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Piano Maintenance – Cleaning and Polishing

Go ahead… ask me. Ask how many different products i’ve used over the years trying to find the best polish and cleaner for pianos.  Well the answer would be about 15.  Generally there are 2 types of finishes on pianos – lacquer and polyester.  Polyester is usually the mirror finish on grands and uprights.  Although lacquer can achieve the sheen, polyester resin is by far the product of choice to obtain that look due to its intrinsic properties.  While lacquer is somewhat hard, it also is thin and brittle.  Poly (as they say in the biz) is thick and durable.  I usually tell people that is has similar properties to glass – looks beautiful for a very long time.  Chip it and it doesn’t really repair well.  Lacquer however can be easily touched up but doesn’t have the same long term durability.  I’ve seen 20 and 30 year old poly pianos that look showroom condition but i can’t honestly say that about lacquer.  Regardless, the do-all product that seems to work well for both is Cory Polish.  It cleans, it polishes and most important, it doesn’t leave a greasy residual film.  Keep rubbing with a soft cloth and it can even burnish the top layer to rub out superficial scratches.  To boot, it smells nice.  Now if you have a satin piano… Cory also makes a polish for that as well.  Give it a go… it’s the best i’ve found over the last 14 years.

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Pentatude

Penta comes from the word Pentatonic while Etude is the French word for “study”. Together they form Pentatude – an all black note book written for the piano. 

Repertoire:

  1. Big Bad John – this song is simply an easy black note blues tune
  2. Coming Home – represents that place we hold dear to us… and when we return home, the peace it provides
  3. The Harpist – Let’s face it, every kid loves to do glissandos.  Fill yer boots.  This is the right song for those gliss-lovers.
  4. Hey Jimmy – Pure unadulterated funk.  Groove at its best.
  5. Inspiration of Ghana – Was written to sound like mallets playing
  6. On My Morning Run – If you ever come to Victoria, BC Canada… take a walk along the inner harbour and you’ll understand the scene.
  7. Never Supposed to End This Way – A melancholy end to a relationship.
  8. Nothing But Blue Skies – And when there are blue skies… you just want to get up and dance.  This is the music for the blue skies.
  9. Raindrops and Lilypads – 5/8 time, it depicts a very gentle scene of water droplets on lilypads.
  10. Saltair – Live near the ocean and this smell is unmistakeable.
  11. Slowpoke – Yeeee hawwww. Giddyup.  A wee tune for them thar country folk.
  12. The Deep South – This is 6/8 time old gospel.  Give it a listen.

Click here to visit the Pentatude book and listen to recordings.

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