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Kathie Nicolet - Chicago Professional Pianist

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 -

William Rowland

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

The Doctor (Keyboard Percussion Only)


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!

Ralph Onesti

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: 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: You can like us on Facebook at:

Joel Bjorling

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

Andy Duvall

PLEASE DO NOT ASK REGARDING PIANO APPRAISALS, EVALUATIONS, BUYING, SELLING etc. I HAVE VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS MATTER. Sorry, but I WILL N-O-T ANSWER A-N-Y EVALUATION QUESTIONS, so PLEASE do not send these. However - I would LOVE TO ANSWER any questions regarding piano lessons, learning to play the piano, online piano courses, local piano tutors etc.

Thomas Britanyak

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 or 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: or

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2016-10-13 Gibson Piano:

Hi Ben:    The serial number can be a challenge to find.    Look here:    1. On the steel plate    2. under the keybed    3. behind the piece of wood that covers the front of the naed to have

2016-10-03 Lowery Genie Model L-5/L-15:

Hello Nancy,  I suspect the key contacts are either bent or broken.  If the 3 keys are located together, there is a good chance the keys had a book dropped on them which can break the actuators as well

2016-09-16 Trowbridge Piano Co. identification:

The most I can find about Trowbridge Pianos is that the company was founded in 1888 in Franklin, MA and that they had better quality pianos.  I saw an earlier allexperts posting that said that s Trowbridge

2016-09-14 Irving Chicago piano:

Hi Travis:    The piano was made around 1909.    I assume this is an upright????    We do NOT restore 1909 uprights, or grands of this manufacture for that matter!    For every dollar you put in you will

2016-09-04 No sound from Baldwin PS1000 piano:

Hello Brian!  Thank you for the picture.  The silver block you refer to is not the amplifier.  Rather, the amplifier is the small upright component at the bottom of the photo with 9 visible pins coming

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