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ASB Piano Service

Adam Schulte-Bukowinski, Registered Piano Technician

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. -Victor Hugo



Welcome to my blog!  Here you'll find updates and musings on my experiences in the wonderful world of piano technology.

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A change of venue

Posted by Adam Schulte-Bukowinski on November 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

After a year in Chicago, and a summer in Tanglewood, I am excited to finally be settling ASB Piano Service in its new (and hopefully much more permanent) home in Omaha, NE!  Though I have much to be thankful for from my time in Chicago, Omaha has been a refreshing change, both in terms of pace of life and especially in terms of proximity to friends and family.


Though it means a restart on business for ASB Piano Service, I really look forward to becoming an active part ...

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Exciting News!

Posted by Adam Schulte-Bukowinski on February 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I am extremely honored and excited to have been selected as the Senior Piano Technician Fellow for the Tanglewood Music Festival - summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra!  Only 3 fellows are selected from dozens of applicants, and only one of those is chosen for the senior position - so I feel immensely blessed and grateful for this opportunity!  I will be there for 10 weeks - from the beginning of June to the middle of August, and will be tasked with preparing the fleet of pi...

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Rebuilding Project Piano

Posted by Adam Schulte-Bukowinski on January 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

As part of my advanced curriculum year at the Chicago School for Piano Technology, I've been tasked with restringing a 1956 Yamaha G3.  This is a very involved and lengthy process, involving the removal of all strings, pins, & pinblock, as well as the manufacture of a new pinblock before we install new strings.  And while everything is taken apart I'll of course do some cleaning and rehabilitation of the action.  I've started a

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Adventures in the Field, entry 2

Posted by Adam Schulte-Bukowinski on January 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Some days are spent working on humble spinets and old consoles.  Competent instruments in their own right (... mostly), but there's a reason you don't see many concerts where the pianist is seated at a spinet.  Then there are days when I get to work on a fine concert instrument.  These are the kinds of instruments where a good tuning brings the piano and the music played on it to life.  Where one is tempted to play a little longer after the tunings are done - y...

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Adventures in the Field, 1st entry

Posted by Adam Schulte-Bukowinski on January 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

More often than not, when I visit a piano out in the field, at least one technician (if not more) has serviced the piano before me.  Most of the time the technician's work is transparent, in that any repairs that were done were carried out proficiently, so that there's no outward sign (save for the occasional shiny new string or part) that a repair was needed.  

Sometimes, though, the work is not so transparently done.  

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