I am the staff piano technician at the City College of New York, CUNY and I am an authorized technician for Steinway and Sons. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.
I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I am the staff technician at City College of New York, CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway and Suzuki Pianos.
The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter
Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA
Pianos are amazing instruments; thousands of men and women have contributed to today's modern piano. It's probably the only high-tech machine that doesn't need electricity! Just imagine music without the piano. Unthinkable!
After 29 years, there is still so much to learn. Improving tonal and damper regulation and learning bellywork are among some of my interests.
Pianos have about 12,000 parts. A car has about 14,000.
It's nice for a technician to play piano well (which I do), but you don't have to. A shoemaker makes a helluva ballet slipper but you wouldn't want to see him dance.
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