LeGrand Piano Services

LeGrand Piano Services

5.0 (13)
1 employee
10 years in business

About this pro

-- Experience Your Piano as Never Before -- Many piano owners have never experienced their piano at its best. My expert service helps you get the most out of your piano, so you can enjoy making music. As the owner and operator of LeGrand Piano, I’d be happy to take care of your piano and treat it as my own. Although piano tuning is the most recognizable part of my profession, there’s a LOT more that goes into a properly maintained piano than just tuning. The touch of the keys, the tone of the piano, and the performance of the action all degrade over time just like the tuning. It’s important to address these issues as well when the piano is serviced, which is why I offer my Tuning & Seasonal Service appointments that are specifically designed to take care of these issues so you can enjoy your piano at its best. My Signature service goes above and beyond what many others offer in their standard tuning appointments. But don’t take my word for it, as a Thumbtack Top Pro, I am highly rated for value, punctuality, and professionalism by my clients. 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. You can rest assured that I am the expert to get your piano in its best shape! -A portion of all proceeds is donated to charity supporting the developing world -

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.

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Levittown , PA 19056
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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?

Once you've reached out to me, the first step is to find out which appointment is best for you. I tailor my Tuning & Seasonal Service appointments to each client's individual needs as well as how their piano is used. For example, a piano that’s used for recordings will have different needs than a piano that’s used casually at home. Once we’ve found the best service for you, the next step is to schedule the appointment. I’ll typically ask what days of the week are best for you, and then look at my schedule and send some potential times that might work for both of us. I also have an online scheduler on my website as well. Once your appointment time has been set, the last step is for me to come and service your piano, and then you can enjoy it as never before!


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-

  TUNING & SEASONAL SERVICE - $225 Many piano owners have never experienced their piano at its best. The Tuning and Seasonal Service appointment helps you get the most out of your piano, so you can enjoy making music. This 2-hour appointment includes tuning, as well as work to the action and hammers to make your piano enjoyable to play. What's Included: • Bringing the piano up to Concert Pitch (Sometimes called Pitch-Raising or Double Tuning) • Fine Tuning • Light Cleaning • Fix Sticking Keys and Reduce Friction in the Action • Touch-up Voicing (to improve the piano's tone) • Touch-up Regulation (to make the piano easier to play) BASIC TUNING SERVICE - $145 If your piano has been regularly maintained and serviced within the last 6 months, then the Basic Tuning Service might be the best choice for you. If it has been more than six months since the last service, or if your piano is in disrepair, I recommend scheduling one of the Tuning & Seasonal Service appointments that are tailored to different levels of use. • Fine Tuning (1 Hour) • Additional Charge for Extra Services Needed -$30 Discount on Tuning & Seasonal Service Appointments for Music Teachers -Additional Charge for Parking/Tolls if required (I try to find street parking if at all possible) -Same day cancelations are charged at the full appointment rate. If you need to reschedule or cancel, please let me know in advance!


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 a look on my website to find the best fit for your piano.

www.legrandpiano.com


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