Houston
Piano Tuning



Tuning Sample (MP3)


Artist Jason James
"Classical Gas" (Into the Light)
Recorded at 8th Note Productions
Kawai EX 9' Concert Grand

 

*IMPORTANT: Please click on "piano pitch raise" and "piano tuning stability" for more information on this subject, or visit the Piano Technicians Guild, www.ptg,org.


Excellent piano tunings, reasonable prices, helping customers make wise choices with their piano dollars.

Piano Services:

  • Tuning
  • Regulation & Voicing
  • In-home Repairs

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About
Leslie Bartlett

Leslie Bartlett tuning at Jones Hall



            Service FEES:                             
 Basic Tuning: $150, includes tax

 Pitch  Raise and tuning $200                                         includes tax

Work Beyond Tuning: Billed at $75 per additional hour
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           Please, if you wish to contact me, DO NOT go through secureserver.net.  Most of those ended up in Junk Mail somehow, and many of them were scammers.  Please use my contact email on my contact page..

PLEASE NOTE:  I am presently being treated with encouraging results for cancer. I may be a little slower, take longer to schedule tunings.  Sorry to inconvenience you and me as well. So the deal is I'm old and slow, but my tunings still equal the standards of the concert tunings listed below.

  I have tuned tuned the majority of Houston's concert venues, most, numerous times.  Concert venues are listed below. I maintain an active clientele of private customers with pianos varying from concert instruments to the most modest of home pianos, churches,Colleges, and numerous organizations as well, including many years for the Chopin International Piano Competition. I spend many hours teaching clients about their pianos as machines, how they age, what value there is in regular maintenance, how to search for pianos and know they are finding quality instruments.  For these extra hours I do NOT charge if I am already on premises and involved with the piano;

From both the standards and the pressure of concert tuning, my most valuable lesson is that pianos in homes deserve more attention than they get both from tuners and owners. (A cry from technicians, dealers, and even at national conventions is that the majority of people neglect their piano maintenance and thus I work from referrals and folks who find me in various other ways.)When told "We only want a basic tune-up; we aren't concert pianists," my reply is always that I only know one standard for tuning, that being the very best I can do. People who wish well tuned pianos must maintain them regularly,  before they begin to sound  badly. To the left of my picture is a box asking you to read a bit about pitch raising and stability in tuning. For more than twenty years I have relied on referrals and my web site for clients. After several years calling and writing only to be told the piano still sounds fine, I decided I would either become good enough to work from referrals or would not be in the business. So I rely on my high quality work and recommendations from clients who have been pleased with my work to produce a consistently modest business.

PLEASE visit other pages on this site. The Links page, especially offers sites which contribute a great deal of useful information about pianos in general, enabling the customer to be more informed and critical about the quality of work s/he receives.

In 1997 I completed examinations with the PIANO TECHNICIANS GUILD (PTG) to become one of a relatively small number of local Registered Piano Technicians. I have held most chapter offices multiple years, and  taught at the local, state, and national levels.

 I  earned a master’s degree in vocal performance in 1976, pursuing a full time career in church music until 1993 when I entered Houston Community College completing a two year program in piano technology in one year. I have  completed the Yamaha, "Little Red Schoolhouse" and the Shigeru Kawai school, both for concert technicians in the areas of regulation and voicing..  I tuned Katy School district for ten years, and have done the same for Houston Community College Central. I tune several large churches with major concert venues and instruments. I also have sent several singers to college on vocal scholarships.

I serve southern  Cypres, Friendswood, Fulshear, Houston (West of I-45), Katy, Missouri City, Pearland, Richmond-Rosenburg, Sienna Plantation, Simonton, Stafford, and Sugarland, Downtown, Heights, Spring Branch and most other multiplex areas. .(Larger distances will incur charges to compensate for time, tolls and extra miles.)  I'm old, slow, meticulous, and even with severely neglected pianos attempt to leave them sounding quite decent after the first visit.

Professional Credits:

Singer/Pianists:

Concert Tunings Include:

  • Houston Symphony Orchestra,
  • Toyota Center,
  • KUHF Chamber Ensemble,
  • Chamber Music Society of Houston,
  • Houston Chamber Orchestra,
  • Conroe Symphony,
  • Vienna Boys Choir,
  • United Nations Association Choir,
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion,
  • Hobby Center for Performing Arts
  • George R. Brown Center
  • Wortham Center
  • The Centrum
  • The Stratford Center
  • Texas Southern University,
  • University of Houston,
  • Houston Community Campuses (3)
  • Fort Bend, Cypress-Fairbanks, Katy ISD (retired after 10 as district tuner, and is still contracted  for special events) , and
  • Houston Independent School Districts.
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