My childhood memories of our piano and the importance it held in our family coupled with a genuine desire to help guides my hand and my daily outlook.
Philosophy of Piano Service
I often relate being a piano technician to living in a Norman Rockwell painting.
I am greeted at the door by a client who is happy to see me. I discuss the task at hand and get to work, often with the family pet at my feet or the curious eyes of a child around the corner, I delight in giving tours of the piano to its owners, many of whom have never looked past the music rack. After I have completed the tuning and any other work, I get to play their instrument. They tell me how nice it sounds, I collect my fee and wish them good day. What could possibly be better than that?
The importance of an active role of music and the arts in our lives cannot be underestimated. It matters not whether the player can barely pick out a current pop chart hit or has memorized the Bach catalog, the feeling of accomplishment can be the same. Getting to know the players, their families, and watching the students develop over time is very rewarding and I am proud to play a small, yet valuable part.
Piano service is also a craft. Pianos have not changed in a fundamental way since the 18th century, and the chance to work with instruments made anywhere from the early 1900's to today is a reminder that not everything is obsolete as soon as you buy it!
Getting all the low-tech little pieces of wood, felt and leather to do the right thing at the right time can sometimes be a challenge, and a welcome one. Whether the instrument is a brand new Steinway Grand or the spinet you learned on as a child, it has a song to sing and probably a story to tell.
The piano is now, always has been, and always will be, the master of all instruments.