Hi there. I’m Peter Estep. I am the sole proprietor of Estep Piano.
Perhaps the two most common questions I am asked are “Why, and how, did you become a piano tuner?”
(1) The How…
Actually, I was a piano technician-rebuilder for quite a while before I learned and mastered competent tuning. I started out in 1975 as an apprentice under a third generation technician named Robert Foreman in a rebuilding shop in Tampa, FL. There, I learned all the necessary skills to rebuild and restore all types of pianos, including refinishing, replacement of wrestplanks, re-stringing and, action restoration & replacement. Our specialty at the time was vacuüm player and reproducing pianos.
(2) The Why…
I give a lot of credit to my Father for his encouragement. He stated to me:
“You will always have work and enjoy self-employment.”
That sounded fascinating! He was a chemical engineer who grew tired of working for the corporate establishment and was very supportive of my pursuit of the trade. That was almost 40 years ago.
Since then, I have continually worked to provide the best service possible. My career has encompassed practically every area of piano work imaginable and, after a brief hiatus from shop operations, I have recently opened a new facility offering full services again.
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