Hello, I am here to help you become the Maestro (musical master) on your own piano; one that sings and is easy to play. So, here is how I got to where I am today, where you are at the center of everything I do.
Ever since I was little, music and working with wood have been a large part of my life. Every morning I would wake up to my mother’s beautiful singing accompanied by her guitar. 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.
In 1999 I found myself working at a local music store, the Baldwin dealer, while in school studying Jazz and Classical Guitar at Christopher Newport University. I had already spent a few years learning to build and repair guitars with Isle of White Instrument Co., when my boss pulled me aside and asked if I would like to learn how to tune pianos. How could I refuse! He then paid for me to get certified with the American School of Piano Tuning. I immediately fell in love with tuning and repairing pianos and became the in-house technician. Eventually, I also began working with the local Yamaha dealer and started building my own business.
In 2012 I moved to Chattanooga and began building my piano business here. I joined the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) and passed their grueling exams to become a Register Piano Technician (RPT). For 5 years I serviced Pianos for the local Steinway Dealer, Summit Pianos, and then for the Yamaha Dealer, Bill Jones Music, until they closed their doors. I am now the Concert Tuner/Technician for Lee University and service many other great institutions and wonderful household clients.
Since Music School I have not only tuned pianos, but I ran my own remodeling business and built my own house and log cabin. I love working with wood and musical instruments and I am here to support all Maestros by offering concert quality service to all pianists so you can enjoy creating music from your own piano, suitable for a Maestro.
Your Piano Technician,
Daniel Achten, RPT and Owner