The last few weeks have been… different. When it comes to finding new clients, I’ll be the first to admit that haven’t always been the most merchantable nor the most sedulous; thus I have had to get used to other piano tuners taking the lion’s share of new work in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. At first I didn’t complain about this: after a few years of due diligence, my perseverance had since paid off when satisfied customers began recommending me (this was particularly helpful when piano teachers recommended me to students looking for a Sheffield-based piano tuner). Word of mouth was enough to make piano tuning a viable enterprise.
Around 2017 – 2018, some saddening personal circumstances focused my attention back towards my piano tuning pursuits and my lack of visibility online. This led the to question “could I be doing more?” Unlike my early lacklustre efforts, I began utilising the internet with new rigour, ensuring my presence is conspicuously ever-present rather than a footnote on the bottom of a google search. I have steadily made myself known and this has resulted in an abundance of calls & emails which are very much welcome. Honesty is the key: all the relevant information one could want can (hopefully) be found on the website and if it can’t be found, I’m always quick to answer emails, texts and phone calls. I can safely say I’ll never be one for “hidden charges” and the like – that much is obvious at a quick glance of the website.
The light has began to shine on me again and I am most grateful for the continued interest in my work – this is still a growing piano tuning business after all, and new patronage is needed for its continued operation.
– Richard Lidster, Piano Tuner Sheffield
Another reminder that I am working normal hours during the present lockdown. Please see previous blog post if you have any concerns about the legality of booking tradespeople at this time.
– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield
A happy new year to you all! I’m not a fan of the icy Sheffield weather in January, but 2021 already looks a promising year for piano tuning! I’m excited about the list of goals I have set myself for what I want to achieve this year. Many of them are modest goals related to the organisation of my business, but with 2020 being such a slow and disappointing year for piano tuners I’m excited to turn over a new leaf. This will be the year I get it all together and my business will be run as smoothly as it was from 2017 to 2019 (the golden years).
I’ve seen some beautiful pianos being sold over eBay recently, so I hope that’s a sign that more people are paying attention to the piano (and more people need their piano tuning!). Sales of classical music are on the rise and I see many younger people turning to the timeless masterpieces rather than repetitive modern music. Maybe the slower pace of life has improved their taste? Who knows?
One of the most pressing goals I have is the need to revamp this website. It has the same layout it had in 2014 and looks horribly dated. More care and attention needs to be paid to it, but I’d like a talented web designer to give it an overhaul and that’ll be expensive. Once I have the funds, I assure you it will be done.
My final belated apology is to anyone who booked me in 2019 and had to wait a while for their yearly reminder. During lockdowns I was hesitant to contact anyone as there was a high chance they’d postpone the booking. After the present disorder and tumult, I will be more prompt and punctual in my reminders – most people need them or they forget. Six months is preferable, but at least once a year is the minimum required for most pianists.
In the distance past, December was a good month for piano tuners. Schools, concert halls and households across Sheffield and South Yorkshire rushed to get the piano tuner booked in before Christmas. I’ll be extremely disheartened if I miss this sudden rise in demand! 2020 has been very slow year, let’s all book our piano tuner and spread the joy.
Don’t be nervous! A lot of people are nervous at the moment. The piano tuner can accommodate any concerns you may have.
Concerned about the legality of booking a piano tuner or other tradesperson while you have a little bit of time off? You shouldn’t be. Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State For Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that booking tradespeople (plumbers, electricians and… yes, Sheffield piano tuners) is allowed under the new lockdown rules. What a relief.
I’m operating under regular hours in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire region. The only port of call I won’t be able to manage on my various journeys will be the Scarborough and North Yorkshire piano tuning base I have developed since 2015… at least for another two weeks. It’s more ethically agreeable to wait until I have a larger number of enquires from that region to reduce the number of visitations in the current climate.
– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.
The Sheffield piano tuner will continue working normal hours and is grateful for your custom. Piano tuning is essential work and nothing has changed for him. In fact, it might be a good time to book a piano tuning as many people are holding off until after the pandemic.
If you live in Sheffield, Rotherham, Chesterfield Doncaster or Barnsley it’ll be much easier to book a piano tuning as the piano tuner covers those localities on a weekly basis. If you live further away then a booking is still possible, but you might be best speaking to the Sheffield piano tuner over the phone (0752667040) first. Minimizing travel is important during this time.
If you are concerned about safety, the piano tuner is extremely careful. He practices social distancing, hand washing and applies antibacterial hand sanitizer before and after every piano tuning. If you’d like him to wear a mask please ask him before the booking.
Hard times for everyone. If you are willing to book a piano tuning in this climate, then you have my sincerest gratitude. My Sheffield piano tuning business has lost 50% of its revenue since March, but is still able to function – albeit at a slower pace. Due to this unfortunate fact, I am now working a second job (I won’t go into the details here). Piano tuning is still my main source of income and something I hope to be doing for a very long time. Your custom is still highly appreciated. Thank you.
– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.
For anyone in South Yorkshire or Derbyshire in need of a piano tuner this week I am available at the following times:
- Monday 15th of May @ 6 PM
- Monday 15th of May @ 8 PM
- Tuesday 16th of May @ 12 PM
- Tuesday 16th of May @ 5 PM
- Tuesday 16th of May @ 7 PM
- Wednesday 17th of May @ 10 AM
- Wednesday 17th of May @ 4 PM
- Wednesday 17th of May @ 7 PM
- Thursday 18th of May @ 7 PM
- Friday 19th of May @ 10 AM
For customers in North Yorkshire, East Riding or Teesside, I will be in Whitby and Scarborough tuning pianos this weekend and have a few times still available in my diary to fill up:
- Friday 19th of May @ 8 PM
- Saturday 20th of May @ 10 AM
- Saturday 20th of May @ 2 PM
Later dates are available on request.
– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.
For my available times for piano tuning bookings, see the bullet point lists below. The first one is for South Yorkshire customers and the second for piano tuning in North Yorkshire (as far south as Bridlington) and Teesside (as far north as Middlesborough). I update this blog with my weekly availability every Monday and later dates are always available on request!
For customers in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire (Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield, etc), I am free at the following times:
- Monday the 1st of May @ 6 PM
- Monday the 1st of May @ 8 PM
- Tuesday the 2nd @ 10 AM
- Tuesday the 2nd @ 5 PM
- Tuesday the 2nd @ 7 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 10 AM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 12 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 2 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 4 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 6 PM
- Wednesday the 3rd @ 8 PM
- Thursday the 4th @ 10 AM
- Thursday the 4th @ 12 PM
- Thursday the 4th @ 7 PM
For North Yorkshire & Teesside Customers (Whitby, Scarborough, Ravenscar, Guisborough, Pickering, Bridlington, Brotton, Ruswick Bay, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Staithes, Redcar, Thornaby, Stokesly, Middlesbrough, etc) I am available at the following times this week:
- Friday the 5th of May @ 7 PM
- Saturday the 6th @ 1 PM
- Saturday the 6th @ 4 PM
- Saturday the 6th @ 7 PM
- Sunday the 7th @ 10 AM
- Sunday the 7th @ 2 PM
- Sunday the 7th @ 4 PM
- Sunday the 7th @ 6 PM
- Sunday the 7th @ 8 PM