In 1985 as a mature partially sighted student, after 3 years training in the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, I qualified with my National Diploma and City & Guilds in Piano Tuning, Repairs and piano refurbishing.
External people from both the Piano Tuning Associations and Piano Manufacturing Industries examined my qualifications. The course was very thorough and covered all aspects of both tuning and the repairing and general servicing of both upright and grand pianos.
The profession recognizes the quality of tuning from RNCB, to be of the highest standard, this enables me to tune for any individual or for the Concert platform.
While at Hereford I was privileged to be able to tune and repair on over 100 different makes and ages of pianos. The oldest instrument dated around 1850, to the very latest modern upright and grand made in the last 2 years.
On completion of my course I won the Kemble prize for tuning.
Since my training I have worked in West Wales, tuning in customerís homes, schools, colleges, theatres and concert venues. In adition I worked for a very up-market piano showrooms in Swansea called Coach House Pianos, and also Cranes Musical Instruments alsoin Swansea.
I am now living on the outskirts of Newport SouthEast Wales, and I am in the process ofbuilding up a business so I am always looking for new customers.
When I take over the tuning of a piano I will always try to bring the pitch of the instrument to A440hz, which is the correct level, commonly known as Concert Pitch.
Having tuned the piano I will keep in contact with my new customer and remind them when the next tuning is due. In addition I will value the piano for insurance purposes, also give free quotes on any repairs.
If required I can give references from long-standing customers, Coach House Pianos, Schools & Colleges and local music shops. There of course is also the Association of Blind Piano Tuners, of which I am a member and have been for the past 25 years, and have served on the Management Committee, where I have been honored as a Fellow of the Association.