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Terry the tuner – an introductionSteinway Grand Piano Tuning

After finishing an apprenticeship at Steinway & Sons London in 1971, I became an outside tuner for the company, tuning pianos at the Capitals Concert Halls, Recording Studios and Private Houses of some of the countries best known performers. After leaving Steinway I became the sole tuner technician for the Viennese piano maker Bosendorfer at 38 Wigmore St. London, W1.

I now reside in Dartmouth, Devon, in the heart of the beautiful South Hams and offer Piano tuning services both locally and further afield upon request.

Here’s a summary of the services I provide:

Piano Tuning

To set the piano in tune so it stays in tune for a good duration.


The term used for the mechanical adjustments to maintain the action and keys.


Toning your piano ensures the evenness throughout the compass.  Many pianos, especially modern ones after a few years playing, end with the hammers becoming very hard.  This in turn produces a hard, thin, metallic tone.  The process of toning will maintain an even, warm tone.

Watch me completely restore a Model B Steinway Grand Piano




Work undertaken on all makes of piano.

Tuning in South Devon – from £85

Tuning outside of South Devon £By Negotiation

Overseas work undertaken, please enquire.


Call Terry:  +44 (0) 7432 871005 and leave a message with your name and number.