Like my father and grandfather before me, I am a Piano Tuner, Technician and Rebuilder, and I have worked in the Piano Industry since 1976.
This website is presented as a resource to all Prospective Piano Buyers, Current Piano Owners, Piano Technicians and Rebuilders worldwide.
For many of you visiting this site, the inner workings of the Piano may be a mystery, and the choices available when shopping for a new piano may be a confusing and perhaps frustrating experience. Hopefully, this is a place where your questions can be answered, and your fears relieved.
In this site you can: Learn eveything you need to know about Piano Tuning, Piano Repair and Reconditioning, the history of the Piano, and find links and information regarding the current builders of Pianos. You can also find out what you should be doing yourself to keep your Piano in good condition.
If you are in the market for a new or used Piano, you may find your questions answered here in an honest and straight-forward fashion.
For those involved in the Piano Industry as a technician, salesperson, or teacher, this site can be one of your most valuable resources. Its’ purpose is to provide as much information about pianos as possible. Therefore, you can use this site to expand your knowledge base, and improve your presentations. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, clear and concise facts, and responsible opinions based on three generations of experience.
Many Piano owners have learned from bitter experience that not all Piano Tuners are knowledgeable, or even reputable. Some have had poor, or just plain bad advice from “a friend who plays the piano”, and others have been confused or even bullied by piano sales people. As strange as it may seem, Pianos are important to me; I am passionate about what I do, and want you to feel some of that passion; this is why I have created this web site. To demystify the process of choosing a new piano, to convey the importance of regular Piano maintenance, to help you choose a reputable Piano Technician, and to inform you about how a piano works. In short: Everything you need to know about pianos.
There are many circumstances where having the advice of a trained piano professional on side can be a great asset. For example: Buying a new piano for your Family, Church, or Institution; or when buying a used, unwarranted piano from a private seller. Because of my experience and knowledge, I can often make these choices clearer. If you can provide me with the Type of piano, the make, serial number, and answer of a few simple questions about it’s condition.
Estimates for repair costs are free if the repairs are carried out by me. In order to accurately estimate the pianos condition I may carry out an initial tuning as part of the appraisal. I constantly see instances of improper and incomplete repairs, and it is one of my missions in life to try to prevent this from happening to you.
Standard Piano Tuning
“I never just tune a piano – I leave it better than it was, and leave you more informed. The most professional service – in every sense of the word – guaranteed!”
This is of course, the bread and butter of my livelihood. I am one of the most expensive piano tuners in the city, and unashamedly so. It is very easy for someone with little or no expertise to wave their hands over a piano, pronounce it tuned, and charge you a hundred bucks. It happens all the time, and in my opinion it is fraud. Pianos are very important to me, and I take their maintenance very seriously. What’s more, as a trained musician, I know the damage an out of tune piano can do to the learning curve of a young pianist. There is a reason why I tune a concert grand before every performance. A good musician knows the difference between in tune, and out of tune – and it is learned through experience. You and your children deserve a piano that is tuned, and tuned properly.
My rate scale is simple: A piano should be tuned at least once a year – twice a year is better. If you are a returning customer, and have had your piano tuned by me within one year, I charge a fee of $125.00 (plus H.S.T ). If your piano is well below pitch, I charge a fee of $210.00 (plus H.S.T.) This is because the pianos will have to be tuned twice in one session: First to raise the pitch Sharp, and Second to Do the fine tuning. If the pitch raise is not done first, then the pitch which sink, and the tuning will not be stable.
Little extra touches like, vacuuming the interior, and cleaning the keys, if requested, are always included in the tuning cost
Over the past three decades I have had many apprentices, and have been greatly rewarded by not only the mentorship process, but by the many successes of my students. Although I no longer do long-term training of Piano Technicians, I am available for consulting, and as a resource to other technicians.
Seminars & Tours
Please e-mail me if you have need of my services as a Lecturer, Educator, or Piano Related Tour Guide.
Over the years I have tuned for some of the Top Pianists and Entertainers in the world, and for many of Canada’s Professional Symphony Orchestras, Musical Theater Productions, and Special Events. Please enquire about the special concert services I offer, such as bulk rates, advertising bonuses etc.