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Thomson Lawrie Piano Technician - Complete Piano Service since 1979

Call or Text 905-945-9455 

Over 35 years experience with Yamaha, Kawai, Baldwin, Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Petrof, Samick, Young Chang, Heintzman, Mason & Risch and many more.....

Piano Tuning

I am available by phone, Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm to book your piano tuning appointment.

To book your piano tuning appointment
call or text - (905) 945-9455


Send me an email - info@pianotech.ca

NEIGHBOR DISCOUNT - Book an appointment with a neighbor on the same day and you both get a 10% dicount!

I have been tuning pianos for the last 35 years. I was trained to tune by ear. I still prefer aural tuning since it is the human ear that will be the final judge when the tuning is complete. Piano technicians applying for membership in the Piano Technicians Guild can achieve Registered Technician status using an electronic aid but they also have to receive a passing grade on their tuning test without it.

After 28 years of tuning entirely by ear, I have finally given in and use an electronic tuning aid on some pianos. I still consider my tuning to be aural tuning. I use the tuning aid is to get the piano close before going back over the piano for the final tuning. The concept of electronic tuning precision is a myth. I have never found a tuning device that will tune a piano as a well trained piano technician can achieve by ear. Electronic tuning aid or not, it is always the technician that is responsible for the end result.

When a piano is in tune each note should sound clean and clear without any noticeable "twang". The twang is produced when the two or three strings that make up a single note are out of phase with each other. The string that is tuned slightly higher than another vibrates faster and the sound wave produced by it will eventually "catch up" causing a wave or beating sound. This is the sound that piano tuners are trained to listen for and work with.

Every make and model of piano will have different gauges and length of strings used throughout to create the same notes as in other pianos. The unique gauge and length of strings used in each piano design is known as scaling. It is the differences in scaling from one piano to another that will determine how that piano should be tuned. A tuner that is trained to tune by ear will automatically make adjustment for the differences in scaling of each piano as they work.

There are a number of electronic tuning aids that are available for piano technicians. Some of these can produce excellent results in the hands of a skilled tuner. In my experience the best results are produced by tuners that have been trained as aural tuners and use the electronic tuner as just another tool. But beware, one tuner may be using the latest digital technology and another may be using 1960's technology. You as a customer may only know the difference when the job is complete!


Serving - Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby,
St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie, Beamsville, Jordan, Vineland & Smithville.


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