My piano tuning career began in 1980, when I began a 4 year apprenticeship in Auckland City at Atwater’s Music Shop, the largest workshop in New Zealand at the time.
I consider myself very fortunate to have trained in this workshop as it was the largest in New Zealand at the time, and my time there provided the opportunity to gain experience working on a great variety of pianos. This included overhauling and refurbishing old and middle-aged pianos, both high quality European grands and uprights, as well as tuning and servicing new instruments.
A perfect preparation for the endless variety of piano work I now encounter as a self-employed tuner/technician.
I have been a member of the New Zealand Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild since its beginnings in the early 1980's. I am also an Australasian Registered Piano Tuner (ARPT) member. All full members have qualified by examination to ensure our skills are of world-class standard. The Guild holds regular educational seminars and workshops to maintain and refine those skills.
My goal is to bring out the full potential of your piano’s tone, touch and tuning. This is achieved through refined, accurate tuning and voicing, careful regulation of touch and any necessary repair or replacement of parts that may be required.
I realise the expectations and budget of a serious musician can be very different from that of a beginner. I therefore take the time to discuss in detail the various options and levels of work that may be useful in improving your piano’s performance. Even a tired old piano can often be greatly improved by basic regulation (adjustment of touch), voicing hammers and tuning.
Before tuning, I will fully assess your piano and discuss any subtle or obvious improvements that can be made to the tone, touch or mechanics of your instrument.