The Fine Tuning, Regulation, Repair & Maintenance of Pianos by Rich Van Slooten
Hi, my name is Rich Van Slooten. I have been a piano technician-tuner for over 42 years and a concert tuner-technician for 18+ years. My wife, Carol Van Slooten is a classically trained pianist, with post-graduate piano instruction with several of the world’s finest pianists. Carol offers piano and music theory lessons from our home studio with her concert grand and three 6′ grand pianos. For more information click on the PIANO LESSONS link in the tool bar above.
My experience as a concert tuner has provided me with a unique skill set which I consistently apply in tuning & maintaining your instrument. I highly value your instrument and will treat it as though it were being prepared for a concert. I also devote the necessary 2-3 hours to work on your instrument to bring out its best tonal quality and performance.
I offer professional, quality work. I have experience with all makes and models of pianos from spinets to concert grands. If you have an older piano with various key, repeatability, pitch stability or tonal problems I can quickly evaluate the nature of the problem and provide an estimate of cost to resolve the problem. I also strive to work within your budget, prioritizing necessary repairs so that they do not break the bank!
My tuning fee includes a check of your piano’s regulation, minor key repairs or hammer alignment, minor action adjustment, soundboard & interior cleaning. A typical tuning session takes from 2-3 hours.
Besides precision tuning, I offer a comprehensive range of services for your piano including Piano Rebuilding, Action Regulation, Precision Touch Weight Analysis and Hammer Voicing for both upright and grand piano actions. Refer to specific Services in the tool bar above.
My 18+ years as a concert tuner have provided me with a unique skill set which I consistently apply in tuning and maintaining your instrument. I treat each instrument as though it were being prepared for a concert or a recital. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you, provide the finest care for your piano, and help answer your specific piano needs or questions.
I offer professional, satisfaction guaranteed tuning and service work. In addition to precisely tuning your piano via aural skills and computer aids, I also check your piano’s regulation and touch-weight responsiveness. If I can solve sticking key or repetition problems with minor key or action adjustments, I will do so without any extra cost to you.
I also thoroughly clean your pianos’ action, sound board and interior cabinet. If you perform cost comparisons between myself and other tuner/technicians, you will often find that the cost of the cleaning and/or minor repairs which I perform without charge is equivalent to my competitors tuning fee alone. Also, the time that I devote to servicing your instrument is usually two to three times as long as what my competitors will offer.
I also offer precision Touch Weight Regulation for both upright and grand piano actions. Although this is normally a specialty service for discriminating pianists, it establishes a uniform key weight across the key board which is invaluable towards promoting better playing, more consistent repetition and tonal dynamics across the keyboard.
My goal is to provide the utmost in customer satisfaction by establishing an equal temperament, tuning the entire piano register for optimum tonal quality, clarity and resonance and complementing the tuning by thoroughly cleaning the action and interior cabinet. All this done with a smile and a desire to promote harmony in your home!