In 1999 I found myself working at the local music store while in school studying Jazz and Classical Guitar. I had already spent a few years learning to build and repair guitars when my boss pulled me aside to asked if I wanted to learn to tune pianos. He offered to pay for my initial schooling. I had never thought of it but how could I refuse such an offer. With that began an amazing adventure that brought my two favorite worlds together: music and building.
Ever since I was little, music and working with wood have been a large part of my life. I can still hear my mother singing along with her guitar. I first tried my hand at guitar when I was twelve; G, C, and F were the first chord shapes I tried to twist my fingers into. I can also remember watching and helping my dad work on all those fixer upper houses we lived in throughout the years. I used to play with his tools and fashion all sorts of things out of wood. Like the time I made a mini model guitar.
Since Music School I have not only tuned pianos but I ran my own remodeling business; building decks, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, finishing in basements etc.
Now many years later I find myself to be the Concert Tuner for Lee University. I am a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) in the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG). I have services pianos for the all local piano dealers and I am a full service Technician, meaning I can take care of everything you might need done to your piano. The truth is, I love my job, my customers, and meeting new faces; but more than all of that I love helping you discover the full potential your piano has to offer.
Your Piano Technician,
Daniel Achten, Owner