Piano Services

We serve Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and connecting communities. Below you will find our specialized tuning, repair, and other services. Each service ensures your piano sounds its absolute best. If you need a piano tuner, contact us today and we will be ready to serve you.

JD Pianotech piano tuning and services with online booking.

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PIANO TUNING
James Dowbiggin piano tuner and technician services a Kawai Grand piano in Hamilton, Ontario.

Tuning your piano’s 200+ strings so it expresses its true voice. We tune each string so that every note, interval, and chord sings together. Your piano has a unique voice and can only show it with well-tuned strings. A tuning only requires one hour, if the piano has been serviced routinely. If it has not been tuned in a few years, it requires a Pitch Raise Tuning (see next option). We recommend tuning at least twice per year to account for the shift from warm, humid months to cold and dry months. In essence, a well-tempered set of strings produces an unmistakably clear and rich sound.
$120
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PITCH RAISE
Pitch Raise Tuning on a Steinway Model A grand piano.

Your instrument’s overall pitch fluctuates with seasonal changes: Cold, dry climate drops it (flat), while warmer, humid conditions lift it (sharp). This is directly caused by the contraction and expansion of pivotal wood components in your instrument. As it happens, wood adds and releases pressure on the strings, making their pitch move up and down respectively. On top of that, every subsequent year without proper tuning makes a piano flatter than the previous cycle. These effects can only be reversed with a Pitch Raise Tuning. We bring all strings back up to concert pitch so they sound as fresh as a new piano, even if it has not been tuned for over 10 years! As such, Pitch Raising is a common necessity to keep an heirloom piano sounding its best.
$180 (Tuning + $60)
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PIANO REPAIR SERVICES

Piano key repair

Like all things, a piano is vulnerable to damage and degradation in many ways. Broken strings need replacing. Abused cabinetry needs detailing. Internal wood, felt, leather and metal parts break down with use. Upholding these components’ integrity is crucial to maintaining a piano’s health. We offer consultation and options for repair on many levels.
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ACTION & KEYBOARD REGULATION
Piano action and keyboard regulation. Hamilton, Ontario.

As your piano is played, its moving parts gradually shift. Regulation re-calibrates all playing mechanisms to their standard specification. Conditions vary between venues and so too does the amount of regulation periodically required. To account for this, we provide recommendations complementary with every tuning so that your keyboard sounds and feels its strongest.
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HAMMER VOICING

Piano hammer voicing service in Burlington, Ontario.

Your piano’s hammers deliver the tone and dynamism of its sound. Their hardness can be increased or decreased, depending on the colour you need. Cuts and grooves in hammer felt can be removed and smoothed evenly so hammers strike on target. Voicing adjusts hammers to the pianist and technician’s ear. Well-voiced hammers thus reflect the piano’s unique sound and as a result, the ideal tone occurs with every key press.
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VACUUM CLEANING

Grand piano vacuum and cleaning.

We vacuum and clear all areas in your piano that can be (or already are) affected by debris, dirt and dust buildup. On grand pianos, this includes underneath the strings on the soundboard. On an upright, the lower half of your piano cabinet has an entire section devoted to the pedals and string hitch pins. In each of these parts, a thorough vacuum is important to keep your instrument from gathering buildup and unwanted noises.
Upright Vacuum: $130
Grand Vacuum: $145

PIANO CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Providing decades of climate protection for your piano, the Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver System lives up to its name. This system can be installed on both grand and upright pianos. When 40-45% room humidity cannot be maintained, as can be the case in schools, churches or concert venues, this system is a must.
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ASSESSMENTS & APPRAISALS

Grand piano appraisal and assessment for sale or general inquiry.

You may be wondering what working condition your piano is in, no matter its age. For this, we inspect and assess all playing parts and sound-related components. Although we perform this with every tuning, a thorough report is sometimes required to keep you updated on your piano’s status. If you are in the market to sell your piano, an appraisal is crucial to knowing the market value and prospects to move forward.
Assessment: $85
Appraisal (includes Assessment): $125



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PIANO MAKES WE SERVICE

Steinway

Mason & Hamlin

Wurlitzer

Hamilton

Pramberger

Yamaha

Bechstein

Weber

Richler

Bell

Kawai

Young Chang

Petrof

Nordheimer

Willis & Co.

Bösendorfer

Heintzman

Samick

Boston

Cable

Baldwin

Chickering

Mason & Risch

Lesage

Fender Rhodes

And many more, ask us about your piano.


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