Piano Technician: Bill Cherry
Exoerience: Since 1983
Just after Bill got his college undergraduate degree for an adventure he booked out as a dinner and cocktail pianist playing fine 5-Star hotel dining rooms throughout the U.S.
As Bill traveled it became apparent to him that the hotel management usually had no way of knowing whether the piano tuner they used could tune or not!
After all, the manager wasn't the pianist, Bill was, for goodness sakes.
And yet Bill was depending on the hotel manager to get something done that the manager probably hadn't the ear to do..
Lots of piano tuners picked from the Google, Craigslist, and other search sources come with tin ears!.
So what they do is to take an out-of-tune piano and when they're finished, it's still out-of-tune, it's just in a different way!
So to save his sanity, once while Bill was playing a gig in Orlando, Florida, he took a course at nearby Rollins College in piano tuning and repair.
And Bill's always been glad that he did. And his clients are, too...especially those who are professional pianists and teachers and those who have recording studios.
You will be, too, if you call me...
I'm piano expert, Bill Cherry.
If your piano is very old and/or has not been tuned with any sort of regularity, the chances are that it will have to be tuned two times, 6 months apart, before it will even begin to sound good. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the technician's ability. It is primarily the result of the applicable laws of physics.
Understand that the chances of string breakage dramatically increases when very flat stings are attempted to be brought to pitch relativive to A-440.
No piano technicians accepts responsible for string breakage. And there is no assurance that part or all of the strings will hold pitch if they have been stretched an unusual amount to bring the piano into pitch.
In those cases, I am glad to come back to do a "touch-up" but understand that I must charge for the return visit.
TUNE & RAISE PITCH
I get many calls each month from people who have questions about pianos.
Interestingly, after spending time with them to help them, in all of the years, I can count on one hand the number of those people who have scheduled me to tune and/or repair their piano.
It's odd, but it's the truth.
The person who will get their business is the one who needs to provide the advice.
So I no longer give advice or instructions without being paid in advance.