Justin Elliott is the master piano technician at J. Elliott & Co. At the age of 15, he became the apprentice to the late master piano technician and rebuilder, Susan Graham, who was also renowned for authoring countless technical piano articles. While excelling as Susan’s apprentice, Justin was introduced to the Yamaha Corporation, where he became the youngest piano technician, at that time, to complete all of the United States Yamaha technician training. He has since been honored to be the piano technician for many piano enthusiasts, artists, and recording studios. He continues to challenge the traditional piano world with custom piano designs and unique piano servicing techniques. Some of the basic piano services that we offer include tuning, voicing, regulation, Yamaha Disklavier maintenance, full piano prep, and assisting in buying or selling a piano. We also travel all over the country to provide piano services to our clients.
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recordings & events
One of our specialties include prepping pianos for recording sessions and special events. For a recording session, open communication with the pianist and audio engineers is crucial. We pride ourselves on being able to transform the piano into an instrument that conveys the emotion and feeling of the artist. This might include a simple prep and tuning day of, or staying for the whole session to jump in between takes to touch up the piano. For a concert, gala or special event, pianos are prepped for the rehearsal/sound check and again after the rehearsal/sound check. We call this our "concert prep." It consists of speaking with the pianist to understand what his/her preferences are, checking all piano legs for proper installation, regulating the pedal lyre, seating the strings, checking the plate, tuning to A440 (or desired pitch), a light regulation, and voicing the piano (creating desired tonal color). Once the first round of concert prep and sound check is complete, we confirm that the piano is to the pianist's liking and do another tuning along with light regulation. Click HERE to contact us for your event.
Restoring pianos has been a cornerstone of this family business. From a Steinway & Sons concert grand to a family heirloom piano pasted down from generation to generation, we pride ourselves in keeping a piano's history alive. We not only renovate the piano, but modify it according to the client's preferences. A piano's action has over 10,000 moving parts constructed out of several different species of wood, metal, felt, leather and plastic. With normal age and use these parts become worn and may need to be replaced. Complete piano restoration services can include case repair, refinishing, new soundboard, new bridges, new strings, restringing, new keyboard, new action, new back action, and new dampers to name a few.
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We have worked for some outstanding artists and pianists over the years. Just to name a few, see below. Click HERE for our full artist ledger.