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The pages on this site contain concise information that will answer many of the most commonly asked questions related to piano tuning, voicing, adjustments, and repair. I have focused on providing you with easy-to-read, non-technical explanations that summarize piano servicing essentials, along with a list of relevant links to assist you in making an informed decision when looking for a trained and qualified piano tuning service in your local area.
Piano Tuning and Repair — A Personal Perspective
Piano tuning and repair has always been more than just a business to me. I have been a piano tuner/technician serving the greater San Jose and Santa Cruz areas for over 30 years. As a child, I loved the sound of the piano and started taking piano lessons when I was 7. I also loved to tinker with almost anything mechanical and quickly learned to appreciate the intricate workings of a piano as I would watch our family piano tuner lay out his special tools and carefully tune and adjust each of the 88 notes on the family piano. At age 16, I took an interest in composing, and have had the privilege of producing the music scores for several films over the years.
Piano tuning, repairing, hammer voicing, and piano action regulating are the four specific areas of my servicing expertise. Over the years, I have accumulated extensive experience working on all makes and models, both grands and uprights — Steinway, Schimmel, Yamaha, Kawai, Baldwin, Young Chang, Pearl River, Schafer & Sons, as well as many other lesser known brands.
My history as a piano tuner and technician began in the early 1970s. I was fortunate enough to receive one-on-one training from a highly skilled, third-generation piano craftsman. Both mentor and friend, he not only taught me the finer points of piano tuning, repair, voicing, and action regulating, but he also instilled in me a fervent respect for the history and evolution of the modern piano.
I count it a privilege that a substantial number of long-term customers in the greater San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Santa Cruz Mountain, and Santa Cruz areas have entrusted the care of their piano to me over the years. Each of the thousands of pianos that I have tuned is unique — as individual as the needs and tastes of the people that own them. No two pianos are exactly alike. Each piano truly has its own “personality” and I find the process of bringing a piano into perfect tune and proper mechanical function to be very satisfying. Whether high-end grand or modest practice piano, I've always taken pride in achieving the best possible sound and performance from each instrument.