I've been a full time piano technician for over 40 years and I have to admit, it's a great job! I have come to take it for granted for the most part but every once in a while it occurs to me how lucky I am to be around musical instruments all day long. The piano in particular is a marvel of mechanical engineering. It is without a doubt the most complex stringed instrument in the world. A piano technician has to be able to tune, repair and restore the finest (and most expensive) pianos as well as the most fragile family heirlooms and even the "free to a good home" practice piano, all with the same goal in mind, to bring out the best that that particular piano is capable of. That is my goal.
BIO: Thomson Lawrie has been a full time piano tuner/technician living in the Niagara Peninsula and serving the Niagara region and the Golden Horseshoe for over 40 years. He was active in the Toronto chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild as a registered technician member for 18 years. Besides tuning for a number of concert series, churches and piano teachers, he also provides service for a several piano dealers.
The following is a partial list of GTA clients past and present ...
Kingsway Piano Service, Toronto - Toronto Music Group, Mississauga - Lillico's World of Pianos, The Music Stand, Merriam Music, Oakville Ontario - Pianohouse Burlington, Lakeshore Music (now operating as Long & McQuade), Baldwin Studios, The Music Stand, Burington - Costello's Music, Dundas - Dean's Music Centre, The Ivory Touch Piano Co., Baldwin Studios, The Music Stand, Hamilton Ontario - Parkwood Pianos, Jordan Ontario - Niko Music Gallery, McBride Piano House in St Catharines( together these two stores make up 17 years experience with new Yamaha Pianos)
Thomson has also provided piano tuning & service for The Shaw Festival, Ridley College, Brock University, Niagara Concerts, The Bradley Institute, Grimsby Music Series, several recording studios, many piano teachers and performs over 100 piano tunings on church pianos every year.
Of course, the majority of Thomson's piano clients are piano students and private homes and he would be happy to hear from you about your piano.