Clyde Allen Piano Tuning and Repair

Silver Spring, MD

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I have over ten years of experience. While there are many good people in the piano services industry I am happy to deliver quality work and successful results at a reasonable price.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like meeting the many nice folks in this region. It is especially gratifying to see a child starting out with their first lessons and then watch as they progress over time. That is a wonderful thing. And keeping the piano in top shape helps to protect the child from becoming frustrated with their instrument and helps keep them positively engaged with their lessons knowing their piano sounds right and has the correct playability.

Location

Silver Spring, MD 20904

Times hired on Thumbtack

43

Reviews

26 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Sep 9, 2017
    Not only did Clyde do a very good job technically, taking all the time to raise the pitch (piano not tuned in years...) but he acted and interacted very pleasantly and politely. I highly recommend him
  • Joanne K. Sep 5, 2017
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde was very courtesy, informative and professional. He was on-time and his rates are reasonable. I would definitely recommend him!
  • Wayne P. Dec 30, 2016
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Highly recommended
    Excellent communication from start to finish. Work was done as scheduled, very thoroughly and professionally. Highly recommended.
  • Bob D. Aug 23, 2016
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde did a nice job in tuning up our prized Steinway and went overboard in correcting other issues. I recommend him.
  • Katherine C. Jul 3, 2016
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
  • Nichole C. Jul 1, 2016
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde was very detailed and did a fantastic job!
  • Kimberly V. Mar 5, 2016
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Mr. Allen came and provided phenomenal services. He was very professional and used available technologies to ensure that the piano was tuning sounded magnificent. He shared with me everything he did along the way. We will use him for future tunings. Very reasonable prices. I recommend him enthusiastically and with no-reservations.
  • Jill L. Feb 18, 2016
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Great service. Prompt, knowledgable and courteous.
  • Eli L. Feb 15, 2016
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
  • Sammy D. Dec 2, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde did a thorough job. Took the time to explain the problems and also promptly followed up with the estimate of the repairs needed. Very reliable and excellent tuner.
  • King V. Nov 24, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
  • Suzi C. Nov 21, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde did a wonderful job. He took time to explain to me how to take care of my piano and was very thorough.
  • Jeremy M. Oct 26, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Mr. Allen did a terrific job, staying for hours to carefully spend time tuning our piano. He explained how to take better care of our piano in the future and was overall a pleasure to work with. Would enthusiastically recommend him.
  • Yasmin M. Sep 23, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Thank you, Clyde, for being so thorough and just so lovely to work with. The rates are excellent as well. I highly recommend Clyde!
  • Ed P. Sep 23, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde was prompt, polite, and thoroughly knowledgeable in tuning my upright Yamaha Disklavier. Although the player system has some unique features to work around, Clyde quickly familiarized himself and was comfortable and efficient in correcting the pitch and bringing it back into tune. It now sounds AMAZING!! He also diagnosed an annoying pedal issue and explained the procedures required to eliminate the squeaking, to be undertaken on his next visit. His charges are reasonable and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
  • Julia D. Sep 9, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde expertly tuned my Grand Cabinet piano which hadn't been tuned in at least 10 years. He began the session by performing a thorough inspection and provided useful information about realigning worn hammers with string grooves to improve tone. He adjusted an improperly performing pedal, explained the importance of dampers and showed where several had been previously replaced. Clyde estimated the age of my piano at nearly 100 years which accounts for a few replaced hammer shanks. Before tuning the piano, Clyde used his instruments to measure pitch and determine where the piano exceeded acceptable percentages of variance. Clyde recommended another tuning within a year because the piano is used infrequently. My husband and I enjoy the pleasing music produced by our newly tuned piano.
  • Ksenia S. Aug 15, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde was prompt, knowledgeable and professional when tuning my Baldwin upright the other day.
  • Jin-Ting S. Jun 7, 2015
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    This is my second time having Clyde tuning my piano. I am so glad that I found his contact in my email and I really really love his work. He is so nice and very neat and treats the piano with delicacy. He is just not just doing this as a job, he is a real master devoted himself to his work. Have to look for him!
  • Jo D. May 11, 2015
    Clyde "resurrected" my old full-sized upright — in my home — and has kept it in good working order for the past 18 months. I am an adult student who returned to playing after over over 30 years — so overcoming the age and neglect of the piano has required a wide range of skills. He has undertaken repairs as well as tuning, and shared specific piano care tactics with me. Clyde is obviously an experienced professional who takes pride in his work; he is very generous with his time and knowledge. He is an excellent technician and a fine person to work with; I recommend him without reservation.
  • Anwar O. May 11, 2015
    Clyde has been servicing the 10 pianos on our church campus for the past 4 years. I have had no issues or complaints on his work. He is very flexible, knowledgeable and easy to work with.
  • Julie B. May 11, 2015
    Clyde is a wonderful piano tuner. My piano sounds lovely! He has gotten to know my piano and can estimate fairly precisely how long we can go between tunings and does not overschedule. He takes care of my damp chaser system and has installed a new backing that will keep the piano in tune longer. And above all, he is a friendly guy. He is always prompt or calls me when he is going to arrive early, and keeps his schedule meticulously and sends me a reminder of our tuning appointments ahead of time. I highly recommend Clyde Allen.
  • Darren P. May 11, 2015
    Verified Review
    Clyde Allen provides a quality service at a fair price. He is always courteous, conscientious, and thorough. I strongly recommend Clyde for your piano tuning needs.
  • Steve S. Dec 29, 2014
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde did a great job tuning the piano. I had to use this piano on a recording session the very next day and my customers loved it. Clyde is also very good with piano maintenance. I realized at the last minute that I needed pads and fluid for my humidity control system. This was no problem for Clyde. He had the parts and fluid I needed in his car. He also had the best price. I will use him again for sure. David Hanbury
  • Natalie W. Sep 4, 2014
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde was prompt, friendly, and did a wonderful job tuning our baby grand, which was a recent acquisition and was very out of tune. He was pleasant to work with, and I would strongly recommend him to others for piano tuning.
  • Jenny K. Feb 6, 2014
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    Clyde was professional, very knowledgable, and did a wonderful job tuning our piano. Also, there was a vibrating issue with one of the keys, and after taking a careful look at it, he was able to pinpoint the reason, and also fix the problem. Clyde was also very cordial and pleasant to work with. I would recommend him in a heartbeat!
  • Rachel L. Nov 7, 2013
    Piano Tuning
    Verified Review
    He was on time, did a great job and very friendly! I would highly recommend him. Thanks, Clyde! The piano sounds great! -Rachel

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
While the modern piano has been around for quite some time the service industries that surround the piano are always in constant evolution. We in the industry are always looking for better practices, better materials and anything that will give us the ability to extend the years a piano will be in service and be on the job sounding great.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Piano tuning is the most common job in this line of work. Pitch raising and lowering is also common. Action repairs and action regulation is needed from time to time as is voicing. Like a well maintained car the piano needs to be kept in top condition. I have the skills and experience to keep the piano at its best.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My customers enjoy the fact that my piano tunings are sturdy and therefore the piano sounds better longer. It is not easy to be able to set a solid tuning on a piano. It takes years of practice to master this skill. My customers enjoy the fact that I know how to make a piano stable and enjoyable for a long period of time.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I value my customers and strive to provide them with a full compliment of services to meet the needs of keeping their pianos in top condition. I do this by using time-honored practices and materials as well as cutting edge technologies.