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"There is a lot of personal satisfaction in making a piano sound its best" according to GR Horst who discovered his enjoyment of tuning at age 12.  His work became a business in 1982 after completion of a course of study and some hands-on training. He now services pianos in SE Pennsylvania including the counties of Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Lehigh and York.

Always Learning

GR Horst was among more than 600 attendees, including piano technicians, manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, who attended the 61st annual Piano Technicians Guild Convention and Technical Institute. Education was the focus of the four-day event, held in July of 2018, covering all aspects of piano service.  

Keeping current on related technology, tools, methods, and repair technique takes a focused effort. GR also values information sharing with other technicians where there is a continuous flow of new ideas, methods, tools shared from decades of experience. The bottom line is focused on benefits for our customers who expect skilled professional service from their local piano technician.

Just listen and compare ...

Computer technologies developed over recent decades allows accurate sound to be reproduced via electronic means. At one time this seemed to place the future of the acoustic piano in question. For portability and flexibility, electronic keyboards now play a role in churches and touring bands. Having owned one, I had become accustomed to these electronic instruments. However at a recent music conference, I walked by an well tuned acoustic grand piano being played. The authenticity of the sound was overwhelming and actually caught me by surprise. It was a stark reminder that there is nothing like the real acoustic instrument.

I also learned that the life expectancy of an electronic instrument is significantly shorter than that of an acoustic piano. It's not unusual to encounter acoustic pianos that are well over 50 and even 100 years old that are still in decent condition while electronic keyboards degrade and become unserviceable over a much shorter period of time.  Yes, I am bias toward the acoustic version of the piano. However, with the authentic sound, infinite variability and longevity of the acoustic piano, I think my bias is justified :)

Piano Tuning & Maintenance

The various task of tuning the acoustic piano includes:

  • Checking the overall pitch

  • Setting the temperament

  • Handling the inharmonicity

  • Setting the treble sections

  • Setting the bass section

  • Tuning the unisons etc.

  • Repair and adjust anything needing attention

Top Honors

GR Horst earns "Top Pro" award from Thumbtack.com for 2018.

GR has earned this award for the second year in a row (2017, 2018) by providing service that is highly ranked by customers who have booked their tuning service through Thumbtack.

Only 4% of Thumbtack professionals earn this award by providing this level of customer service.
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