Sticky Piano Key

During my time at home I have started to play my piano a little more.

Piano repair, playing again, piano playing, stuck piano keyHowever, I soon realized that I needed to fix a sticky key. As long as I had been playing 1/4 notes there was no problem, but 1/8 and 1/16 notes were a little difficult.

Piano repair, playing again, piano playing, stuck piano keyI had to clean off the top of the piano and then open it up. I could then see the hammers and strings.

Piano repair, playing again, piano playing, stuck piano keyNext was the front cover and I could see most of the internal workings.

Piano repair, playing again, piano playing, stuck piano keyAlmost there as after I took off the keyboard cover I had one more piece to take off. This was the only one that required a tool. Luckily I had the right size screwdriver.

Piano repair, playing again, piano playing, stuck piano keyI was finally able to take out the offending ‘A’ key. I did a little bit of trimming and then it moved smoothly and resets without any problem. Hopefully this time it will keep working smoothly. I have had to make adjustments before. If it happens again I may see if I can order a new key from the manufacturer. However, the engineer in me will probably just try and adjust it a bit more 🙂

Child playing piano - old upright pianoIt has been nice to play again, even though I am just playing some very basic pieces. The ability to play is slowly coming back along with memories of taking music lessons in the old Harper Mansion in Ottumwa, Iowa. I have heard my piano teacher play for a few on-line memorial services earlier this year. Good memories, and partly why I have thought of playing again.

Did you take piano lessons when you were young?

Steven

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Clean Air

Tonight I am thinking of some of the cleanest air I have ever experienced. The air here is so unhealthy and thinking about clean air helps just a little bit 🙂

Paradise Bay Antarctica, Antarctic Cruise, clean air, cold air, furthest southThis may not look very clean, but it is only because it is overcast. The air that I was breathing as I took these pictures was so clean and fresh. It was also a bit cold, but perhaps not as cold as you would expect since this was in Antarctica.

Paradise Bay Antarctica, Antarctic Cruise, clean air, cold air, furthest southThese pictures were all taken in Paradise Bay, which is on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Paradise Bay Antarctica, Antarctic Cruise, clean air, cold air, furthest southThe shapes of the iceberg fragments were very interesting.

Paradise Bay Antarctica, Antarctic Cruise, clean air, cold air, furthest southIt was a bit scary to have such large pieces of ice near the ship, but it was so beautiful.

Paradise Bay Antarctica, Antarctic Cruise, clean air, cold air, furthest southIt was an experience that I will always remember and one that I hope to have again someday.

It would really be nice to have the fresh air from that day replace what we have here. I would even take the cold weather if that is what it would take. But, I would settle for an unseasonable rain storm that would clear the air.

In a year of weird weather, please send us some unseasonable rain to help clear the air.

Steven

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