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The Doctor (Keyboard Percussion Only)

U.S.
Available

Please do not ask questions about piano, organ, serial numbers, appraisals, pricing, value, restorations, or when a particular instrument or device was made.

Keyboard percussion only: MARIMBA, VIBRAPHONE/VIBES, CHIMES, BELLS/GLOCKENSPIEL, etc. Thank you!

I answer a variety of questions about mallet keyboard percussion instruments.

When asking your question:
1. Please be clear in your message.
2. Provide an actual question(s).
3. Please keep it short and concise.
4. Save my one-question-per-day for someone else if you can find the answer on your own.

Thank you!

Joel Bjorling

U.S.
Available
I can answer general questions about playing the piano, playing technique, and piano literature.

Kathie Nicolet - Chicago Professional Pianist

Available
I am a professional pianist for corporate/social events since 1983. Need some suggestions on getting started playing piano as a professional? How to prepare? PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME QUESTIONS REGARDING THE VALUE OF YOUR PIANO. I AM NOT AN APPRAISER AND HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT YOUR PIANO IS WORTH. SORRY!! - THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Lead Pianist Von Maur St. Charles 2008 Drake Chicago Palm Court Pianist Jan 2006-Mar 2007 Chicago - www.knicoletpiano.com

William Rowland

U.S.
Available
PLEASE NOTE! I do NOT give values of pianos OR dates! The piano service questions I can cover include general information about piano tuning: how often should a piano be tuned, what if a piano has been neglected, what is a pitch raise, how long does it take, how much should I expect to pay for service, and so forth. I can also provide information about common repairs and adjustments, such as keys that don't work, those that continue to sound after you have let off the key, how important is the regulation, can I change the tone of my piano, how can I get the keytops repaired/replaced, and so on. I DO NOT provide resale values of instruments for two reasons: first, a technician has to physically check out a unit in order to appraise its value accurately, and second, values vary widely from one part of the country to another. I also do not offer advice as to care of the piano case, as that is better left to woodworkers and cabinet makers. I also DO NOT provide information about the age of a piano, that info can be accessed at http://www.pianoatlas.com.

Ralph Onesti

U.S.
Available
I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

Thomas Britanyak

U.S.
Available
I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics. If you need a piano's date of manufacture, please go to http://www.pianoexchange.com/howold.htm or http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/pianoage.html I am happy to answer musical or technical questions, however, I CANNOT offer appraisals on pianos or organs. Please do not ask what an instrument is worth. For this service please contact an experienced local appraiser or try the following links: https://mmm1100.verio-web.com/blueb1/appraisal.html or http://www.57piano.com/questions.htm

Recent Answers

2017-04-09 M Schulz piano:

The piano was manufactured in 1921  in Chicago Illinois. By 1920 the company was controlled by Otto Shultz. The southern branch of the company was located in Atlanta Georgia.The Davina Reproducing action

2017-04-03 Piano passion project:

To be a professional pianist, you need a teacher who will help you develop your skills.  A teacher needs to be like a football coach because professional playing requires technical skill and discipline

2017-04-02 1878 KBord black upright piano info:

Hi Mike:    Bord was established in 1840 in Paris. They manufactured a lot of pianos...as much as 4000 annually. Back then...that was a big deal.    The company was purchase by Pleyel, another French manufacturer

2017-03-12 King piano info:

I checked online about King upright pianos.  I don't see them in the Blue Book which lists most pianos, but I found that the King Piano Company was founded by Arthur J. King in Sheboygan, WI in 1901.

2017-03-11 Kershner Piano:

Hi Kay:    Your piano was manufactured in 1946 by Winter Piano Company.    The quality of this piano in its "heyday" was moderate at best.    Unless this is a family heirloom, and you have very deep pockets

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