Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Tuned in to Hitting the Right Notes; Piano Tuner Has an Ear for Sound

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Tuned in to Hitting the Right Notes; Piano Tuner Has an Ear for Sound

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Byline: Amanda Buchanan Reporter

FOR Reuben Barkley, tuning and repairing pianos is in the blood.

Mr Barkley learnt the trade from his father, a pianola specialist, in his early teens.

"He always had that stuff around in his workshop," Mr Barkley said.

"I didn't really plan to be a piano tuner but it seemed like the logical thing to do."

Pianos needed tuning once or twice a year, with those used for performances were tuned before each use.

"You use a tuning hammer to turn the tuning pins. It's a lot like turning the tuning peg on a violin or guitar,' he said.

His tuning talents have also come in handy for hanging out with the stars.

"I've tuned the piano at John Butler's house and I tune the piano at Studio 301 and they're all famous bands in there.

"I tuned the piano for Powderfinger for their latest album. It's a lot of pressure tuning in there."

Mr Barkley also repairs pianos and said this job was akin to being a car mechanic. …

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