He makes holes in the hammers to loosen the felt and produce a richer, mellower sound.

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Scott Thile, San Diego's master piano tuner

Hammers in the morning

There was once a fine old Sohmer grand piano that fell asleep inside a church — the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Oceanside. For many years, the church pianist and the 1917-vintage Sohmer grand had created ...


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