Profession piano maker

Piano makers create and assemble parts to make pianos according to specified instructions or diagrams. They sand wood, tune, test and inspect the finished instrument.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Metalworking

    The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.

  • Musical instruments materials

    The characteristics of composite materials, felts, glues, leathers and skins, metals and precious metals, woods and wood derivatives to create musical instruments.

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

  • Tuning techniques

    Tuning pitches and techniques and musical temperaments for the various instruments.

Skills

  • Restore musical instruments

    Restore old musical instruments to their original condition and conserve them in that state.

  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Sand wood

    Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.

  • Join wood elements

    Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.

  • Produce piano components

    Choose the appropriate materials and tools, and build the different piano parts such as frames, pedal mechanisms, keyboards and strings.

  • Assemble musical instrument parts

    Assemble parts together such as the body, strings, buttons, keys, and others to create the final musical instrument.

  • Maintain musical instruments

    Check and maintain musical instruments.

  • Create musical instrument parts

    Design and create parts such as keys, reeds, bows, and others for musical instruments.

  • Tune keyboard music instruments

    Tune any parts of keyboard musical instruments that are off-key, by using various tuning techniques.

  • Repair musical instruments

    Attach new strings, fix frames or replace broken parts of musical instruments.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

Optional knowledge and skills

play musical instruments decorate musical instruments acoustics estimate value of musical instruments history of musical instruments evaluate restoration procedures apply restoration techniques 3d modelling trade in musical instruments stain wood design musical instruments technical drawings estimate restoration costs verify product specifications conservation techniques musical instrument accessories dye wood organic building materials select restoration activities identify customer's needs pass on trade techniques