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Still working safely in Leeds and Bradford under lockdown

If you’re worried about the legality of booking a piano tuner during lockdown, don’t be. Tradespeople of all types are allowed to continue their work under the new rules. Please see the yorkshire post for more details. This link covers the health and safety guidelines that me and other piano tuners have been asked to follow throughout the pandemic. Common sense isn’t always so common! Sometimes it’s helpful to remind yourself of the best way to stay safe (I need the reminder myself from time to time).

Many happy returns from Piano Tuner Leeds

A happy new year to my cherished and valued customers (that’s all of you). A sincerest thank you to everyone who was kind enough to book my piano tuning services during the turbulent and rather frightening 2020. While I received some financial assistance via the self-employed grant, I only managed to keep above water due to people occasionally needing my piano tuning skills in Leeds and Bradford. One would think with people having more “leisure time”, pianos would be popular again, but that hasn’t been the case from what I’ve seen. Many children begin on digital pianos, which is no substitute for the real thing as far as I’m concerned. Call me old-fashioned, but if you are serious musician, nothing can compare to the touch of a well-regulated and finely tuned Schimmel or a Kawa acoustic piano. Digital pianos and keyboards have their uses (headphone practice and live performance), but an acoustic piano should be the mainstay of your piano playing.

Now I’m just sounding old and cranky. Enough of that. Let’s keep positive and hope 2021 is a much better year for all of us.

Updated Leeds Piano Tuner’s Availability Page. See you in 2021

Keep your eyes on the Piano Tuner’s Availability page for my early 2021 piano tuning services. I’ve listed some hours for the first week in the hopes they’ll be snapped up quickly. If a later week is better suited than please get in touch. You’ll most enjoy the sound of your piano once it’s tuned.

Piano with remove the front cover in the process of adjustment

Bookings in the Christmas to New Year Period

Things are getting a bit sluggish after the pre-Christmas rush – piano tuning bookings are thin on the ground next week. If you’d like to get your piano tuned this coming week (beginning Monday the 28th), get yourself booked in ASAP.

The most convenient day is currently Tuesday the 29th in the afternoon or evening, but I’m planning to work Tuesday to Friday. I haven’t posted any 2021 dates to my Leeds Piano Tuner availability page just yet, but they’re due to be added shortly. This is because I’d like to be working more next week – a booking is a booking however, and I’m more than happy to work around anyone’s schedule. Let me know when is most convenient once you’ve enquired.

I hope you’ve all had a merry Christmas, and here’s to a brighter 2021

2021 Plans for piano tuning in Leeds

Come 2021 there will be a slight change in schedule. I’m currently applying for part time retail work in Leeds to supplement my income earned from piano tuning. Piano tuning will be kept as a part time job, with my hours being reduced to 25 a week. I expect to be piano tuning in Leeds and Bradford three days a week (most likely Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), with my part time job on the weekend, and Mondays and Fridays being for my regular piano tuning customers in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Don’t get me wrong: I will still tune pianos in Bradford and Leeds on a regular basis. It has taken years of toil to become a master of my craft and it would be a shame to waste a hard-earned skill. Unfortunately many of my customers are in the vulnerable category and are understandably cautious about allowing people into their homes for the foreseeable future. The coronavirus vaccine will help, but I’m still expecting a difficult year. For this reason piano tuning is not viable as a full time job – it will have to be part time.

With all this being said, I will still strive to be the best piano tuner I can and to deliver a first rate service to my Leeds and Bradford customers. I didn’t become a piano tuner for money – I like giving the customer a good deal and for them to be happy with how their beloved piano sounds and plays. One of the few positives about the drop in my workload is that I can make more time and do all the work I need on a given day – rather than charging the customer extra for a second visit.

If you want to know more, please drop me a line.

Last minute Christmas Bookings (Piano Tuning in Leeds)

Looking for a piano tuning in Leeds before Christmas? Left it until the eleventh hour? I still have a few hours left for piano tuning in Leeds and West Yorkshire:

  • Tuesday the 22nd @ 2 PM
  • Tuesday the 22nd @ 5 PM
  • Tuesday the 22nd @ 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday the 23rd @ 11 AM
  • Wednesday the 23rd @ 2 PM
  • Wednesday the 23rd @ 5 PM
  • Wednesday the 23rd @ 7:30 PM

If none of those times work and it’s an absolute emergency I may be able to squeeze a booking in on another day.

My Youtube Channel

Throughout my misspent youth I acquired a gorgeous collection of guitars, amplifiers and speaker cabinets. This collection means the world to me. On my days off I’ve started making video demonstrations of some of my favourite pieces of equipment, partly as a way to direct some traffic towards my channel and to grow my piano tuning business.

I haven’t uploaded any piano or piano tuning related videos yet. Mainly because I don’t currently have a piano at home. I’ve been contemplating buying a small Yamaha piano (I’ve perused the Piano Man shop in Leeds, in between piano tuning jobs), but it’s not on the cards right now. I do a lot of writing/recording and most of that tends to be rock music centred around rather simple, joyous guitar riffs.

Thank you for your enquiries

A big thank you to anyone who has enquired about a piano tuning during these turbulent times. We all need to support local businesses right now.

My workload has been cut in half since March of this year. Mercifully, I have earned enough money this week to order new stock (various oils, powders, glues, assorted piano parts) so I’m looking forward to using these next week.

Let’s all keep supporting local businesses and local tradespeople.

  • – Richard, Piano Tuner Leeds.

Piano Tuner Leeds open during Lockdown

In case it wasn’t clear, Leeds piano tuner will continue his essential work after Thursday. However, if you’ve already booked and would like to cancel, you are completely within your rights to do so. Please give at least 12 hours notice (if possible), so I can book someone else into the newly available slot.

The blog posts below go into more detail about safety measures when booking a piano tuner, if you’re concerned.

– Richard, Leeds Piano Tuner.

Leeds Piano Tuner still resilient and ready for work

The Leeds piano tuner is continuing to work safely across West Yorkshire as normal. Piano tuning is essential work that cannot be done from home and there’s no reason why it can’t be performed safely.

Please remember that under the first sign of symptoms a booking will be CANCELLED immediately. He is extremely cautious and is practicing strict hygiene measures. Likewise, if you are showing symptoms, it is much wiser to rearrange!

It might be easier to contact him by phone if you live in an isolated area or if you have a busy schedule. He is still able to travel, but groups each booking so they are close geographically (although naturally, this can’t always be done). His phone number is 07542667040 and his email is richard@pianotunerleeds.co.uk