PTM 2021 March Convention

Paul McNulty

Caring For The Fortepiano​

Provides information useful to technicians faced with a fortepiano.

What's in the episode ?

Introduction to fortepiano. Technical aspects of fortepiano care - Keys need attention, and in so doing, removing the keyboard demands caution. If and when shanks break, there are good and better ways to fix them. Voicing is different for a leather hammer, not necessarily as difficult as that for a felt hammer. Leather dampers need surprisingly simple remedies. Extreme dryness does more than crack the soundboard, and there are details to be examined to resuscitate a poorly kept instrument. And more...


Paul McNulty

Paul McNulty is a maker of world-famous fortepianos known for their best performance quality, used for concerts and recordings in most prestigious concert halls, opera houses and owned by prominent fortepiano players and leading music institutions, such as: Harvard University, Cornell University, Royal Academy of Music and many more.

A stellar reputation in the piano industry.

“McNulty is the top quality maker in the fortepiano field. Clients include Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Academy of Music in London, Royal College of Music in London, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Alexander Skeaping, also best performers and institutions internationally.”

Peter R.

“I had fortepiano by Paul McNulty many years and I am very much happy with it and everyone else is. I recommended McNulty instrument to the Amsterdam Conservatory and people there were also very happy with the instrument. My fortepiano is especially wanted by many and I had rented it out many times. I think it is one of the best fortepiano copies in the world.”

Stanley Hoogland - professor of fortepiano in Amsterdam and Den Haag conservatories


Feedback from this lecture's participants. 


"I felt I had a history lesson on the piano & it's formation. I now know who to contact if I ever run into one of these, so far in over 50+ years in the piano business I haven't but you never know. "

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"This was my 2nd online convention I found both to be EXCELLENT learning experiences. I am 50+ years in the business so I am definetly not a newbie, just open to new & different ideas & ways of performing certain tasks in piano work. I also had my knowledge base expanded about the differing types of wool used in making felt & the different types of buckskin/sheepskin/leather used in modern & historic piano making."

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"There were many things that I can use to make my service better and the knowledge of procedures that I already employ in my work that others have been doing too"


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