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Dennie Chambers
Dennie Chambers

Dennie Chambers

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Introduction: I have 30 years of professional concert tuning on every major stage in New England, with clients ranging from Elton John to Liberace to the Rolling Stones. I offer complete tuning, voicing, regulation and repair services for all makes and models. I enjoy applying my expertise in physics and psychoacoustics to the temperament of any piano and using that skill throughout the instrument.
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Hired 56 times

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1 employee

39 years in business

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

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Debby K.

Piano Tuning

Dennie knows how to tune a piano. A real pleasure to have him take our extremely out of tune piano and make it sound terrific. He scheduled a time very soon after I requested, showed up on time and did his magic. It was also fun to get to know him.
May 2, 2020
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Rebecca L.

Piano Tuning

Dennie was very professional and knowledgeable. He arrived punctually, rescued my poor piano which has been neglected for a long time. He has tons of patience, his work was meticulous, it was absolutely a pleasure having him tune our piano, highly recommend Dennie to anyone who needs a professional tuning session.
Mar 16, 2020
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Emily M.

Piano Tuning

Excellent quality work, showed up on time, and the piano sounds 100x better! Fantastic price for the amount of time he spent working on piano (2 hours). Will hire again in the future.
Sep 14, 2020
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Anthony L.

Piano Tuning

Very nice man. He was understanding that I wasn’t home at the appt time because I took my daughter to urgent care and was about an hour late. I appreciate his willingness to work with my schedule especially on a Sunday. He explained what he needed to do immediately after determining what needed to be done and I knew what to expect and the cost upfront. Did a great job for an old piano. Highly recommend Dennie.
Feb 18, 2020
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Larry P.

Piano Tuning

Dennie was absolutely perfect. My piano hadn't been tuned in years and sounded like a hollow rubbish can. He quickly identified and solved the problems with it, tuned it, and it sounds like a concert grand! He was on time (early, in fact), highly professional and personable, and his fee was better than I expected, given all the work that was required. I plan to use his services on a regular basis, and heartily recommend him!
Oct 24, 2018
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FAQs

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

    A typical visit fee is $150.00, which includes providing an overview of the customer's piano, and the requirements of bringing the piano up to snuff. If the piano can then be tuned in a single tuning, the fee will include that. Pianos not serviced in a long time often require additional work. Nothing is done without thorough consultation with the customer.

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

    Educating them as to the condition and historical nature of their instrument.

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

    Dennie Chambers Bio As a young man, I studied Physics and Math at George Washington University and Literature at Columbia. In 1981, I received my Associates Degree in music, summa cum laude, from the University of Maine, and matriculated to Berklee College in Boston to earn my Bachelor’s. I soon met Dr. Al Sanderson, who was collaborating with Ray Kurzweil to develop digital piano technology, and Tom Sheehan, Boston’s foremost concert piano tuner, and found myself accompanying Tom on tunings to Symphony Hall, the Boston Opera House and the Shubert Theatre to tune pianos for Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and the like. By ‘83/ ’84, I was tuning pianos for artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Liberace, and Count Basie. In 1984, I opened a small piano store and workshop on Haviland Street in the Berklee College community. Tom Sheehan was leaving the piano business to study business at Yale, and I inherited his concert tuning portfolio, including becoming Director of Piano Technology at Berkee College. In 1985, I entered into a service agreement with Berklee to tune and maintain over 200 acoustic pianos, an agreement which remained in force for over two decades. In 1985, I expanded the piano store to a location on Mass Avenue, and in 1994, into a 6000 square foot location on Boylston Street. In order to maintain the Berklee piano fleet, it became necessary to hire technicians, and in order to assure high quality technical service, I developed a training program combining tuning technique with the physics and psychophysics of musical acoustics. The program proved highly successful, and scores of piano technicians launched their careers, including a few who became president of the Piano Technician Guild, others who became master piano rebuilders, and many of whom developed their own private businesses. I have since solidified the program into a technical manual entitled “The Physics and Psychophysics of Piano Temperament.” For a quarter century, I always wondered how I was going to transition out of the business, which had grown to eight or ten employees, and included maintaining the Berklee College fleet, providing concert pianos to venues throughout New England, tuning pianos for artists across the spectrum on stages, theatres, recording studios and clubs, and cultivating a piano business in the far reaching corners of Africa. Well, in 2008, the good Lord took care of that dilemma. I suffered a debilitating back and groin injury, underwent surgery, multiple spinal procedures, and a year of physical therapy. My employees were forced to move on, and I was forced into retirement. Years have passed, and I’ve recovered, vowing never to lift incredibly heavy objects again, accepting the reality that I’m no longer a youngster. But I still have an ardent love for the piano, the technology, and the beautiful acoustic phenomena which render the piano and the piano temperament that which defines pitch for the entire world of western music, even to this day. I am offering piano tuning, regulation, voicing and repair to clients in the North Shore area, and look forward to meeting your piano.

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