Me on the web:
- A 2017 article from the Sheffield Star newspaper about some work I carried out on the two public pianos at the Sheffield railway station: https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/piano-enthusiast-s-good-deed-for-public-pianos-1-8578320
- When I’m not piano tuning, I spend time playing or making music. Here is a link to my youtube channel which features some of my own compositions, covers performed with my old band Harmony of Spheres, reviews of pianos and other musical instruments, and much more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlVvtpcoLhyYkdI6j1tp2g/videos
- Another link unrelated to piano tuning; my band Apostle has a brand new website (designed by our drummer Marcus Murray) and a facebook page. A new album will be released on Progressive Gears records in 2019 and can be bought on their website. If you like what you hear please follow us on Facebook and give our youtube videos a thumbs up (this will help us get more gigs!). Don’t be frightened off by all the links.
- A separate website for piano tuning customers in Leeds and West Yorkshire: www.pianotunerleeds.co.uk
Links for piano buyers:
- The Piano Man in Leeds is one of the best piano shops I’ve visited. Yamaha and Kawai pianos aplenty, which I often recommend customers buy – both brands are extremely reliable and make pianos of a consistently high-quality.
- If you are searching for a piano in Sheffield, local specialist Allan King owns a Piano and Violin shop (Address: 357 London Road, S2 4NG) and has an extensive selection of high quality instruments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScYtJg0f7qo
- The Rotherham Piano Centre is another place to try. Last time I went in it had a wide selection of pianos varying from Japanese (Yamaha, Kawai, Atlas), Korean (Young Chan), German (Welmar, Bechstein) and some smaller British pianos (Bentley, Zender).
- This website created by some of Britain’s most experienced piano tuners & technicians provides a wealth of information on the most common piano makes found in the UK. Very useful as a guide or reference when choosing a second hand piano: https://www.robertspianos.com/common-piano-makes-in-the-uk/
- Ebay sometimes has some good bargains, but be careful. If you don’t know what to look for please contact me – I charge a £25 call out fee to inspect a piano. Many people will offer you free pianos just to get them out of the house – it’s not worth it unless you’ve played them. You may find yourself with a hefty bill for piano removals when you find out it’s untunable.
Steinway & Sons: http://www.steinway.com
Charles R. Walter Pianos: http://www.walterpiano.com
Stuart & Sons: http://www.stuartandsons.com
Recommended Reading (Piano Repairs and Restoration):
Piano Servicing, Tuning and Rebuilding by Arthur A. Reblitz: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Piano-Servicing-Tuning-Rebuilding-Professional/dp/1879511037/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=03MJZVW3E33XQ8JXTS3M
Player Piano Servicing and Rebuilding: A Treatise on How Player Pianos Function and How to Get Them Back into Top Playing Condition if They Don’t Work by Arthur A. Reblitz:
Upright and Grand Piano Repair by Carl-Johan Forss:
Upright and Grand Piano Regulation by Carl-Johan Forss:
Wonders of the Piano: The Anatomy of the Instrument by Catherine C. Bielefeldt:
Theory and Practice of Piano Construction by William B. White:
Pianos: Care and Restoration by Eric Smith:
A Guide to Restringing by John W. Travis: