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Piano Tuner Melbourne

Piano Tuner Melbourne Professionally providing piano tuning, piano service, restoration and repairs, based in Melbourne. Christopher Streader was trained by his father Don, a very highly respected piano tuner & craftsman, and commenced full time at Brashs Melbourne in 1975.

Prior to full time training Christopher was educated at Melbourne High School and had private tuition in both piano and percussion. From his earliest memories pianos and music in general have been an integral part of his family life.

Operating as usual

Photos from ABEL HAMMER COMPANY's post
23/01/2021

Photos from ABEL HAMMER COMPANY's post

What a 15-Foot-Tall Piano Sounds Like
10/06/2020
What a 15-Foot-Tall Piano Sounds Like

What a 15-Foot-Tall Piano Sounds Like

Famous for daring to reimagine the piano, master piano maker David Klavins invites us to his workshop in Vác, Hungary, for a calming concert. He treats us to...

Piano Moving In Days Gone by.
23/03/2019

Piano Moving In Days Gone by.

During the Victorian era, pianos and organs were shipped by the only means available -Ship, freight train, riverboat, horse & buggy and wagons.
Stories of the family piano being shipped over mountains by wagon or down a river by boat or hauled across the desert by horse & buggy.
Imagine the elements that these pianos were subject to! These instruments would often spend months on end in the heat and cold being moved at a snails pace from one destination to another before finally reaching their new homes. Often pianos traveled hundreds of miles by these crude means of transportation, only to arrive safe and sound, and in reasonable tune!
That alone is a testament to the quality and durability of these antique instruments.

There are stories of old-timers in the USA who would take a wagon with a piano loaded on the back and venture out into the countryside, only to pretend to have a wheel or axle "about to break" in front of a rural farmhouse. As a favor, the farmer's family would allow the salesman to leave his piano in the home for safe-keeping while the salesmen took the wagon for repair - often over a period of several days. More often than not, the salesman would return to find that the farmer's daughters had taken a liking to the piano while he was gone! Imagine how many pianos were sold this way, all unbeknownst to the farmer and his wife!

By the 'teens and 'twenties, pianos were still being shipped from major industrial areas by train, but the introduction of the automobile made home delivery a much easier task. Early trucks were equipped with special piano lifting mechanisms that would allow one man to load a piano at the factory, transport it to the suburbs and countryside, and unload it in the yard to demonstrate to a potential buying customer.

Today, piano moving is somewhat of a science, if not an art to itself. There are a handful of specialized freight companies that move nothing but pianos & organs across countries and internationally. These companies have all the necessary experience, equipment, and knowledge necessary to make sure that pianos are safely moved from the factory to the store and to your home without damage or difficulty. It is amazing how easy they can make it look!
Raymond Day-Hakker, Golden Era Piano Museum.
With special thanks to the Antique Piano Shop USA, for "The easy lifter piano loader" photos.

Photos from Golden Era Piano Museum.'s post
23/03/2019

Photos from Golden Era Piano Museum.'s post

Unveiled: The Kengo Kuma Fazioli Grand Piano
10/11/2018
Unveiled: The Kengo Kuma Fazioli Grand Piano

Unveiled: The Kengo Kuma Fazioli Grand Piano

The Kengo Kuma Fazioli grand piano is a magnificent new instrument designed by the renowned Japanese firm of architects whose name it bears.

How the First Fleet piano was lost and found
13/09/2018
How the First Fleet piano was lost and found

How the First Fleet piano was lost and found

Australia's first piano disappeared for more than a century. Then pianist and conductor Geoffrey Lancaster launched his own rescue mission

A repost from some time back, it is however very interesting...
26/08/2018

A repost from some time back, it is however very interesting...

During the Victorian era, pianos and organs were shipped by the only means available -Ship, freight train, riverboat, horse & buggy and wagons.
Stories of the family piano being shipped over mountains by wagon or down a river by boat or hauled across the desert by horse & buggy.
Imagine the elements that these pianos were subject to! These instruments would often spend months on end in the heat and cold being moved at a snails pace from one destination to another before finally reaching their new homes. Often pianos traveled hundreds of miles by these crude means of transportation, only to arrive safe and sound, and in reasonable tune!
That alone is a testament to the quality and durability of these antique instruments.

There are stories of old-timers in the USA who would take a wagon with a piano loaded on the back and venture out into the countryside, only to pretend to have a wheel or axle "about to break" in front of a rural farmhouse. As a favor, the farmer's family would allow the salesman to leave his piano in the home for safe-keeping while the salesmen took the wagon for repair - often over a period of several days. More often than not, the salesman would return to find that the farmer's daughters had taken a liking to the piano while he was gone! Imagine how many pianos were sold this way, all unbeknownst to the farmer and his wife!

By the 'teens and 'twenties, pianos were still being shipped from major industrial areas by train, but the introduction of the automobile made home delivery a much easier task. Early trucks were equipped with special piano lifting mechanisms that would allow one man to load a piano at the factory, transport it to the suburbs and countryside, and unload it in the yard to demonstrate to a potential buying customer.

Today, piano moving is somewhat of a science, if not an art to itself. There are a handful of specialized freight companies that move nothing but pianos & organs across countries and internationally. These companies have all the necessary experience, equipment, and knowledge necessary to make sure that pianos are safely moved from the factory to the store and to your home without damage or difficulty. It is amazing how easy they can make it look!
Raymond Day-Hakker, Golden Era Piano Museum.
With special thanks to the Antique Piano Shop USA, for "The easy lifter piano loader" photos.

19/08/2018

We're expecting some hail today, so try to find a warm spot and stay dry.

Photo source: Gift of Mrs. M. Reed, 1979. Circa 1921.
State Library of Victoria

Timeline photos
11/08/2018

Timeline photos

Make Steinway the focal point of any home, studio, or performance hall.
PC: Mogens Dahl Koncertsal

Timeline photos
27/07/2018

Timeline photos

Rudolph Ibach & Sons, Made first class Pianos from 1794 until 2007 and was a family owned and operated business that whole time. Here is an exquisite Golden Era "Rococo" style piano circa 1903. From Ibach, and below a history of the firm.
Golden Era Piano Museum.

Ibach History

Johann Adolph Ibach built in 1794 his first square piano (pianoforte) in Beyenburg (since 1929 belonging to Wuppertal ). In 1795 he restored the organ of the Kreuzherren Monastery in that place. Before the end of the 18th century, he moved production initially to a rented workshop in Rittershausen (Oberbarmen), then Wupperfeld in Barmen (since 1929 in Wuppertal ). In 1817 Johann Adolph Ibach built a factory building with house, where he produced pianos and organs, where the focus was on the piano construction. In 1839 took his sons Carl and Richard Rudolph the company under the name Ad. Ibach Söhne about. The first sales offices were established in Dusseldorf , Bonn and Essen founded. Until early 1850, Ibach with the Cologne piano builder Eck and Gebauhr in Konigsberg the largest piano manufacturers of Prussia . Ibach promoted mainly export to Netherlands . In 1869 the organ was placed in an independent company. At the World Exhibition of 1873 in Vienna , the company received an award. The company was expanded with a sales office with kastenmakerij in Cologne and a new factory in Schwelm.

Furthermore, opened a public musical instruments museum and the first music of Wuppertal. In 1892 took Hulda Ibach, the widow of Peter Adolph Rudolph, the enterprise. She led the company, which now had several hundred employees in service for twelve years. In this time was also a third factory in Berlin was founded. Further expanded the company and also exported instruments to Central and South America , the Baltics , Russia , Asia and even Oceania . In this time were also made a number of inventions and new developments took place, such as the transponerende wing, Strehlentoetsenbord , the Ibachord (Concert cembalo), the dirigentenbok piano, the Ibach Welte-wing and the Ibach-Welte- upright piano. In the time after the First World War the company was put to the test.

In addition to the loss of export markets, musical instruments for the market has declined by the invention of the radio and the phonograph . The car replaced the piano as a status symbol. Due to the changes in customer requirements, especially by the smaller houses, the small piano was developed. During the Second World War there were a lot of vandalism, including those of the "ancestral home" in Barmen. Therefore, the factory in Schwelm was in 1945 the new headquarters. However, production was only in 1950 begin again. The economic boom in the 60s and 70s of the twentieth century brought the company back good times.

In the 80s of the twentieth century, the company moved part of its production to Korea . The name of the products from Korea was added K. In the view of outsiders, this "dilution" of the brand, the cause of the marketing problems. Sabine Ibach, who since 2004 had business leader, however, the smear of the competition against Ibach that began after the relocation of production, was the main problem. In 2007 worked only five piano builders Ibach. In December 2007 the production was stopped. ( With thanks to Wiki and Ibach )

See also the Ibach web site http://www.ibach.de/eng/historye.htm

Timeline photos
29/06/2018

Timeline photos

Few Italian makers from the past are known today,
Here's is a stunning upright piano in the Nouveau style built between 1900 and 1902 by Luigi Magrini & Son, in Trieste.
Established in 1870, and later donated to the Civic Theater Museum in Trieste Italy where it stands now by Maria Latini in 1993.
Luigi Magrini & Son participated in various national and international exhibitions, frequent at the end of the century and were awarded for their work in Vienna in 1892 and Turin in 1898. The challenging scene depicted on this unique Nouveau style piano suggests that the instrument was built for the Turin Exhibition of 1902 whose pavilions, designed by Raimondo D'Aronco , they were among the first examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Italy, this piano is therefore a kind of authentic "manifesto" in which local workers intended to propose Art Nouveau and Trieste in major international exhibitions of the time.
Unlock the secrets of the Piano at the Golden Era Piano Museum......
Open weekends, School holidays,Guided tours: Ph 63688441
Golden Era Piano Museum.

Timeline photos
30/05/2018

Timeline photos

The White House Steinway was presented to President Theodore Roosevelt as a gift from the Steinway family to the people of the United States in 1903. Read more about this extraordinary art case instrument and its miniature version here: http://fal.cn/yiwt

PC: Eric Christian

Timeline photos
18/05/2018

Timeline photos

On this day in 1918, the Australian Music Examinations Board was formed with the purpose of providing graded assessments of the achievements of music, speech and drama students. AMEB has grown into one of the most respected bodies in this field and our qualifications are recognised as the national benchmark across Australia.

On behalf of all the students, teachers and staff that have been involved with AMEB over the last 100 years we would like to say thank you for your continuing support.

Here's to another 100 years.

22/03/2018
14/03/2018
Joseph B Cornish " Boudoir Queen" Wild West Piano.
30/01/2018

Joseph B Cornish " Boudoir Queen" Wild West Piano.

This lovely upright piano with orchestral device was made in 1895
by the Cornish Organ & Piano Co, Washington.
Joseph B Cornish was Born 1830 and Died on the 24 Jan 1910.
The Cornish Piano & Organ company was established in Washington, New Jersey in 1879 and was a huge mail order house, selling their organs and pianos directly to the public from the factory through elaborate sales catalogs, advertisements, and word of mouth. This allowed Cornish to sell their instruments at a lower price than most, and their clever financing plans ( see advert ) helped them become a major player in the American piano industry.

It became a family business with many members of the family involved.
When one considers that they only sold by mail order, and only made around 200 pianos a year, the manufacture of harmoniums and organs being the mainstay of the business. it is extremely rare to Australia that this significant piano is now in the Golden Era Piano Museum.
It apparently came over with an American family who immigrated to Australia bringing it with them by ship, it was found covered in dirt and dust in a western sydney storage garage and purchased for the Museum.

Both Cornish pianos and organs were usually very elaborate and they were generally very good quality overall. Three generations of Cornish family management and craftsmanship maintained the business until sadly, the Cornish factory burned to the ground in 1922 and the firm never recovered.

Of special interest: This "Boudoir Queen" features what Cornish called his "Orchestral Device". Other makers called it a mandolin or banjo rail.
It is what most of us call the "Wild-West" sound we often hear in American Western Movies still popular even today.
The effect can also sound somewhat like a harpsichord when appropriate music is played with it engaged.

Being a mail only company, notice in the advert, the price on a 30 day trail is $175.00 roughly equal to around $7,500.00 today. However if you bought it on order with cash sight unseen, it was then reduced to $166.00. Quite a saving, however if you bought it on terms, it cost much more than both other offers.

Technical: Full Iron frame, cross-strung, tape check action. Four pedals: Left pedal: Half blow. Centre Left pedal: Moderator/Celeste. Centre Right pedal: Orchestral device. Right pedal: Sustain. Stunning pressed panel moulding and pillistar work into mahogany panelling of both top and bottom doors and a delightful "pull-out" music rest.

Of interest.
Joseph B CORNISH (c.1830- 24 Jan 1910)
He was Secretary of the State Senate at Washington, N.J.(1868-1889)
also State Senator at Warren County 1872-1875.
Organ manufacturer at Washington, N.J. c.1879-
Mayor at Washington, N.J. from 1884- to 1887.
Founder of First National Bank of Washington at Washington, N.J.
President of First National Bank of Washington at Washington, N.J. 1900- c.1830.
He married in Oct 1855 in Bethlehem Twp, Hunterdon, New Jersey to Adeline JOHNSON (c.1830)
Johnston CORNISH 13 Jun 1858 in Bethlehem Twp, Hunterdon, New Jersey on 26 Jun 1920 in Washington, N.J. President & Treasurer at The Cornish Company, Washington, N.J. Senator (before.1910-) Congressman c.1858 Joseph CORNISH (c.1884) at The Cornish Company, Washington, N.J.c.1884.

The above info is courtesy of both the Antique Piano Shop USA and Raymond Day- Hakker, curator, Golden Era Piano Museum, Australia.

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Suite 397, 585 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC
3000

General information

Christopher Streader is an active member of the Piano Tuners & Technicians Guild Vic Inc (PTTGV) since 1981. Christopher achieved his Accreditation “ARPT” (Australasian Registered Piano Tuner) and serves on the committee in executive positions, presenting lectures and master classes, Christopher also is an active and serving committee member of the Australasian Piano Tuners & Technicians Association (APTTA).

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Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
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