Sunday, January 14, 2018

New Piano Tuner to Visit Juneau

I am please to announce that my trusted colleague, Stephen Cinti, will be joining me on my next piano servicing trip to Southeast Alaska. He will be assisting me in Juneau while I am working on the pianos in Haines and Petersburg. 

Dates of travel will be as follows: 

February 22nd - March 2nd: Juneau / Stephen
February 23rd - March 2nd: Haines / Vada
March 5th - March 8th: Petersburg / Vada

If you would like to schedule an appointment, email or call (360) 202-8040

Thank you Southeast Alaska for your continued support!!

A Little More About Stephen:

Stephen Cinti’s interest in pianos began in childhood when he took piano lessons from his mother. As a teenager in Boise, Idaho, he diversified his musical pursuits by taking up electric guitar, and playing with various bands in the Boise area. This eventually led to musical studies at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles. After completing his degree in contemporary guitar performance, Stephen moved to the Live Music Capital of the World (Austin, TX) to see what kind of a life he could make for himself in the pursuit of musical performance. While living there, he met his wife, Samantha. While continuing to pursue a career with playing guitar, Stephen wasn’t satisfied with needing to have an office job to make ends meet, and began exploring a work that could also be a passion. Through some conversations and meetings, he learned about the possibilities offered in a career in piano technology. He remembers fondly his first meeting with Steve Walthall, the regional Vice-President of the Piano Technician’s Guild. As he walked through Walthall’s workshop, he was overcome with the sense that this was exactly what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Afterwards, he began apprenticing with Mr. Walthall and then started his own business as a full-time piano technician in Austin and the surrounding areas. Stephen is a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild, and in his business, Stephen serves individuals, organizations, and does contract work for the local Steinway Gallery, as well as for the all-Steinway school Huston-Tillotson University. When he’s not tuning or repairing pianos, Stephen continues to be an active part of the Austin music scene as a session guitar player. Stephen and Samantha also enjoy visiting with friends or planning trips to colder climates, another passion that Stephen looks forward to marrying with his love for pianos. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

News From a Local Music Store

Piper Music in Bellingham has a new owner! Congratulations to Dr. William Brooke for this new chapter in his life. Dr. Brooke has a diverse background of education and experience in both music and business. Looking forward to meeting him and seeing the positive changes he will bring to the area.


Please of June 3rd, Piper Music will be located at: 
1705 N. State Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

They will be open until May 28th at the current location: 
2512 Meridian Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How Long Did It Take You to Learn How to Do This Work?

This is one of the most frequent questions that I am asked at any of my appointments. I have to laugh a little as I respond that piano technology is field where it is not how long it took but that it takes a lifetime of continuing education and refinement. This past weekend was one of those grand opportunities for further learning and growth. I attended the Piano Technicians Guild’s four-day regional conference in Seattle known as WestPAC. Taking classes in field repairs, business organization, shop and tool refinement, Yamaha’s Disklavier Player Pianos, action rebuilding with composite material, action regulation, voicing techniques and tone regulation. Some of the things taught I had heard many times before but it never gets old for me. All subjects discussed bring a beneficial awareness of an ability to offer higher quality service. But more than anything, I left this conference re-inspired by the instructors and leaders of WestPAC. Many of these men and woman have dedicated decades of their lives to this often overlooked industry. Not only do they teach and lead by example, but they are also excited to finish teaching their class so they can attend another instructor’s class in hopes to learn something new and different. I am honored to be a part of this fine organization. And I look forward to the next conference and my lifetime of learning all the beautiful complexities of the piano. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

We Want to Feel Human

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There is a story that keeps resurfacing into my consciousness. Recent world events in Belgium have brought my thoughts back to the beautiful story of "Saving Gaza's Last Piano." Tim Whewell of BBC News published this article March 26, 2015. If you are asking what Belgium has to do with a piano in Gaza, please read on. The Music Fund is a Belgium based, non-profit organization that collects, repairs and sends musical instruments to musicians and music schools in conflict areas and developing countries. Amongst the many humanitarian projects was this piano in Gaza.

One of the most powerful things brought out in the article to me is why they desired music to be a priority in their lives despite the lack for basic necessities of life. In their words, "We want to feel human." Playing piano and enjoying music allowed them this ability. I hope you take the time in the busy of your day to sit and enjoy a few brief moments with your piano. Allow it to give back to you a gift of more than just being. The freedom to feel human.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Music Lessons in a Digital World

On occasion I am asked where to find a qualified piano teacher. Of course I will always support my local teachers and small business owners through the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and other similar organizations. However, not every good teacher has an opening when one is seeking to secure a spot as a student. And in this ever increasing fast-paced world, is there the opportunity to take travel time out of a busy schedule for these kind of lessons. The solution - online music lessons. We've all heard about the possibility but where to go for qualified lessons? 

Recently I stumbled across an online company that offers what appears to be just the right fit for both teachers looking to teach and students seeking to learn online. Musika was founded in 2001 by Edward Scott Brady; a classically trained cellist with an impressive resume of performing on the highest levels internationally. It's worth a glance if this is an area of even remote interest for you or someone you know.

To learn more about Musika's online lessons, click this link:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Do You Know Lang Lang?

Last week I tuned a piano for a nice gentleman in Bellingham. Upon entering the home and seeing the piano, he asked "Do you know Lang Lang?" Hmmm.... Do I know Lang Lang? You mean one the most well known concert pianist of our time? The flamboyant, entertaining pianist that's featured on many a documentaries about the piano? That Lang Lang? Yes! I know who Lang Lang is! "Well," my good natured client continued, "the previous owner had this piano in New York. Lang Lang played it and stated it was his most favorite Steinway B in all of New York City." Now folks, we all love our pianos and more especially love a good story that goes with our pianos. But I've learned in my experience that these stories are not always true. I proceeded to prep the piano for tuning keeping my doubts to myself. I lifted the lid and wouldn't you know - Lang Lang signed the inside! 

Well it serves me right this slice of humble pie. All in the day and life of a piano tuner. We never know what we will find under the lid of our next piano. ;) 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Free Christmas Music Arrangements

Black Friday Sales and Cyber Monday Discounts can be great. But what's better than free? Christmas Music that is. And that's exactly what Price Point Piano is offering online. These arrangements are great for the piano player of all ages. Whether it be yourself, a child or a student. To download a copy of the sheet music for one or all the songs offered, click this link: