History of the Development of the Piano, written by Alfred Dolge and originally published in 1911 by the Covina Publishing Company, the author tells the story of Pythagoras, the presocratic philosopher, having what Dodge calls "the Monochord", to test the mathematical theories of the day, where many had a particular interest in the relations between musical sounds and the metaphysical world of numbers. The instrument, which Dodge claims is the prototype of the modern piano, had a single string (made from animal byproducts, i.e. "catgut" worked into string) "strung over a wooden box." (Alfred Dolge, Pianos and their Makers, Dover, 1972, unabridged republication of the original 1911 manuscript.)
Apparently, a scale of some sort was produced by plucking the string against the wood.
In the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. E. there probabably wasn't much of a background industry supporting the repair and rebuilding of the Monochord, even thought it might be a prototype of the piano. The Monochord would need several centuries of refinement and invention before a restoration industry would develop around the making of fine musical instruments, like violins and pianos.
According to Dodge, other prototypes of the modern piano are the Clavicytherium from Italy and Germany, the Clavichord, the Spinet, and the Harpsichord. From the Harpsichord emerges the Pianoforte, then the Square Piano, then the Upright Piano and then the Grand Piano. The concert grand piano quickly gains the reputation for being the apex of inventive genius.
University of Kentucky School of Music
The University of Kentucky School of Music has recently been recognized for its excellence in musical training. The recognition is for opera, choral and instrumental performance, including piano. The School of Music is also recognized for concentrations in music education, music composition, music theory and music history. The school does not have a department specializing in piano technology, but you can leave the professional piano rebuilding, piano repair, or piano restoration to Sweeney Piano.