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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
With Covid-19 getting lively again, the last two weeks have been the slowest since early 2018. There’s never been a better time to book the piano tuner if you’re in the Leeds or Bradford region. I am dividing my days between different cities, as I have customers in different parts of the country (Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Manchester, etc) as a piano tuner I’m happy to travel! I’m taking steps to ensure I social distance, keep clean hands and to interact with as few people as I can manage. I have not have not had the coronavirus nor have I shown any symptoms.
Unfortunately, thanks to the corona-virus slashing my income by over 50%, I have had to find a second part time job alongside my usual Leeds piano tuning work. Until there’s some certainty regarding the covid-19 situation, I’ll only be piano tuning in Leeds and West Yorkshire for three days a week, Tues – Thursday. Very sorry if this inconveniences anyone. Thank you to all the clients who have booked me in over the last six months – I continue to look for more piano tuning clients and to keep growing this business.
The Leeds Piano Tuner is having face masks made to carry in his Piano Tuner’s case. If you would like him to wear one, please ask him during the booking process. His other precautions include rigorously washing his hands and using anti-bacterial hand-wash after before and after each piano tuning and following social distancing guidelines. It would seem many of the general public have gotten used to the pandemic and forgetting its dangers, but the Leeds Piano Tuner will not. If you could wipe down your pianos keys before the piano tuning visit, that would also be appreciated.
The Leeds piano tuner is still taking on clients. Although it is difficult to maintain a steady workflow during the pandemic, he will still be working one or two days a week. Staying safe is a top priority right now and at the first sign of symptoms he will cancel all bookings and self-isolate. If you are booking a piano tuning, he kindly asks the following from you:
Please maintain social distancing during the booking
Please allow the Leeds piano tuner to wash his hands before and after the tuning.
Wiping the keys with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth would also be appreciated
Please be aware you may have to wait at least 6 – 7 days for your piano tuning booking as he tends to only work on Thursdays and Fridays at present (until his workflow returns to normal). He looks forward to hearing from you.
With the coronavirus becoming an ever-greater concern for businesses, I’m determined to carry on working my usual hours as long as people need me. My immune system has been strengthened fighting the many viruses that dwell in overdamped pianos.
In the past week two customers have cancelled due to flu which is completely understandable. However, right now might be the easiest time to hire the piano tuner at short-notice as many people seem to be putting such jobs on hold. It’s certainly been a slow week for me.
On an unrelated note, I’d like to offer a sincere apology to anyone in Leeds or Bradford who has been looking for a piano tuner over the last few months. I’m currently without broadband and I haven’t been able to update my piano tuner’s availability page as regularly as I’d like to. This may have mislead some people who didn’t realise it was outdated. I’ll try to keep on top of it in future. I still have enough data on my mobile to check my emails every day for any Leeds piano tuning requests.
Outside of my piano tuning work, I’ve been producing a huge amount of my own music recently in my home studio. Here’s an uplifting power pop song I recorded over the weekend, with heavy influence from the great Bill Stevenson (in the drum tracks at least). This is the antithesis of the music I usually write, but I do love this genre:
The Leeds piano tuner would like to explain his absence. Over the Christmas break he has relocated to his home to town Sheffield to be nearer relatives – THIS WILL NOT affect his working hours or the possible range of his clientele. He will still be piano tuning in Leeds and Bradford at least four days a week. Traveling long distances is part of his job! In this day and age, a piano tuner seeking to earn a living has to be prepared to travel.
He is currently without internet access except for some monthly data on his iPhone, which allows him to respond to queries. For that reason, this blog will be updated sporadically for the foreseeable future. He has received some emails from other piano tuners who have found some of the posts on this blog informative, which has encouraged him to continue in some form, but until he has a modem and an internet connection, there won’t be as many posts.
Today I received a polite message sent to me via Piano Tuner Leeds, asking about a full replacement of broken hammer flange cords on a second hand Yamaha U1. Needless to say, this will have to be discussed with the customer before pricing is decided upon. If you ever find yourself in his situation, it is highly advised that every cord is replaced. As with many broken action parts (particularly springs, tapes and cords), the breakage of one is a sign that others will soon follow. However, I always keep some spare rolls of cords in the car for emergency repairs. At a piano tuning visit to Headingley, Leeds I was urged to make a ten minute fix at the end of the booking, as is usually the case. In this instance, only one cord on the piano had broken – much to my relief.
Another job that occasionally comes up is the replacement of bad hammer butt felts and catcher leather on upright pianos. This is particularly important on older uprights, as the material tends to harden creating annoying clicks across the piano. As with many piano tuning and repair tasks, if only one or two need to replaced it can be completed for free after your tuning. I did not start a career in piano tuning to squeeze every penny out of the customer, but I do have bills to pay. That said, I want all my piano tuning clients to feel like they’ve been given a good deal as well as a first class service.