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S Korean piano tuner contributes to piano manufacturing in Huzhou

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated : 2019-12-02

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Lee Byung Nam, a piano tuner from South Korea, teaches tuning in Luoshe town, Huzhou. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

"I plan to work in Huzhou for another 10 years and continue contributing to the piano manufacturing industry in China," said Lee Byung Nam, a piano tuner from South Korea, in a recent interview.

In 2012, Lee's friend invited him to work as a technical director for Yueyun Piano Company, a renowned piano maker in Luoshe town, Huzhou, Zhejiang province.

Luoshe is famous for its complete industrial chain of piano making industry in Deqing county.

Before Lee arrived, the town had no professional tuner. Now, it has more than 10, all trained by Lee.

Lee can tune 88 keys, over 220 strings and more than 8,000 piano components, according to the twelve-tone equal temperament system – the most common tuning system in the world.

He has worked for well-known piano makers such as Yamaha and Steinway & Sons.

According to Lee's colleagues at Yueyun Co, he spends most of his time in the company workshop tuning pianos intently.

The company required that every piano be tuned by Lee before entering the market. According to him, a piano should be tuned at least seven times to ensure the intonation is accurate.

Many people may think piano tuning is tedious, but Lee has never felt bored by it. He believes that every piano has its own life and unique character. After tuning a piano, he will play it for a while.

Lee is currently very fluent in Chinese and has made many Chinese friends. In his free time, he likes to play table tennis with friends.

He also loves Chinese food, especially hot pot.