In addition to tuning and repairing pianos all over Vancouver Island, I also have a busy piano technician supply business. Through this business, I have come to know thousands of top-notch piano technicians all over the world. This includes my friends and colleagues at Erwin’s Piano Restoration, in Modesto, California. http://www.erwinspiano.com/
A long-time dream of mine is to rebuild and restore two of my historic pianos. They are unique instruments that I brought from Europe many years ago. The first is an 1872 Ed.Westermayer piano, a 6 foot grand piano in a rosewood case. Although this name is not well known, this is a revolutionary piano in it’s design and it’s engineering, which was well ahead of it’s time.
The second instrument is a 1920’s Popper player piano. This piano comes with a complete “orchestrian”, which is a whole group of instruments in a box on top of the piano, which also play off the player piano rolls.
This September I had the great priviledge of going to Modesto to work at rebuilding these instruments with my colleagues at Eriwn’s piano. I was there for about 10 days, and it was a dream come true to be focusing all my energy, training, and experience on these beautiful instruments. I thank my good friends for letting me work with them in one of the best piano rebuilding shops in the United States.
We even managed to get away for a day at Yosemite National Park on the weekend. Here’s a picture of Dale Erwin and myself enjoying the views!