Piano Technicians

Guy Ward was the president of the Ward Piano Company, located in Canton, North Carolina, from the 1940s until his retirement.  After his daughter and son took over the company, he continued to go into the shop every day even at the time of his 2013 NAMM Oral History interview when he was 89!  As...
Bill Brandom enjoyed playing piano as a kid and was even voted “most musical” in high school.  He later was given a book on piano tuning, which changed his life because he realized it would be his passion.  He attended a piano tuning school and opened his own shop in Kansas City before being asked...
DW Caffey was very young when he found himself enamored with the piano.  In 1940, when he was just fifteen years old, DW taught himself how to tune pianos.  He read a book and asked an old time tuner a few questions and was soon hired by a music store.  He worked for several piano stores in...
Robert Walker worked for the retail stores of the Baldwin Piano Company.  He was located in the San Francisco store but later traveled the western states repairing and adjusting organs as they arrived in the stores.  While the retail arm of Baldwin did not last, the ideas created in the stores were...
Lucien Hut dedicated his entire career to teaching, selling, restoring and designing the piano!  As a retailer he established Pianos International in Colorado.  He later moved to Montana where he taught at the university for several years.  His interest and involvement in music began when he...
Elmer Reeder and his brother purchased a sawmill outside of Lansing, Michigan, right after World War II.  It was during that time that Elmer became an expert in wood, an important part of his career years later.  When his son, Jim, opened a piano shop and retail store called James Reeder Piano,...
James Reeder is the piano technician who formed James Reeder Piano in Lansing, Michigan, as both a repair and retail business.  With a strong background in the restoration of pianos, Jim sought to hire top craftsmen to create the best service possible.  Among those he hired was his father, who had...
David Horine opened a small piano store in Bloomington, Illinois in the 1980s.  David became a piano technician and gathered a nice reputation for tuning and repairs before he decided to open his own retail store.  He found in short order that his customers were eager to try new models of the...
Jack Wyatt is well known in the piano industry as the historian of the Piano Technicians Guild. In fact, when the PTG opened a museum in their home office in Kansas City, MO, Jack was there to take on the project of telling the important story of the organization’s contribution to the industry....
Ben McKlveen had a very colorful life as a service man during World War II and a piano technician who cared for the instruments of many top performers and orchestras. He played oboe in the military band before serving in George Patton’s Third Army and traveled straight across Germany with Patton....

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