Russell Brown Piano service
Russell Brown Piano service

Russell Brown Piano service

$195
estimated cost


Online now

Introduction: Forty years experience tuning and restoring pianos. Concert tuning and prep for some of the great pianists: Michael Ponti, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, and so many more. Tuning for dozens of professional recordings. Twenty five years piano and keyboard technician at UCSC Music Department. Trained at Steinway, Yamaha, countless PTG state and national conventions. I love what I do. After forty years I am still learning and honing my skills. Ask about my One Day Wonder.
Overview

Hired 168 times

Serves Felton, CA

Background checked

1 employee

43 years in business

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Venmo

Top pro status

Top Pros are among the highest-rated, most popular professionals on Thumbtack.

Top Pro Icon

2021

Featured Projects

11 photos

Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Excellent 4.9

80 reviews

5
98%
4
1%
3
0%
2
0%
1
1%

Read reviews that mention:


pro avatar
Stephen J.
4 weeks ago
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Outstanding tuning, reasonable price, very knowledgable about pianos, and showed exactly on time. Sound from the piano sparkles now after the tuning.

Details: Upright • Last piano tuning less than 1 year ago • Piano played at least once a week • More than 10 years old

Piano Tuning
pro avatar
Jacqueline Z.
2 weeks ago
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Russel is an excellent technician. He spent about one hour and a half to tune my baby grand listening attentively and when he left my piano sounds wonderful. In addition to his professionalism, he is a humorous gentleman and it's a pleasure to work with him.

Details: Baby grand • Last piano tuning less than 1 year ago • Piano played a few times a year • More than 10 years old

Piano Tuning
pro avatar
Bill C.
Jun 12, 2022
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Russel is a very nice gentleman. He arrived on time. He did a good job tuning the piano and with clear explanation of what needed to be done.

Details: Upright • Last piano tuning more than 2 years ago • Piano played at least once a week • More than 10 years old

Piano Tuning
pro avatar
Calvin E.
May 12, 2022
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

After he had completed the fine tuning of my piano, I played it and the sound was as good as new. I was satisfied by the outcome of his work as a piano tuner.

Details: Upright • Last piano tuning more than 2 years ago • Piano played at least once a week • More than 10 years old

Piano Tuning
pro avatar
Angela h.
Apr 23, 2022
·

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

It was an easy, smooth experience. We just moved our piano from out-of-the state. I chose Russell based on the reviews but he delivers. He responded within 24 hours, arrived on time, and went off tuning piano while I was on conference calls. He was kind and patient with my questions. He took good 2 hours on tuning my piano. No haggling, no surprise. Already schedule him for my next tuning!!!!

Details: Upright • Last piano tuning less than 6 months ago • Piano played at least once a week • 6 - 10 years old

Piano Tuning
Credentials
Background Check

Russell Brown

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    The tuning fee is $190.00. There are times if a piano has not been tuned for a long time or is quite below standard pitch when the piano may need a second tuning to stabilize the initial tuning. You can think of it as putting a new string on a guitar and having to retune the string a few times before it stays in tune. Pianos strings have a great deal of tension on them and the steel wire also actually has a memory of sorts, wanting to revert to its previous tension. Anyway, the rare times this is needed my process is to suggest a second tuning within a month and the fee is 1/2 price - $95.00. Also, as with everything involving your piano, I would discuss this with you beforehand to give you a choice of one tuning at the pitch where it is or doing a pitch raise and the second tuning. For any work on your piano I always talk with you about your piano, your options, the outcome of different options and make suggestions according to your needs and expectations of your piano.

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

    Probably the main thing you should know is that I love educating my clients about their piano, its condition, what service it may need and why, what service it could use but is not crucial or maybe even necessary at the moment. My job is to make your musical experience with the piano as enjoyable as possible.

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

    Years and years of attending local, state and national Piano Technician Conventions on every subject of piano tuning, maintenance and restoration possible. Intensive hands on training at several Steinway workshops at Steinway. Graduate of Yamaha's "Little Red Schoolhouse." For several years was a CTE, Certified Tuning Examiner in the Piano Technicians Guild, one of a small handful of technicians nationwide qualified to give the tuning exam to tuners applying to become a registered member. Was personally trained by Don Angle, Hubbard's finest technician, to service harpsichords...fortunate to learn from the master! Almost 25 years as the piano and harpsichord technician at The University of California Santa Cruz was really training at it's best, tuning, preparing, rebuilding pianos under every circumstance imaginable, tuning for high end musicians, recording situations that involved mastering different tuning systems and temperaments....working with many different types of keyboards: clavichords, various harpsichords, early fortepianos on up to the Imperial Grand Bosendorfer.

Not what you’re looking for?

No problem: we have pros for every job.