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"  Please read numerous articles. For still more information on this subject, 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:                             
 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 end up in Junk Mail somehow, and most were scammers.  Please use my contact email on my contact page..

  I have tuned tuned the majority of Houston's concert venues, most, numerous times, many 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 several years for the Chopin International Piano Competition. I spend 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.

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.. (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 because good tuning is very precise and little variation is allowed to maintain stability.  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  Houston Community College Central for about the same. 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 Cypress.south of 249, Friendswood, Fulshear, Houston (West of I-45), Katy, Missouri City, Pearland, Richmond-Rosenburg, Sienna Plantation, Simonton, Stafford, Sugarland, Downtown, Heights, Spring Branch and limited others. .(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. I am 71, and do considerably fewer tunings than I used to, limited somewhat by medical issues, and Houston Traffic.  But I still would be comfortable tuning the likes of Jones Hall.

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 am still contracted  for special events) , and
  • Houston Independent School Districts.
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