Piano Tuners' Association (PTA) 

About the PTA

The Pianoforte Tuners' Association was founded in 1913 as a trade union, but was de-registered in 1972 to become a professional body.

Since then its membership has gradually grown, proclaiming its commitment to improving standards, to the extent that since 1975 all applicants for membership must pass a theoretical and practical examination to prove their ability as qualified tuners or technicians.

For many years the Association was firmly based in London, however, since 1981 an Annual Convention and General Meeting has been held in different towns throughout Great Britain, to which all classes of membership and aspiring non-members are invited so they may learn new techniques and hone their skills.

The Association has an excellent library of books, cassette and video tapes which are available for loan to Members. Full details can be found in the Association yearbook.

The Association has an international membership around the world.

PTA Council Members
President:Brian Frost
Vice President:John Lambert
Hon.General Secretary:Annette Summers
Hon. Treasurer:Andrew Jamieson
Trustees:Rick Ohlendorf
Tania Staite
Members:Graham Cantrill
Paul Fox
Nigel Polmear
Lewis Flisher
Jeff Prett
Colin Crawford
Matt Gough, Newsletter Editor[co-opted]

Mrs Annette Summers
PTA Secretary
PO Box 1312
Lightwater
Woking
GU18 5UB
Tel: 0845 602 8796

For further information on membership of the Association please Email:members@pianotuner.org.uk

Registered Piano Tuners -
Sheffield area: 
Mr Fox 0114 2630121 Fax as phone 1035
        Email: info@sheffieldpianotuner.co.uk Mobile 07889 759265
        Web: www.sheffieldpianotuner.co.uk    
Mr Sagar01226 754695   959


Mr Taylor, J M0114 2452001   762


Mr Frost, R01462 454244   1210


For London
Mr Flisher01227 451045   H767


Ms Hewson 020 7732 6769   1052

Mobile 07887 994719
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
Mr Martin01689 858816 W 020 8295 3505 1166
        Email: martinpianoservices@ntlworld.com Mobile 07702 180405
        Web: www.martinpianoservices.co.uk    
Mr Montague020 8578 5846   768
        Email: reg@tuningservices.co.uk
        Web: www.tuningservices.co.uk    
Mr Sapsford01424 716060 Fax 204885 1138
        Email: gsapsford@tiscali.co.uk
Mr Webber020 8361 1282   1195
        Email: webberj@btinternet.com Mobile 07905 032244
In "LONDON, All Districts " we have found
Mr Bird01983 867007 0800 083 3534 1206
        Email: ronbirdmusic@btopenworld.com
        Web: www.ronbirdmusicservices.com    
Mr Lubert020 8954 6364   1002
        Email: ian@lubert.org Mobile 07768 123600
In "LONDON, All E districts" we have found
Mr Downes (Technician Member, Modern Action & Regulation)020 8558 1279   1108T
        Email: enquiries@downespianos.co.uk Mobile 07956 546762
        Web: www.downespianos.co.uk    
Mr Dumitriu020 8523 5839 Fax 8923 2252 1125
        Email: george.dumitriu@ntlworld.com Mobile 07802 558542
Mr Hayday01268 755964   953
        Email: neilchayday@tiscali.co.uk Mobile 07710 172274
Ms Hewson 020 7732 6769   1052

Mobile 07887 994719
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
Mr Stuart 01708 739231   1011

Mobile 07885 249962
Mr Webber020 8361 1282   1195
        Email: webberj@btinternet.com Mobile 07905 032244
Mr Wright, T D020 8478 1934   1144


In "LONDON, All N districts " we have found
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
Mr Stuart 01708 739231   1011

Mobile 07885 249962
Mr Webber020 8361 1282   1195
        Email: webberj@btinternet.com Mobile 07905 032244
In LONDON NW1 to NW11 we have found
Mr Dumitriu020 8523 5839 Fax 8923 2252 1125
        Email: george.dumitriu@ntlworld.com Mobile 07802 558542
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
Mr Montague020 8578 5846   768
        Email: reg@tuningservices.co.uk
        Web: www.tuningservices.co.uk    
Mr Myers (Technician Member - Strung Back, Modern Action & Keyboard)01525 712050   1187T

Mobile 07974 675669
Mr Webber020 8361 1282   1195
        Email: webberj@btinternet.com Mobile 07905 032244
In "LONDON, All SE Districts" we have found
Mrs Hern020 8699 3155   1168
        Email: hern@talk21.com Mobile 07831 226633
Ms Hewson 020 7732 6769   1052

Mobile 07887 994719
Mr Martin01689 858816 W 020 8295 3505 1166
        Email: martinpianoservices@ntlworld.com Mobile 07702 180405
        Web: www.martinpianoservices.co.uk    
Mr Parr020 8291 2130   1199


Mr Sanders020 8313 1151   1209
        Email: cliff.sanders@virgin.net Mobile 07776 235179
Mr Strafford020 8697 2546   1068

Mobile 07940 358416
Mr Stuart 01708 739231   1011

Mobile 07885 249962
Ms Targett020 7277 6217   1087
        Email: ashpiano@email.com Mobile 07905 691372
In "LONDON, All SW districts " we have found
Mr Armer 01737 352408   1025


Mr Hanna (Technician Member - Workshop Technician) 020 8540 5541 Fax 020 8540 4553 1100T
        Email: sales@hanna-pianos.co.uk
        Web: www.hanna-pianos.co.uk    
Mr Hendy020 8391 1512   1093
        Email: hendytim@hotmail.com Mobile 07976 210140
        Web: www.timhendy.co.uk    
Ms Hewson 020 7732 6769   1052

Mobile 07887 994719
Mr Kee020 8892 8681   1088
        Email: victorkee@btinternet.com
Mr Maltby 020 8546 4475   954


Mr Montague020 8578 5846   768
        Email: reg@tuningservices.co.uk
        Web: www.tuningservices.co.uk    
Mr Myers (Technician Member - Strung Back, Modern Action & Keyboard)01525 712050   1187T

Mobile 07974 675669
Mr Strafford020 8697 2546   1068

Mobile 07940 358416
Mr Stuart 01708 739231   1011

Mobile 07885 249962
In "LONDON, All W districts" we have found
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
Mr Kee020 8892 8681   1088
        Email: victorkee@btinternet.com
Mr Montague020 8578 5846   768
        Email: reg@tuningservices.co.uk
        Web: www.tuningservices.co.uk    
Mr Myers (Technician Member - Strung Back, Modern Action & Keyboard)01525 712050   1187T

Mobile 07974 675669
Mr Webber020 8361 1282   1195
        Email: webberj@btinternet.com Mobile 07905 032244
In "LONDON E1, 2, 3" we have found
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
Mr Strafford020 8697 2546   1068

Mobile 07940 358416
In "LONDON E4, 6, 7, 10 to 12, 15 to 18" we have found
Mr Downes (Technician Member, Modern Action & Regulation)020 8558 1279   1108T
        Email: enquiries@downespianos.co.uk Mobile 07956 546762
        Web: www.downespianos.co.uk    
Mr Wright, D020 8500 6326   1172
        Email: derekwright@tesco.net Mobile 07956 411610
In LONDON N1 to N22 we have found
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
Mr Webber020 8361 1282   1195
        Email: webberj@btinternet.com Mobile 07905 032244
In LONDON N4 to N22 we have found
Mr Dumitriu020 8523 5839 Fax 8923 2252 1125
        Email: george.dumitriu@ntlworld.com Mobile 07802 558542
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
In "LONDON NW8, 11" we have found
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
In "LONDON SE3, 6, 13, 21 to 27" we have found
Mr Parr020 8291 2130   1199


Tania Staite020 8677 4422 or 020 8695 0555   1119


In "LONDON SE4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 19, 20" we have found
Mr Parr020 8291 2130   1199


In LONDON SE9 we have found
Mr Crunden 01689 876973   756


Mr Parr020 8291 2130   1199


In "LONDON SW1, 3, 7, 10" we have found
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
In "LONDON SW13, 14, 15" we have found
Mr Anderson 01327 263232 Fax as phone 1058
        Email: pianotune@btinternet.com Mobile 07785 757030
        Web: www.pianotunerextraordinaire.co.uk    
Mrs Hamilton
  1198

Mobile 07837 632199
        Web: www.ivorypianos.co.uk    
Mr Hendy020 8391 1512   1093
        Email: hendytim@hotmail.com Mobile 07976 210140
        Web: www.timhendy.co.uk    
Mr Kee020 8892 8681   1088
        Email: victorkee@btinternet.com
In LONDON SW18 we have found
Mr Hendy020 8391 1512   1093
        Email: hendytim@hotmail.com Mobile 07976 210140
        Web: www.timhendy.co.uk    
In "LONDON SW18, 19" we have found
Mrs Hamilton
  1198

Mobile 07837 632199
        Web: www.ivorypianos.co.uk    
In "LONDON SW19, 20" we have found
Mr Anderson 01327 263232 Fax as phone 1058
        Email: pianotune@btinternet.com Mobile 07785 757030
        Web: www.pianotunerextraordinaire.co.uk    
Mr Hendy020 8391 1512   1093
        Email: hendytim@hotmail.com Mobile 07976 210140
        Web: www.timhendy.co.uk    
Mr Vernon020 8647 6455 Fax as phone 1165
        Email: rvernon665@aol.com
In "LONDON SW2, 4" we have found
Mr Parr020 8291 2130   1199


In "LONDON SW2, 9, 11, 12, 16 to 18" we have found
Tania Staite020 8677 4422 or 020 8695 0555   1119


In LONDON SW6 we have found
Mrs Hamilton
  1198

Mobile 07837 632199
        Web: www.ivorypianos.co.uk    
Mr Hendy020 8391 1512   1093
        Email: hendytim@hotmail.com Mobile 07976 210140
        Web: www.timhendy.co.uk    
In LONDON W3 to W6 we have found
Mrs Hamilton
  1198

Mobile 07837 632199
        Web: www.ivorypianos.co.uk    
In "LONDON W4, W5" we have found
Mrs Hamilton
  1198

Mobile 07837 632199
        Web: www.ivorypianos.co.uk    
Mr Jacobs020 7278 6090 Fax 7713 5944 1086
        Email: michaelfjacobs@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile 07976 159945
        Web: www.piano-tuning-and-repairs.com    
Mr Kee020 8892 8681   1088
        Email: victorkee@btinternet.com
Mr Montague020 8578 5846   768
        Email: reg@tuningservices.co.uk
        Web: www.tuningservices.co.uk    
In "LONDON W5, 13" we have found
Mr Campanale020 8979 7120   840


Mrs Hamilton
  1198

Mobile 07837 632199
        Web: www.ivorypianos.co.uk    
Mr Kee020 8892 8681   1088
        Email: victorkee@btinternet.com
Mr Montague020 8578 5846   768
        Email: reg@tuningservices.co.uk
        Web: www.tuningservices.co.uk    
In LONDON W7 we have found
Mrs Hamilton
  1198

Mobile 07837 632199
        Web: www.ivorypianos.co.uk    
Mr Montague020 8578 5846   768
        Email: reg@tuningservices.co.uk
        Web: www.tuningservices.co.uk    

For Birmingham: 
Mr Alliss01283 533401   1096
        Email: theorganloft@aol.com
Mr Fitch01886 888183 Fax as phone 1048
        Email: boo241t@aol.com Mobile 07860 198656
Mr Melloy01543 268565 Fax as phone 1180
        Email: admin@chrismelloy.co.uk Mobile 07812 243999
Mr Tyrrell01527 543133   1137
        Email: tyrrellpianos@gmail.com Mobile 07905 245737
For Nottingham: 
Mr Cantrill 0115 9462160   981


Mr Clinton 0114 2500539   1040
        Email: barry.clinton@virgin.net
        Web: www.pianotuner-nottingham.co.uk    www.pianotuner-sheffield.co.uk
Mr Nolan 01623 815335   1017
        Email: benjamin.nolan@tesco.net Mobile 07715 116369
        Web: www.bennolan.co.uk    
Mr Taylor. P G01623 794115   1038
        Email: phil@ptpianos.co.uk Mobile 07976 825353
        Web: www.ptpianos.co.uk    

For Manchester: 
r Corey 01704 574610   1037
        Email: davedcpianos@talktalk.net Mobile 07971 422601
Mrs Hawkins01422 846407   1175
        Email: annette@bh-cc.co.uk Mobile 07767 473126
Mr Holliday01204 840594   1099


Mr Locke 0161 442 6288   973
        Email: kay.locke@ntlworld.com Mobile 07768 938180
        Web: www.pianohouseltd.com    
Mr Shaw, A0161 443 1085   1196
        Email: ant_shaw@btopenworld.com Mobile 07717 131543
Mr Sievers0161 740 3971 Fax as phone 1003
        Email: eric.sievers@talktalk.net Mobile 07776 251698
Mr Wood01204 653735 Fax 32453 940


For Liverpool: 
Mr Corey 01704 574610   1037
        Email: davedcpianos@talktalk.net Mobile 07971 422601
Mr King, N0151 280 5746   1191

For Leeds: 
Mr Alcock-Cross01977 554667   1161
        Email: guythepianotuner@gmail.com Mobile 07967 371132
Mr Butterworth, M S 01423 872955   1181
        Email: pianotuning@hotmail.co.uk Mobile 07946 517384
Mr Cunningham01274 582122   1066
        Email: iain@cpianos.co.uk Mobile 07850 328494
        Web: www.cpianos.co.uk    
Mr Forrest0113 2484448   1000
        Email: 1000 Mobile 07710 032954
Mrs Hawkins01422 846407   1175
        Email: annette@bh-cc.co.uk Mobile 07767 473126
Mr Smeaton 01423 566664   H819


For Newcastle: 
Mr Alexander01782 744154   1018
        Email: mark@pianotuner.uk.com
        Web: www.pianotuner.uk.com    
Mr Tostevin, R01782 617081   1005


In NEWCASTLE upon Tyne we have found
Mr Metcalfe01434 632245   1145
        Email: p.metcalfe841@btinternet.com
Mr Phillips, J R 0191 414 0955 Fax as phone 885
        Email: john_pianoman_phillips@btopenworld.com Mobile 07702 262555
Miss Stone01453 755665   1117
        Email: gill@gaspianoserve.freeserve.co.uk Mobile 07768 064496
Mr Wilks, K0191 267 3780   1182

For Glasgow:  
Mr Jamieson 01555 893160   1007
        Email: afjamieson@fsmail.net
Mr Motion 0131 449 6746 Fax as phone 1020

Mobile 07778 642911
Mr O'Neil01436 675850   1158
        Email: pianodoc@talk21.com
Mr Ponton01369 702860   1046
        Email: r.t.ponton@talk21.com
For Edinburgh:  
Mrs Gilroy0131 449 6230   1189
        Email: fegilroy@onepiano.co.uk Mobile 07970 441231
Mr Motion 0131 449 6746 Fax as phone 1020







Your Piano - Questions and Answers

Your piano is made up of some 5,000 parts. The quality of the materials used, the design and construction, and the conditions to which the piano is subjected, will determine its lifespan.

On average a new piano is considered to last 50 years. This can vary for several reasons:
  • the quality of the piano
  • the regularity of maintenance
  • how much the piano is played
  • the climatic conditions in which it is kept
How often should my piano be tuned or serviced
Three main factors affecting the performance of a piano need periodical attention:
  • Pitch - the pitch will drop if the piano is not tuned on a regular basis. The stability of its environment will very much determine how often it needs to be tuned.
    Twice a year is a good rule of thumb for an average piano in a domestic situation. Some old instruments may require more regular tuning.
  • Touch - the quality of the instrument, amount of use, and changes in its environment, will determine how often the piano action should be regulated. On average this is required about every five years.
  • Voicing (toning) - here again, this is subject to the quality of the piano, and particularly the hammer felt.
Unevenness of tone can be remedied by skilful voicing of the hammers to give a good overall balance. On concert and musician's pianos this is done on a regular basis.

How should I care for my piano?

Treat your piano like a piece of valuable furniture: keep it clean and never stand drinks, vases of flowers, or pot plants on it. Spilled liquids can cause serious damage, the repair of which may amount to a major overhaul. New pianos are generally finished in polyester or satin lacquer, which requires only to be wiped with a damp cloth and carefully dried. No polish is needed. Older pianos are usually French polished and need greater care, using a polish reviver applied with a clean soft cloth and polished with a soft duster. On NO account use spray polish.

The key tops may be made of ivory or various kinds of substitute material. Any marks which cannot be removed with a damp cloth should be left for the piano tuner to deal with. Do not use any kind of spirit or polish.

Protect your piano from ingress of dust, especially during decorating or building work

What is the piano action and why does it need maintenance?

The action and keys are the playing mechanism of your piano. Like other instruments that are subject to wear and tear, it is vital that these important parts of the piano are serviced from time to time by a qualified technician. After all, this is what connects you to the music!
Each note needs to be regulated individually to give optimum performance. The pedals, too, need occasional adjustment.

How can I move my piano

Because its heavy iron frame places the centre of gravity very near the back, an upright piano can be dangerously unbalanced, and it can suffer very serious damage unless it is moved in the correct way.

Where is the best place to stand my piano?

First you must consider how climate and environment affect a piano.
  • Temperature - a piano does not like to be too hot or too cold. A constant 18 to 21 degrees Celsius (65 - 70 degrees Farenheit) is ideal.
  • Humidity - central heating systems can dry the air, and draw moisture from the wooden components of the piano. When the heating is switched off at night the humidity rises, and conversely, as it is switched on in the morning, the humidity drops. These changes in relative humidity cause the wood alternately to shrink and expand, causing tuning instability. Ideally, you should try to keep your piano within 45 - 60 per cent relative humidity.
  • Positions - keep the piano away from windows if possible. Do not place your piano near a radiator or other heat source, or on an inside wall where there is a radiator in the next room backing onto the piano, resulting in heat being transmitted through the wall. These locations where constant excessive or fluctuating heat, is the cause of low or changing relative humidity, often are responsible for tuning instability and other serious problems, such as loose tuning pins, split soundboard and disruption of regulation.
A separate music room is considered to be ideal, but a dining room may be suitable, as this will usually be maintained at a lower temperature, and have a reasonably constant humidity level. Should you feel that your piano is in an unsuitable environment you should consider buying either a humidifier to counteract excess dryness, or a dehumidifier for excess dampness. Your piano tuner will be able to advise you.

What is a registered Tuner/Technician?

Pianoforte Tuners' Association registered tuners have had to pass an approved examination to show their capability to carry out tuning and repairs. Technicians similarly have qualified for rebuilding, major overhaul, string making, action design or other aspects of the piano industry.
Your PTA Registered Tuner should be able to advise you on many aspects of owning a piano, such as -
  • playing comfort - affected by the regulation of the action, the height of the keys from the floor, or the height of the pedals
  • special piano castors
  • changing your piano
  • accessories: piano lamp, stool, metronome
 
Buying a new Piano
In general, if you find a reputable piano retailer, buying a new piano should be no problem. The choice of piano is yours, and the amount you pay will in general determine the quality of the instrument. When you find a piano that satisfies your needs, purchase the one you have tried, as another of the same make and model could be quite different in touch and tone.

The usual recommendation when purchasing new, is to spend as much as you can afford. Just because you see what looks similar at £1000 less than your initial find doesn't mean that you are getting the same, cheaper. There are many factors affecting price beginning with the case. A modern (upright) case with no columns and toes under the keyboard is less expensive to produce so those will be cheaper. The traditional case costs more. Wood colours are more expensive as makers use real wood veneers which have to be chosen, matched and affixed which all takes time. Some wood finishes are very expensive and only available to order (like Amboyna for instance on a Steingraeber - a very rare wood). Regular choices other than black are Walnut and Mahogany. A few manufacturers will make a finish to your pattern, using inlays on the top door in a panel, or 'stringing' as a border (a checked pattern running in a line, either alternate dark/light wood in squares, diamonds, greek key - whatever you choose! If you are paying extra, they will do whatever you want.) Some pianos are offered with Cherry or Beech woods and there is the usual final finish of satin or high gloss. Both these are synthetic coatings (polyester) and quite durable if treated with care. Do not use proprietary spray polish on this finish! Just a wipe with a clean damp cloth will collect any dust and not harm the surface.

Other details which add to the quality and cost, are;

Different actions - Makers who produce actions made with better quality parts and hammer felts which affect the playing and sound of a piano i.e. Renner.

Different frame design - for a higher priced range of pianos, sometimes called Conservatoire models. Agraffes used throughout the piano [see the leftmost photo at the top of the "Tuning Reminder" page for agraffes] or on just the bass and tenor sections (some higher end Yamaha uprights - not to be confused with those used or seen on low-end eastern imports which seem to be copies of the better instruments but not necessarily having the same beneficial effect.)

Non-plastic key covers. Sometimes you can specify mammoth ivory or one of the several very good ivory substitutes.