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3-1-17 We are doing a lot of piano tuning now.  We still have 4 new vertical  pianos and 1 new grand. We still have our pre owned Young Chang 7’2″ semi concert grand. We love what we do and we are good at what we do.

12-28-16   We are still retiring from retail.  We have great savings on all instruments.  All of our accessories at 1/2 price.  We will be going back to our roots when we sell everything and focus only on pianos.  We are piano tuners by trade and that is what we really enjoy doing. we Move Pianos, Tune Pianos, Regulate Pianos, And rebuild piano actions.  Come visit us.

 

12-1-16  Cundiff & Sons Pianos is still retiring from retail.  Prices are slashed.  We have 5 vertical pianos, 1 new grand, and one preowned Semi Concert Grand piano left.  We also have several guitars left, and lots of accessories left.  If you need Christmas presents this is the place to shop.  We are still tuning and rebuilding pianos and plan to continue to do so.

 

10-19-16  Cundiff & Sons Pianos Is Pricing inventory and getting ready for our last and biggest sale ever.  We are retiring from retail.  Be watching for the beginning of the sale, and come in to get your great bargains.

10-17-16  After much thought and consideration I have decided to close the retail end of Cundiff & Sons Pianos.  I will be drawing my first social security check this month.  I have decided that I don’t need the hassle of operating a retail store and tuning pianos at my age.  It is time to start enjoying life.  All our inventory will soon be marked down and we will begin advertising a huge sale event.  Keep your eyes open.  It will be the best sale you have ever saw.

10-7-16  It is 8:30 A.M. and I can truthfully say, “At the least this week has been a very busy week.”  I tuned 6 pianos for the Bowling Green school system Monday, and 5 Tuesday.  It was good to wake up in my own bed Wednesday morning and spend the day at the store Wednesday.  Robbie is still on vacation.  Bradley got back Wednesday and tuned a piano Wednesday morning.  He tuned a used piano that afternoon, and we delivered it to the buyer on Thursday morning.  We also picked up an organ and brought it to the store.  Today I woke up early and we had almost no water pressure.  I hope that improves.  I will probably go to the water company and report it later today.  I hope it is something simple.  It is good for things to be back to normal.  I really hope Robbie and his family get home OK.  They are in Florida and Hurricane Matthew is coming.  They tell me that it won’t be close to them.  I hope they are right.

9-23-16. It has been a very eventful week, I should say month. My computer crashed and we have been really busy tuning pianos. Today was a very interesting day. I tuned a Gulbransen Player Piano. This tuning also involved a 200 cents pitch raise. I am going back to do a good solid tuning on October 14th. I hope to eventually put a new WNG action in this piano. I am excited about the possibilities that this piano has. This piano has very good finish and is in very good shape. I will try to be more consistent in posting regularly in the future.

9-1-16  This has been an interesting day.  I finished the last semester piano tuning a Campbellsville University School of Music yesterday, so I have spent most of the day on the computer catching up.  All Campbellsville University Pianos are ready to go for the semester.  I have to remember that the first recital of the year is Sunday September 11th.  I have to tune for that.  I Scheduled some tunings and did odd and in things, but I have enjoyed the time to rest.

8-28-16:  I am sorry I haven’t had the opportunity to post anything in awhile, but we have been tuning pianos at Campbellsville University “School of Music”.  Campbellsville is a Great institution to work for.  They have about 42 pianos to tune.  Bradley has been helping me.  In the middle of tuning the pianos at C. U.  I tuned several private pianos, delivered 2 Casio CGP 700s that we sold.  We also sold a very nice Breedlove and a Guild Guitar.  It has been a very good couple of weeks,  I will be  back with more.  I Have to go get ready for church right now.  Home from church, ate some lunch went to the University and tuned a piano.  I will tune the last one in the morning.  All pianos will be ready for the fall semester.  There will be tunings to do for recitals and other activities, but they will mainly be directed to one piano.

8-13-16  Well I am 1 year older today.(62) I will try to get back into writing soon.  It has been a good week.  A lot more foot traffic in the store.   We sold another CGP 700 Privia.  I am excited about that. This is such a great Digital Piano.  The first customer that bought one asked me to lay down some tracts for them , so I have been spending a lot of time on that.  I am learning a lot.  My timing is not as good as it used to be.  I am having to do a lot of punch in recording.  For those of you who don’t know what punch in recording is, it is something that makes life a lot easier for the person doing the recording.  When you her a mistake, just find the octave that the mistake is in, pick the type of recording you want to do, punch in the measure on both sides of the bad measure.  This way you don’t have to replay the whole song.  I bought a flash drive and saved the songs to the flash drive.  This digital piano also plays midi files that you might save from your computer, if I understand what I read in the owners manual.  Without a doubt this is the most user friendly digital I have ever played.

 

It has been really busy around here lately.  I am optimistic that the economy may be picking up.  We sold 2 Breedlove guitars last week.  We sold our Pramberger 157 yesterday.  Robbie and Bradley will deliver it Monday. I sold the CGP 700 a couple months ago.  It has been a lay away item here at the store.  The people that bought it are going to pay it off the first of next week.  They let me know they wanted me to record down 25 songs before we deliver it.  That’s okay, because I really like being at the CGP700 playing, recording, or doing anything.  Lots of times I go to it and let it play and me sing or play the guitar with it.  Usually I like to lay down the accompaniment track first.  That allows me to play piano and do fills and other stuff.

We also tuned 18 Pianos.  Next week we start doing the fall semester tunings at Campbellsville University School of Music.  There are 42 of them  I have until August 30th to finish.  I am going to have Bradley help me.  Of course there are private tunings to do also.  Come and see us sometime,

 

7-30-16  This has been a really busy week.  We tuned 28 pianos.  We will tune as hard as we can next week, because Campbellsville University tuning starts the 2nd week of August.  There are 42 Pianos there that have to be tuned before the 30th.  We also sold 2 Breedlove guitars.  Microsoft has a new app out that I like very much on Windows 10.  It is called sway.  You can really do a lot of things with it.  I will try to make a post here if I can figure out how to do it.  I am thinking that my next series of articles in the blog may be about maintenance.  Tuning is not the only reason to tune the piano.  The piano technician can check the regulation, hammer wear,  he can check for mouse damage as well.

 

7-21-16:  Today has been a very busy day.  I got up this morning and had my coffee as usual, did the online banking, waited for Bradley and Robbie to come in.  Robbie took my wife and the grand-kids to Chucky Cheese’s. While they were playing Robbie tuned 2 pianos.  I tuned a piano in Breeding, came back to the store and spent some time on the schedule while Bradley filed a set of hammers for Campbellsville University.  He has another set to do tomorrow.  He then has to put the actions back in the pianos and regulate them.  The fall semester starts August 30th, so we must get geared up and start the tuning process.  Campbellsville University School of Music has 42 pianos.  We will start tuning the pianos the first week of August.

7-20-16.  Fun, Fun,  It is sales tax day today.  It has been a good week so far.  The boys moved a piano yesterday.  We have some regulation work to do at C.U. and we have several tunings to do.  There is a young man named Peter Foster that comes into the store about once a week.  He has a lot of health problems, but he has a joy in his heart that I can’t explain, other than the love of Jesus is in him.  He likes Bach and he is blind.  He comes in and plays the pianos. and he loves the harpsichord on the Casio CGP700.  There was a man in yesterday. Peter gave him a mini concert.  after it was all over the man came back in yesterday afternoon to tell that a reporter had heard about Peter coming to the store to play, and the reporter is going to be here Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. to talk with Peter and get his story.  This is great stuff.

 

7-11-16. Back to normal Our two SEILER pianos are back in the store. Moldy theatre is quiet and everyone around here is back to their old routine. I have been scheduling turnings all weekend.  We will be busy this week, to say the least.

If you would like to stop by and check out our SEILER Grands, or Uprights  come on in.  We really appreciate customers coming in to look even if they aren’t in the market.  We are not as big as some stores but we put our best into every piano we sell.  Our pianos have consistent touch, tone , sustain, power, and control.  That was evident in the way they performed in, “My Fair Lady.”  I was blown away.  I went to the theatre twice to touch up the tuning and each time I only tweaked a couple unisons. This shows they are very good pianos.

7-1-16  Here it is.  The last of the Seiler Timeline.  I hope everyone can appreciate the way these two companies evolved.

I was working in the warehouse at Samick in 2009 when I remember seeing my first Seiler.  I had the most beautiful finish I had ever saw.  I am proud to be a dealer of these fine pianos today.  These pianos are very exciting.  We rented an ED Seiler 168 and a Johannes Seiler 186 to Campbellsville University for the production of ,”My Fair Lady”.  These pianos went through several rehearsals an performances.  I went up to the theatre to touch up the tuning today and just did a few unisons.  When a piano holds tune that good it shows that it is very good.

1963

Anton Seiler-Dütz’s son Steffen saves the consummate knowledge of 100 years of piano making by rescuing valuable sketches and frame moulds. He decides to make a new start, first in Denmark, then, from 1963 on, production of pianos based on Liegnitz models starts in the Franconian town of Kitzingen. With his pioneer spirit and creativity, Steffen Seiler Systematically enlarges the line-up from practising pianos to high-end concert grands. Hecontinued to develop the unique transparent Seiler sound by adding new patents such as the SMR technique (super-magnet repetition technique) or the DuoVox silent system. His name is therefore closely linked to the connection possibilities to digital devices for pianos, which add the musical world of the 21st century to the piano. The majority of the workers at Kitzingen factory are loyal to the company since many years – the basis for maintaining consistent high quality of Seiler pianos, now and in future.

 

1923

Anton Seiler-Dütz, the son-in-law of Johannes Seiler becomes head of the company and continues its successful development – 430 employees make the company “Eastern Germany’s largest piano manufacturer”. World-famous artists and pianists  like Enrico Caruso, Arthur Nikisch and Ruggiero Leoncavallo are using Seiler instruments during their career. Seilers can also be found at the Bayreuth festival and in concert halls all over the World.

1907

Seiler becomes an international company

Since 1893, Seiler runs a big dependency at Berlin. That is managed by Dr. Richard Stern. In 1907, a Dependency opens at Breslau (Wroclaw) that is run by a long-term employee and general manager, Willy Heinze. The London dependency is run by the gentlemen Barnes and Mullins who distribute Seiler pianos in England and its colonies, as Seiler instruments are extremely stable under tropic climate conditions. Seiler pianos and grands are state of the art: their nice sound and the easy touch are unsurpassed. At the best educational institutions such as the Royal Conservatory at Berlin and other leading universities, conservatories in Germany and abroad, Seiler pianinos and grands are in use.

6-28-16: It has been somewhat  hectic this week.  I am searching on the web fo a program that will do what Quickbooks and Microsoft Access will do.  I have found some that are close, but none that will do the check register, track invoices, and customers.  This is really time consuming.  I really like it now when people come in the store. It helps break the monotony of looking for this software.  I enjoy the company too.

6-25-16:  Another busy week.  We started out the week by setting up the two pianos at Mobley theatre. I am pretty excited to have this chance to be able to help out with this event.  I have been in the office most of the week trying to learn as much as I can about filemaker and the Ipad pro.  There is not a lot for me to write so I think I will post the rest of the Seiler Story.

1896

1896 and 1907, big new factory buildings are built; So that now 350 workers are employed. More than 40 of them have be working for Seiler for more than 25 years then, which helps to assure consistent quality of the instruments. The annual production at that time is about 2.000 grands and pianinos (Italian for “small piano”, which was then the usual term for what today is called “upright piano”). After Johannes Seiler’s death in 1907, his nephew Robert Lauterbach becomes head of the Company, Ludwig Lauterbach becoming Sales Director.

1907

Seiler becomes an international company

Since 1893, Seiler runs a big dependency at Berlin. That is managed by Dr. Richard Stern. In 1907, a Dependency opens at Breslau (Wroclaw) that is run by a long-term employee and general manager, Willy Heinze. The London dependency is run by the gentlemen Barnes and Mullins who distribute Seiler pianos in England and its colonies, as Seiler instruments are extremely stable under tropic climate conditions. Seiler pianos and grands are state of the art: their nice sound and the easy touch are unsurpassed. At the best educational institutions such as the Royal Conservatory at Berlin and other leading universities, conservatories in Germany and abroad, Seiler pianinos and grands are in use.

1923

Anton Seiler-Dütz, the son-in-law of Johannes Seiler becomes head of the company and continues its successful development – 430 employees make the company “Eastern Germany’s largest piano manufacturer”. World-famous artists and pianists  like Enrico Caruso, Arthur Nikisch and Ruggiero Leoncavallo are using Seiler instruments during their career. Seilers can also be found at the Bayreuth festival and in concert halls all over the World.

1963

Anton Seiler-Dütz’s son Steffen saves the consummate knowledge of 100 years of piano making by rescuing valuable sketches and frame moulds. He decides to make a new start, first in Denmark, then, from 1963 on, production of pianos based on Liegnitz models starts in the Franconian town of Kitzingen. With his pioneer spirit and creativity, Steffen Seiler Systematically enlarges the line-up from practising pianos to high-end concert grands. Hecontinued to develop the unique transparent Seiler sound by adding new patents such as the SMR technique (super-magnet repetition technique) or the DuoVox silent system. His name is therefore closely linked to the connection possibilities to digital devices for pianos, which add the musical world of the 21st century to the piano. The majority of the workers at Kitzingen factory are loyal to the company since many years – the basis for maintaining consistent high quality of Seiler pianos, now and in future.

MORE TO COME!!!!!!!!

6-20-16: Well it has been a busy day, and it isn’t over yet.  I turned the open sign on about 8:15 even though we don’t officially open until 12:00.  Robbie and Bradley got here about 9:00.  They had to move 2 Grand pianos and set them up at Mobley theatre on Campbellsville University Campus.  The Theatre Department is doing “My Fair Lady This Year”.  We are very excited to be in a position to help.  The Campbellsville town hall is sponsoring the event.  The information I have at the moment is that there will be 5 performances and one of them will be on July 4th.  here are some 20160620_175104370_iOS (4)pictures of Robbie and Bradley setting up.  Robbie and Bradley worked hard to get these pianos on stage, and set.  I was pleased with how they looked.20160620_144225516_iOS20160620_144310370_iOS

6-17-16 I got up this morning thankful for another day.  I set and relaxed with a cup of coffee. I checked both bank books and did some work on the website.  Then I realized I had an appointment to do some damper work, man I hate damper work.  I am pretty good at it since I used to install dampers at Samick, but that doesn’t make me like it.  The piano I was working was a 50″ Petrof.  The middle string was not sounding clear because the damper was not lifting properly.  The customer didn’t like the sound when the pedal was adjusted with just a bit of lost motion.  The fix was to bend the damper wire back, and then forward at the top.  They had an angle and they were lifting more at the top than the bottom.  They sound good now and I am back home in the store.

6-16-16  I hope you found the Pramberger legacy interesting.  I realize it is quite a read.  I don’t think most know when they hear the Pramberger name mentioned how closely tied to Steinway the Pramberger family was.  This is why I am proud to be a Pramberger dealer.  Pramberger offers more financial options for the customer that cannot afford a Steinway.  I also believe if you try a Pramberger that has been properly prepped and voiced you will discover that it is one of the best playing and sounding pianos you have ever set down to. I am now going to share the Seiler story with you.  You will find it equally powerful and revealing.

1849

In 1849, Eduard Seiler founds the “Pianoforte-Fabrik” at Liegnitz. His vision: he wants to provide pianos and grands as well for professional use as for middle classes to allow them to explore the world of music. The first Seiler piano is already characterized by the unique, transparent Seiler sound. A lot of work is put in the construction and assembly of the first Instruments, handmade from best materials in small workshops. The aim is clear: to reach perfection. The efforts lead to success – In 1872, for example, Seiler receives a gold medal at Moscow for the outstanding quality. Thus, the workshops soon become too small. The Pianoforte-Fabrik therefore moves to Steinmarkt no.3 in 1860 and opens showrooms in Goldbergerstraße. The two sons, Paul and Max are more and more supporting their father.
After some years with troubles such as the wars of 1864, 1866 and 1870/71, a new business increase follows that makes Eduard Seiler have a new steam-powered factory built in 1873, where more than 100 workers start producing in spring of 1874. Eduard Seiler dies soon. Afterwards in autumn of 1875. The company is run by the sons Paul and Max for the next four years before both die young in 1879.

1879

In the meantime, the younger brother Johannes Seiler has finished his apprenticeship in the craft of piano making. He does not only gather experiences in his father’s factory, but also works in other well-known factories during some years of travelling through Europe. Therefore, Johannes Seiler becomes technical director in1879, his brothers-in-law August Lauterbach and Oswald Kasig joining the company as sales managers. Due to these three managers, Seiler piano company becomes one of Germany’s and the World’s foremost piano makers. Prizes and awards from Vienna, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Chicago, Berlin and Milan form the basis of Seiler’s Worldwide reknown. In 1882, own action and keyboard production starts. The wood yards have the extent of whole quarters.http://seilerpianousa.com/ Click on this link for much more.  Videos, more history and much more.  http://www.thepianoreview.com/piano-ratings.html  I highly recommend that you check out this link to see where Seiler stacks up against the best pianos in the business.

 

6-12-16  Today we got to go to church.  It felt good to be back in God’s house.  Jo Ann and I had missed four Sundays in a row.  When we miss one it really bothers us.  For those of you that don’t know,  my mom passed away last week.  Visitation was Tuesday and the funeral was Wednesday.  We are going to really miss her.

On a different note Bradley moved the showroom around.  We moved the digital pianos in the showroom with the acoustics.  We truly have a room devoted to guitars, amps, guitar strings, tuners, and other stuff on the Green River Music side.  Let me see if I can round up a picture of the showroom the way it is now.http://cundiffpiano.com/

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6-9-16

We will be renting 2 pianos to Campbellsville University Theatre for a Production to be performed on July 4th   We are very excited to have this opportunity to serve the University.. Brad and Robbie will be moving the pianos. They are very good at moving pianos. They usually tell me to stay out of the way.

6-4-16  I probably won’t be on here as much in the coming week or 2.  My Mom is in her final days.  She has multiple mylenoma.  She was in remission until about 2 weeks ago, but it has come back on her hard.  There are just a lot of things to take care of.  However, I wanted to get the rest of The Pramberger Legacy on here so you can be pondering who the Pramberger family really were. You will find the rest of the story where it is supposed to be.  I will plan to post the Pramberger timeline next week.  It is quite extensive and noteworthy.

http://prambergerpianoco.com/about-us/

6-2-16   There is more to come.http://prambergerpianoco.com/about-us/ 

The Pramberger Legacy

History
The Pramberger legacy began over 225 years ago with the birth of Joseph Johann Pramberger in Tyrol, Austria in 1779. Joseph learned the skills of woodworking and at a very young age in Vienna during an era in history where every aspect of creating a piano was an art of learned skill and personal craftsmanship. Joseph had the utmost respect for the tradition of craftsmanship and piano building principles, and his education led him to become a Master Artisan in Europe.

After serving an apprenticeship under Mathias Muller in the early 1800s, Joseph was employed and then later partnered with Michael Schweighofer, a Viennese piano builder. After several years, Pramberger gained full ownership of the Schweighofer & Pramberger Piano Shop in Vienna. At this time, many important innovations were invented while classical music’s popularity started to gain momentum. In addition, Joseph learned the importance of protecting his hard work and inventions, patenting several new piano designs, piano strings and metal soundboard.  Joseph Johann Pramberger’s two sons, Johann Jr. and Joseph, followed in his footsteps. Johann Jr. learned the trade and eventually took over the family business, while Joseph studied the art of woodworking alongside his brother and later became an independent piano builder. The family secrets of fine woodworking and masterful skills were passed down from generation to generation in the Pramberger family, and Anton Pramberger was no exception. Anton became a Master Artisan at an early age in the tradition of Old World European craftsmen as he learned directly from his grandfather by working as an apprentice for him. It was also a time when he learned the value of traditions, the importance of detail, and how to apply only the best craftsmanship principles. Anton once recalled his grandfather instructing him at a young age to “meticulously observe only the best work of others, and absorb every possible detail and nuance of their craft.”  With Europe still recovering from the devastation brought on by World War II, along with the advice and prodding of his family, Anton decided to move his family and immigrate to the United States. His uncles and cousins had already been employed by Steinway & Sons since 1913, and he was offered a job at Steinway’s piano factory in Astoria, New York. He dedicated roughly the next 25 years to Steinway & Sons working as a pattern maker and constructing the complex machinery required to manufacture pianos. Anton’s son Joseph, just 12 years old when the family migrated to the United States, continued the family tradition by following in his father’s footsteps. He too gained employment with Steinway & Sons, spending nearly 30 years with the company as he honed his piano making skills and technique.

Joseph Pramberger never stopped studying the art of piano making, choosing to expand his knowledge through formal education by attending New York University and earning a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. His vision was to recapture and recreate sound characteristics of a “Golden Era” Steinway and blend them seamlessly into the technological advantages of the modern age. He was often requested by the bigger names of the piano industry to visit and consult key suppliers and major piano manufacturers in Europe, Japan and Korea, something that he continued to do even in retirement. He would go on to become a Design and Project Engineer and eventually retire as Vice President of Manufacturing for Steinway & Sons and Chairman of the International Technical Exchange Group.

In the tradition of the Pramberger family members before him, Joseph formed his own company, Pramberger Piano Ltd. in 1987. He began designing his own line of pianos and worked together with his father, Anton, restoration and rebuilding pianos. Although design and manufacturing technology has evolved over the years, the inherited knowledge, experience and skilled touch of a Master Craftsman’s hands are still paramount in the creation of a modern musical instrument. Samick is proud to continue the long, distinguished tradition of Pramberger while manufacturing these pianos with the same core values and detailed craftsmanship.

6-7-16  I hope you are enjoying the Pramberger article.  I believe you will find the timeline interesting and informative as well.  I hope this keeps you going until I get back to working steadily again.  If you don’t know what I mean, my mom passed away this past weekend. Visitation is today at 5:00 and the funeral is tomorrow at 11:00  Anyway here comes the Pramberger timeline.
1700’s
• 1700 Bartomeo Cristofori develops the first piano
• 1723 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) becomes choirmaster of Saint Thomas’s church, Leipzig, Germany
• c1750 Pramberger family immigrates to Vienna, Austria from the Black Forest region of Germany
• 1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) is born in Salzburg, Austria
• 1779 Joseph Johann Pramberger (1779–1834) is born in Tyrol, Austria
• 1780 Nanette Stein-Streicher develops the improved Vienna action for the piano-forte
• 1792 Schweighofer & Sohne piano makers established in Vienna. By 1900s was Vienna’s oldest firm
• 1792 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) moves to Vienna to study under Joseph Haydn

1800’s
• 1800 Joseph Johann Pramberger, after apprenticeship under Mathias Muller, partners with Michael Schweighofer
• 1810 Joseph Johann Pramberger acquires full ownership of Schweighofer & Pramberger piano shop in Vienna
• 1810 Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) is born
• 1811 Johann Pramberger, Jr. is born in Vienna, studies under his father, and eventually leads the family business
• 1814 Beethoven’s last public appearance
• 1814 Joseph Pramberger is born, studies with father and brother and becomes an independent piano builder
• 1821 Sebastian Erard patents double escapement piano-forte action
• 1821 Johann Pramberger Jr. invents a new piano stop called the Violoncellton
• 1824 Johann Pramberger Sr. patents new type of piano called a Sirenion
• 1824 Pramberger receives patents for design work on piano strings and metal soundboard
• 1827 John Broadwood patents iron hitchpin piano frame with cross bars
• 1839 Pramberger piano receives honorable mention at Vienna exhibition
• 1851 Franz Liszt, (1811–1886), composes “Transcendental Etudes”
• 1853 Steinway & Sons® piano makers established in Astoria, New York
• 1859 “Modern” overstrung scale with full iron frame patented
• 1867 Pramberger piano receives Bronze Medal at Paris exposition
• 1873 Pramberger piano receives Medal for Technical Excellence in Vienna
• 1892 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) composes “Prelude in C-sharp Minor”
• 1899 Scott Joplin (1868–1917) composes “Maple Leaf Rag”

1900’s
• 1900 Pneumatic player pianos developed
• 1904 Vladimir Horowitz (1904–1989) is born
• 1909 Anton Pramberger is born
• 1913 Pramberger family members begin working at Steinway & Sons®, NY
• 1924 George Gershwin (1898–1937) composes “Rhapsody in Blue”
• 1930 Duke Ellington (1899–1974) broadcasts jazz from the Cotton Club, Harlem, NY
• 1950 Anton Pramberger family immigrates to New York City. Anton begins work at Steinway & Sons®
• 1958 Joseph J. Pramberger begins work at Steinway & Sons®, NY
• 1975 Joseph J. Pramberger invents patented bushing for piano actions
• 1987 Joseph J. Pramberger leaves Steinway & Sons® and creates Pramberger Pianos Ltd., NY

2000’s
• 2000 Pramberger Platinum Edition world-class grand piano models JP-185 and JP-208 debut
• 2004 Pramberger joins the SMC family
• 2005 The torch is passed to a new American design team to carry on Joseph Pramberger’s commitment to quality and attention to detail
• 2009 SMC begins American assembly   This is when I was working a lot there.

 

6-1-16

This is a video of Bob Reynolds from Lindsey Wilson College and Hana Park.  They did our Christmas Concert 2 years ago.Everyone enjoyed their performance.  Bob played the Johannes Seiler GS 186, and Hana played the ED 168.  The ED 168 is 6 inches shorter than the 196, but I was well pleased with the way the pianos blended.The Seiler pianos will give you what you need.  You can play soft and almost make them whisper, or you can play really loud.  I can’t explain it, but I know this to be true.  The only explanation I have is , I know the man who voices the hammers and he is really good.  I am honored to be his friend and to have worked with him and learned from him.  I have several videos on our you-tube channel.

 

 

Today I would like to tell you about some of the things we have been trying to get established here at Cundiff & Sons Pianos.  The video below is a video from our 2015 Christmas Concert.  The year before Rob Reynolds and Hana Park did a concert of classical.  In February Bill Budai did a Piano Masterclass.  So far we have had good participation. and attendance.  You can go to our youtube channel to check out any videos that are posted. Eventually I hope to have an event every month.

5-26-19

Robbie tuned a piano in Ratcliffe and a piano in Rineyville.  Bradley and I went up to Campbellsville University and did some repair work on some pianos in 104 and some classrooms.  I had to regulate the dampers on a Sohmer vertical piano in one of the classrooms.  The dampers were not cutting off as quick as they should.  Bradley put a new Treble string on pianos in practice rooms 300 E and 306.  I am very proud of the work Robbie and Bradley do.  We strive to do very precise work on every piano we tune or regulate.  Iam tuning in Bowling Green tomorrow. Robbie is tuning in Hardyville, and Bradley in filing hammers on 2 pianos at the University.

Bradley filing and shaping hammers.

Bradley filing and shaping hammers.

 

5-23-16

Cundiff & Sons Pianos will be closed tomorrow for my grandson’s 8th grade graduation.  Jo Ann and I are so proud of him.  His name is Jacob Cundiff and he is a very talented young man.  He plays piano &  he is an excellent guitar player.  He can also play drums.  He is kind and considerate.  He also loves to fish.  Anybody who likes to fish can’t be anything but good.  I know this is short, but it is all I have tonight.  I am doing some work for Campbellsville University School of Music.  Stay tuned and keep a watch out and I will keep you filled in.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nDXNGOdHHM   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsoWoTxKnKU

5-17-16 PIANO VOICING

Piano Voicing is truly an art that I am afraid most people don’t understand and most technicians don’t take the time to do or don’t take the time to learn.  It is truly an art form.  I have spent many hours trying to tune out a sound that was not possible to tune out because it was a voicing issue.  If you hear someone (who really knows) say ,”He or she is really a good tuner”, you can bet they are good at voicing also. I was really excited at the response I received concerning a piano Bradley and I voiced and regulated.  Billy Gregory minister of music and Billy Joe Douglas pianosit at Campbellsville were asked by me about the Steinway M in the sanctuary.  Bradley did the regulation on the piano.  After he finished the regulation (necessary before voicing) I did the voicing. Both Billy’s said the piano sounded great and Billy Joe said it played like a different instrument.  Remember this, ” You don’t know what the best feels like if you haven’t played the best.  Here at Cundiff & Sons Pianos we take a lot of pride in the work we do.  We have put many hours into learning and perfecting the craft of piano tuning and repair.  Call 270-789-7984 and we will get you on the schedule to tune, regulate, or voice your piano or all three.  I really prefer to do all three.  You can’t accurately voice a piano if the let-off is different on one note than another, and so on.  Everything in the action needs to be regulated the same or you will get a different response to each note played.

5-16-16

I hope to be informative with this blog.  I hope you will find this blog interesting and helpful.  We have just finished regulating the action on Campbellsville Christian Church’s Steinway M.  After Bradley regulated the action I did a little touch up and voiced the piano.  Billy Joe Douglas (the piano player) said it was great and it sounded and played like a different instrument.  Billy Gregory (minister of music) said it sounded great.  We really like doing piano regulation.  I feel like piano regulation and piano tuning is our strength.  We are really good.  I was taught to pay attention to the smallest details.  I have taught my boys  who work for me to pay attention to detail and be precise.  Precise regulation, tuning and voicing is what makes a piano a piano.  There are piano shaped objects and there are pianos.  Here at Cundiff & Sons Pianos we sell pianos.  I am confident that Seiler and Pramberger are among the best pianos on the market.  We are starting a new week that is going to be extremely busy.  We also like piano moving.  This is a job that good equipment is extremely important.  A really good dolly and piano skid makes all the difference in the world.  Good technique in lifting the piano is also important.  Come on in and let us schedule a regulation, tuning, or a move for you.  I don’t know a lot about blogging, but my crew and I do know a lot about pianos.                         http://seilerpian160-Louvre-300x300ousa.com/

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Johannes Seiler GS 160L

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