LeGrand Piano Services

LeGrand Piano Services

5.0 (13)
1 employee
9 years in business

About this pro

While most tuners only take about an hour or so and just include the tuning and some light cleaning, my service appointments go above and beyond to make sure your piano sounds its best! I provide Standard Tuning Appointments, which start at $125 as well as Complete Service Packages that start at $250. I'm more than just a Master Piano Technician - I'm also a lifelong musician. I am committed to providing excellent service and that's why I'm a Thumbtack Top Pro! My past clients have been highly satisfied with my work, and I'm rated highly for value, punctuality, and professionalism. My Complete Service Packages are the finest and most comprehensive services available. These all-around appointments allow me to fully service your piano so it can play and sound its best and include: -Pitch raising your piano up to concert pitch of A=440 Hz. -Concert-grade fine-tuning of your piano. -Voicing of the hammers to optimize your piano's tone. -Repairs so that your piano functions properly. -Regulation of the piano's action so it is consistent, controllable, and even from one note to the next. -Leveling and spacing the piano keys. -Adjusting the aftertouch so every note is easy to control. -Regulating the pedals of your piano. -Cleaning the piano's soundboard, case parts, action, and keys. If your piano has been maintained and a Complete Service Package is more than you need, I also provide traditional Standard Tuning appointments. These appointments usually last about 1.5 - 2 hours, but are still more inclusive than most other tuners in the area and include: -Concert-grade fine-tuning of the piano -Minor action adjustments -Small repairs -Cleaning of the piano -Additional tuning passes to bring your piano to concert pitch if your piano is significantly out of tune (additional $50 pitch-adjustment fee may apply) I am a certified piano technician through the Piano Technicians Academy, a member of Master Piano Technicians of America, Apex Piano Technicians, and Piano Technicians International, and also a professional musician with ChoralArts Philadelphia. I studied Vocal Performance and Music Composition at Willamette University, as well as music at CalArts, and was recognized as a Young Arts Scholar by the State of California. You can rest assured that I am the expert to get your piano in it's best shape!

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Yardley, PA 19067
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13 Reviews

5.0

  • Ellie B

    I'm a professional pianist and I have perfect pitch, so I'm a tough customer! Ryan was prompt - in fact he arrived early. He called ahead to confirm his arrival. He did an amazing job. I just moved across the country and this was my first tuning since the move, so the piano was in worse shape than usual. Ryan made my piano sound great again. I will definitely use him for my regular tunings. Highly recommended!

  • Andrea K

    Ryan did an excellent job. Highly recommended!

  • Matt V

    Ryan tuned and cleaned our piano quickly and professionally. He was prompt and immediately got to work. Before leaving he told us what he did, and what we could do down the road to improve the sound; no pressure and no guilt. I could tell Ryan truly cares about his craft, and that is why he gets 5 stars from me and will tune our piano from now on.

  • Beverly H

    Ryan was great! Efficient and knowledgeable. Will definitely hire again.


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

If you have a piano you'd like to have my service, you can get in touch with me through Thumbtack, by email at [email protected] .com, or by my cell at 818.268.3232 (I grew up in Los Angeles if you're wondering where the area code is from)

I also have an online booking system online at legrandpiano.com/book-online


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

As both a lifelong musician (I've been playing piano since 7 and I also perform professionally as a classical vocalist)and a Master Piano Technician, my expertise helps fellow pianists get the most out of their instruments.

In addition to my training through the Piano Technicians Academy and Master Piano Technicians of America, I also studied Vocal Performance and Composition at California Institute of the Arts, Willamette University, and was recognized as a California Arts Scholar.

I began to play piano at the age of seven and loved it since day one. Growing up, my parents actually had to ban me from the piano bench before school so we would get to class on time! Every time my parents would have a piano tuner over to service our Everett piano, I would watch intently and try to figure out what was going on. I've always loved figuring out how things worked, so there was a strong natural draw to piano technology. Throughout my high school days, I studied piano tuning and repair before attending and being certified through the Piano Technicians Academy.

I founded LeGrand Piano Services in 2012 and have faithfully served the community ever since. I believe that music is an essential part of life and that the work I do helps to keep the music alive.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

-A portion of all proceeds is donated to charity supporting the developing world- TOUCH UP TUNING - $95 The Touch-up Tuning Appointment is for pianos that have been tuned less than 12 months ago and are not significantly out of tune. The service includes fine-tuning, cleaning of the keys and case, and minor regulation touch-ups and minor repairs. The service usually takes around an hour and is a flat rate of $95 (plus parking and tolls if applicable) STANDARD TUNING - $125 The Standard Tuning Appointment is for pianos that have been tuned 1-2 years ago. The service includes fine-tuning, cleaning of the keys and case, and minor regulation touch-ups and minor repairs. The service usually takes around an hour and is a flat rate of $125 (plus parking and tolls if applicable) DOUBLE TUNING - $175 Double Tuning Appointment is for pianos that have been tuned more than one year ago, or have been moved and are significantly out of tune. Because they are significantly out of tune, these pianos require multiple tuning passes during the same appointment in order to stay in tune. (Hence the term Double-tuning or Pitch-raising) Why Double Tuning? Isn't one tuning enough? Your piano has 200+ strings, and each of those strings is under 150-200 lbs of tension. That's roughly 20 TONS of tension. When one string is adjusted, it affects the surrounding strings as well. Pianos typically go flat over time, and so a major adjustment to the piano's pitch could be adding several hundred (or even thousands) of pounds of tension. In order for the piano to stay in tune, the tension across a string needs to be the same, which isn't possible to achieve in just a single pass in these situations. (remember, adding to tension to one string also affects neighboring strings too!) That's why the only way to get a stable tuning is to do multiple tuning passes! COMPLETE SERVICE PACKAGES Service Package: The Essentials This package is designed for pianos that have been tuned within the past two years but have other issues that need to be addressed for proper playing (such as sticking keys, regulation issues, buzzes and odd noises, voicing problems etc.) What's Included: • Concert-grade Fine Tuning • Voicing of the piano to improve the tone • 30 Minutes of free repairs so your piano functions properly • 30 Minutes of Action Regulation to address problems such as striking keys, difficulty controlling loud or soft, etc. • Cleaning the piano case, keys, and soundboard This appointment usually takes around 3 hours and is a flat rate of $250 (Value of $375) plus parking and tolls if applicable. Service Package: Standard This package is designed for pianos that have not been tuned in several years, or have been moved, and also have voicing, regulation, and other issues impacting its performance (Sticking keys, buzzes and odd noises, regulation problems from note to note, difficulty playing softly or quietly, etc.) What's Included: • Double Tuning to bring the piano up to Concert Pitch • Concert-grade Fine Tuning • Voicing of the piano to improve the tone • 30 Minutes of free repairs so your piano functions properly • 60 Minutes of Action Regulation to address problems such as striking keys, difficulty controlling loud or soft, etc. • Leveling of the keys • Mating and leveling the strings • Cleaning the piano case, keys, and soundboard This appointment usually takes around 4 hours and is a flat rate of $350 (Value of $525) plus parking and tolls if applicable.


How did you get started in this business?

I've always had a burning passion for music-making. I began playing piano at age 7 and began my adventures in music composition a year later (and I still compose classical music to this day, working mainly with orchestral works). I kept up with my piano instruction and one time when my parents had my Everet studio upright tuned, I found myself fascinated by the tuning process and how the instrument itself works. And it all went from there.

I began to study the art of piano tuning, with support from my father and studied throughout high school independently. I then attended the Piano Technician Academy and became a Certified Piano Technician and a member of the Master Piano Technicians of America, along with the Apex Piano Technician network and Piano Technicians International.


What types of customers have you worked with?

I have serviced everything from an old 1880s upright, to a mid-grade Wurlitzer, high-quality antique baby grand pianos, to modern, robust Steinway, Yamaha, and Kawai grand pianos, and most everything in-between. My clientele also ranges from churches, universities, piano instructors, recording studios, jazz parlors, and composers - and of course, everyday pianists and even non-piano playing family members, who just want a beautiful piano for their son or daughter when they come back home.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have worked on hundreds of pianos, including restoring a 1917 Steinway, tuning and regulating a Bechstein concert grand piano used by the Berlin Philharmonic, and many others. However, I am particularly proud of the piano I helped to prepare for a personal recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. This piano was not tuned to the modern standard equal-temperament, but to a historical Well-Tempered system in order to be a more historically informed recording. When the piano was tuned in the Werkmeister temperament, I could really hear the nuances between the different keys and modes that Bach used. For example, the Prelude and Fugue in G# Minor sounded more unstable and on-edge, while the Prelude and Fugue in C Major sounded very stable and the thirds in the final chord were extremely pure.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

When looking for a piano technician, it's important to find a technician who not only has a mastery of the technical and tuning aspects of the instrument, but also has a passion for his work, is trusted by the community, and can relate to the creative process.

I tune both by ear, and with an electronic tuner. Some tuners will exclusively use one or the other, but I prefer to use them both in a manner that's complimentary. Tuning with an electronic device helps to serve as a check and ensure accuracy throughout the tuning, while using aural tuning also makes sure that the piano sounds good to our ears - not just a machine! (I've often heard from clients that their previous tuner used just one method, and they were unhappy with the results)

Everything I do is to make your piano sound its absolute best. I believe that I should care for every piano as if it were my very own. I commit to nurturing the best possible sound out of every piano entrusted to my care. I don't just tune - I service.

It is my attention to detail that has made LeGrand Piano Services one of the top rated and most trusted Master Piano Technicians in the Philadelphia and NYC areas. As both a lifelong musician and a Master Piano Technician, my expertise helps fellow pianists get the most out of their instruments.

In addition to my training through the Piano Technicians Academy and Master Piano Technicians of America, I also studied Performance and Composition at California Institute of the Arts, Willamette University, and was recognized as a California Arts Scholar.


What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Not sure what your piano needs? Take the Service Quiz on my website to find the best fit for your piano.

www.legrandpiano.com/service-quiz


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