Reasons A Piano Needs Periodic Tuning

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A traditional piano is a complicated work of art that is sensitive to its environment. After an extended period of use, it is likely to need some degree of string tuning. Piano owners can prolong the effectiveness of each tuning by minimizing the factors that cause a piano to lose its tune. A full-size piano contains over 200 strings. Each string is under constant tension and is attached to its own tuning pin. There are several conditions that can lead to the gradual lessening of the tension of a piano string. Humidity and temperature Pianos are subject to the changing conditions of the seasons. Both low humidity and high humidity have the potential to weaken the wood components of a piano. Wide fluctuations in temperature result in a slight expansion or contraction of the internal parts surrounding the strings. All pianos contain a cast-iron frame shaped somewhat like a harp. The metal is able to support the tension of tightened strings. A laminated wooden pin block is attached atop the edge of the cast-iron frame to hold tuning pins for the strings. The cast-iron frame has a hole for every tuning pin, but it is the attached wooden pin block that actually secures each tuning pin. Conditions of very low or very high humidity reduce the ability of the wooden pin block to hold the precise position of every tuning key. Over time, you may notice a key somewhere along your keyboard that sounds out of tune. There are other practical precautions that you can take to protect the pin block of your piano from environmental conditions. Placement within a room If possible, locate your piano away from air-conditioning vents. Select a location that does not receive direct rays from the sun. Try to minimize rapid changes in temperature and humidity. A hygrometer is a useful device for monitoring relative humidity. Moving The heavy weight of a piano is the primary reason that its movement is so difficult and challenging. Even if you are just moving it within your home, use extra care to ensure that the entire process is handled delicately. If a piano is moved to a different residence or business, the rigor of the move itself could result in a need for tuning. A piano that is out of tune is frustrating to play. The personal motivation to practice is enhanced by knowing that all keys are tuned and ready. Contact a piano tuning specialist for further information about keeping your piano in perfect tune. To learn more, contact a company like Gavin Piano Services...

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2 Things To Pay Close Attention To Before Hiring A Celebrity Impersonator

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having the opportunity to meet a celebrity is a dream for many people. Unfortunately, the opportunity to interact with A-list celebrities doesn’t present itself often for the average person. If you are looking for a fun way to add some star status to your next party, you might want to consider investing in an impersonator. These individuals can give you a glimpse of what it would be like to hang out with a celebrity for the evening, and provide entertainment for your guests. Here are two things to be looking for when you hire an impersonator to ensure that you come as close to the real thing as possible when contracting for a “celebrity” for the evening. 1. Appearance Ideally, you want an impersonator that resembles your favorite celebrity. People often make snap judgments about others based on initial appearances, and since your impersonator is supposed to resemble a well-known public figure your guests will likely be able to pick out any discrepancies in their appearance. Before making a final booking be sure that you take the time to see your impersonator dressed as a celebrity in person. While attire and accessories are certainly important, pay close attention to the way the impersonator uses makeup to alter his or her appearance. A skilled impersonator will be able to use makeup to replicate the physical features of your favorite celebrity, so examining the quality of the impersonator’s work when it comes to appearance in person will ensure your guests feel as though they actually have a celebrity in their midst. 2. Voice Because celebrities have jobs that require them to use their voices, these voices are easily recognizable. Even if your impersonator has mastered your favorite celebrity’s appearance, failing to master the voice impersonation as well could ruin the illusion for your guests. Altering your vocal identity actually requires a physical change in the brain. Researchers have observed increased neural activity in the left anterior insula and inferior frontal gyrus (the parts of the brain responsible for speech control) when an individual does a vocal impersonation. This suggests that practice is required to establish the new neural pathways that allow an impersonator to mimic the vocal stylings of a celebrity. Ask any potential impersonators about their practice habits, and have them conduct the initial interview in character. Doing so will allow you to see just how convincing the impersonator can be over an extended period of time. Adding an impersonator for hire to your party can be a fun way to give your guests a night they will never forget. Be sure that you take the time to carefully examine the appearance and vocal abilities of a potential impersonator to...

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3 Wedding Photography Options for Your Big Day

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you are planning your wedding, one of the most important factors you will need to consider is your choice of wedding photographer. The photos at your wedding will be your most emblematic and important reminder of your special day for many years to come. All of the family members and friends that came to see you, the wedding party, the festivities will all be immortalized in your wedding photos. Because these photos are so important, your choice of wedding photographer is extremely important. So, get to know your wedding photographer options and make your selection as soon as possible. Professional Photography Service The option that many people choose for their wedding photography needs is a professional photography service. There are a variety of benefits associated with hiring a professional photography service or company.  First, professional photography services have experience in wedding photography. They have top-of-the-line equipment and additional lighting resources, and they are able to determine easily which pictures and locales will work and which will not. Professional services will also be able to detect minute details that others may not. For example, in posed shots if all the bridesmaids but one have both of their hands on their bouquets, the entire picture can look unorganized and unusable. But professional photography services are trained to pay close attention to such details and correct errors before the photos are taken.  Hire a University Student If you cannot afford the cost of a professional wedding photography service, you may want to consider a close second. University students who are studying art and photography can make for excellent wedding photographers at a fraction of the cost of professional photography services.  Post an ad on university job boards (both on campus and online), or attend campus photography and art exhibitions to talk to the students directly while also getting an idea of the type of work they do.  While hiring a student is cheaper than professional services, student photographers may not provide you with the same high-quality results. They are also less reliable and in the worst case scenario could leave you high and dry on your big day.  Ask a Trusted Friend or Two If you have a friend or a few friends who have their own high-quality camera equipment and who can be trusted with the important photographs on your big day, you can also ask them for assistance. The biggest benefit of this wedding photography option is the cost. You may not be required to pay for services at all (they might offer their services as a wedding gift), or if you do the fee will be minimal. While it is very unlikely that your friends will leave you...

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Top 5 Big Investment Antique Items

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the economy starting to slowly pick back up, many people are looking for investments outside of the traditional forms. Collecting antiques can be a fun and potentially profitable way to secure a rainy day fund. Antiquing is a unique form of investment because it has the potential to benefit your life immediately, adding a cultural and aesthetic value to your home. The downside, however, is the lack of uncertainty when purchasing an antique item. Unlike other financial investments, antiques are not backed up by any financial services set in place to protect buyers and the market relies solely on people’s personal tastes. This is why researching the antiques market is key before making any big purchases. Below are the top antiques to buy if you’re looking for a large and consistent investment. 1. Original Furniture A piece of furniture that has not been modified, painted, or retouched can be worth a lot of money. While pristine condition is best—minimal scratches, tears or chipped paint—an original piece of furniture from a popular designer can fetch a large price tag regardless. 2. Prewar Glassware and Boxes   Though they may seem insignificant, old wooden boxes and glassware are sound investments with a plethora of buyers. 3. Designer Jewelry Antique designer jewelry is always well sought after, but what most people don’t know is that name brand costume jewelry can also be worth a decent sum of money and can often be overlooked by novice buyers and sellers. 4. Vintage Name-Brand Clothing Vintage clothing and handbags are always popular sale items. Brands such as Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton are commonly sought after. 5. Built-in Architectural Pieces Old building signs are very collectable and have a huge fan base. But, other built-in home items can also be worth a lot of money. Wrought iron details, tiles, and lighting fixtures are some of the most prevalent antique home goods with a profitable sellout. Additional Purchasing Tips: Consider this additional antiquing tips before your next trip to the flea market. Only buy what you love—in the event you cannot sell your antique in a timely manner, it’s best that you actually enjoy the piece you’ve purchased. You might have to live with it for a while, after all. Purchase from reputable sources—while estate sales are a great source for finding antiques, make sure a reputable dealer or appraiser is present. Auctions can also be a great way to obtain rare antiques. Research beforehand—prior to any purchase, read up on the items you’re looking into. Appraisal websites and antique books can give you an estimate on what you should be paying and what the item is worth. Ask a professional like Crissy Galleries for...

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How To Make Your Casino Experience Positive

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are going on a trip that will involve visiting a casino, plan ahead so that your trip ends on a good note and not with you depressed and destitute. Casinos can be fun-filled places, but have a way of drawing in newcomers so that they become overwhelmed and confused by the lights and entertainment. As long as you keep your cool and follow some tips while gambling, you will have a great time that you can reflect upon in the future. Limit Alcohol Consumption While Playing Free drinks may seem very tempting to you while gambling, but they can hinder your ability to make wise decisions and can cost you your savings. You may be in a position in which you need to think quickly during one of the games that you are playing. Keep a level head by avoiding drinks until you are done playing for the night. After your gambling session, you will be able to celebrate the fact that you did not spend all of your money. You may also want to sit back with a drink if you lucked out and were able to win a prize. Time Yourself And Take Breaks It is so easy to become mesmerized by bright lights and spinning wheels. This could cause you to spend your entire night in one spot, feeding your money into a machine. Take charge by setting up a time frame before entering the casino. Wear a watch to help you keep track of how much time has elapsed. Spend several minutes playing one game. If you do not win, do not become discouraged. Move on to a new area to try out your luck. It is also a good idea to go outside several times throughout the night so that you can clear your head and calm down from the excitement. Once you return to the casino, you will be focused and ready to play. Split Prizes And Ask About Bonuses If you are at a casino with friends and family members, increase your odds of winning by splitting prizes. If all of you agree to do this, each person can try a different slot machine or game table. If they win, everyone will win some money. This makes the experience enjoyable for the entire group. Upon arrival, inquire about free chips or bonuses for newcomers. Many casinos offer these incentives as a way to get you to play. As long as you stick to your budget and do not spend more than you are willing to, you will come out as a winner. Remember, casinos are fun places to visit, but do not have unrealistic expectations. Try to add additional activities...

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