What recommendations do you have for someone who recently purchased a used piano?
Used pianos are typically prime candidates for pitch correction and repairs in addition to basic tuning. As a result, your first tuning appointment may involve extra work compared to subsequent future appointments. Fortunately, this initial appointment alone can breathe a reasonable degree of new life into the instrument, and I can help you develop a long-term plan of care for your piano that meets both your needs and your budget.
What is the best way to clean the piano keys?
When performing complimentary key cleanings as part of tuning service appointments, I typically use a product called Cory Key-Brite, which is designed to evaporate quickly so that excess moisture does not build up in the wood of the key. But simple warm soapy water and a clean cloth is really all you need. Just be sure to apply the solution to the cloth first and to dry each key carefully before moving on to the next. Also be aware that while surface dirt can be easily cleaned, the yellow tinge you may notice (especially in genuine ivory keytops) may be permanent.
What is the best way to clean under the strings on a grand piano?
I carry specialized tools for this purpose and am happy to offer this service. If you'd prefer to tackle the job yourself, it will take time and patience. How much will depend on how caked on the dust is. You likely will be able to access the area under the strings from the bass string side of the plate. Try attaching a cloth to a bent wire clothes hanger to maneuver under the strings. If you're willing to kick up a little dust, I recommend utilizing a can or two of compressed air (the kind used to clean electronics) combined with a vacuum cleaner attachment.
Do you tune or fix digital pianos and keyboards?
Unfortunately, no. Despite their similarity to pianos, electronic instruments have a fundamentally different way of functioning and as such are outside my realm of expertise. Fortunately, they do not require tuning. For repairs, I typically recommend contacting the manufacturer directly or the retailer from which the instrument was purchased to ask for their recommendations regarding service.
Do you tune or fix player pianos?
Yes and no. I am able to offer tuning services for player pianos and am willing to tackle minor repairs to the piano itself. For extensive repairs to the piano or repairs to the player mechanism, I recommend contacting Osborne & Everett who specialize in the service of player pianos and other antique keyboard instruments. Please feel free to mention my name when contacting them.
What recommendations do you have for someone looking to sell a used piano?
While it's worth knowing that the current market consists of far more individuals looking to sell their used pianos than there are individuals looking to buy them, a lot of people seem to have success using Craigslist and other online classified listings. Unfortuantely I am not able to purchase or otherwise accept your piano directly, though I am occasionally able to connect sellers with potential buyers and welcome you to contact me directly if you'd like to be added to the list.
Do you offer piano moving services?
Unfortunately, no, I am not able to personally offer piano moving services. However, I am proud to be connected with Scott Portzline and Gohn's Piano Moving, both of whom I strongly recommend for moving pianos. Please feel free to mention my name when contacting them.
What recommendations do you have for someone looking to buy a used piano?
If you already have a piano in mind, contact me directly about setting up an appointment for a thorough evaulation and appraisal before you decide to purchase. If you are just beginning your search and are able to give me a rough idea of what kind of piano you are looking for and how much you are looking to spend, I may be able to first connect you with a seller on my list who has a piano that suits your needs. Otherwise I recommend browsing Craigslist and other online classified listings.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I am able to accept payments by cash or check. Unfortunately I am not able to accept credit card payments at this time.
What is your availability?
In general I am available for piano tuning and service appointments on all weekday mornings as well as early afternoons on certain days. Due to a combination of my other work and family commitments, I am unfortunately unable to offer evening or weekend appointment times. I am, however, available on certain federal holidays throughout the year.