The PianoCraft journey started 50 years ago with the idea that there were better ways to approach the tuning and service of pianos. From the very beginning, what drove PianoCraft was the understanding that each piano has its own unique voice, each client has their own needs and requirements, and the price of the piano isn’t the only determining factor of its potential to perform.
The next major milestone in the PianoCraft journey came in 2001, when concert pianist Shaun Tirrell, and pianist/composer Keith Kerman became majority owners. They began the transformation process to make PianoCraft what it has become today.
Keith and Shaun brought with them a deep and personal understanding of the exacting performance needs of concert pianists, recording engineers, concert halls, institutions, and teaching studios. Regardless of level or budget, piano students and enthusiasts of all ages would now have access to the same resources that were previously only available to concert pianists and recording artists.
The PianoCraft shop has grown to become a world class rebuilding facility, known not only for using the best materials and craftsmanship, but for having an equally uncompromising focus and insight into the piano’s performance. Everything can now be done in house, including the crafting of new soundboards, complete action work, and better than factory quality refinishing work. Unique in the rebuilding and restoration business, PianoCraft has developed develop technical standards previously only available in the most expensive new pianos.
PianoCraft now offers an extensive collection of the finest new, pre-owned, and rebuilt pianos including Steinways from every era, Steingraeber & Söhne, Baldwin and Estonia and many others. Word spread quickly, and PianoCraft pianos would soon be found in the homes of major Juilliard piano faculty, at Lincoln Center in New York, at museums like the Smithsonian and the Phillips Collection and at important institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks, Strathmore Hall, Shriver Hall and the Kennedy Center.
While PianoCraft takes a great deal of pride in the demand for its services by famous artists, museums and concert halls, we have come to appreciate that the best part of our journey is our ability to help every piano enthusiast. From the budding new student on a tight budget, to the most experienced pianist looking for the piano of their dreams, our journey has taught us that each piano has its own unique voice, each client has their own perspective and every pianist has a vision of their perfect piano.
And so the PianoCraft journey continues…