North College Park
South Lake Union
Pike Place Market
Se habla español
Speaks Japanese & Spanish
GINNY BEAR, RPT, piano tuner and technician, offers on-site piano tuning and repair in the Seattle, Washington area. Her hybrid tuning technique uses traditional ear tuning methods combined with an electronic tuning device. She has worked on pianos ranging from Acrosonics to Wurlitzers, from spinets to concert grands, and she enjoys the great variety of pianos that have been crafted in over 300 years of their existence.
Registered Piano Technician,
Randy Potter School of Piano Technology, and the
Steve Brady Apprenticeship Program
Active musician; member
Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle.
Blog: Late Summer 2016
Clients and Pianos Coming to America
More than a few of my clients are originally from other countries. I enjoy seeing their cultures blending with American culture, as their children (usually) work on learning the useful skills of playing piano.
Did you know the majority of new pianos are now being made in China? Like Japan's early pianos decades earlier, the first ones weren't impressive, but quality has improved over the years. You might not even know your piano wasn't made in the United States or Europe, but there is a long tradition in the industry of buying old piano manufacturer names, and using them on entirely different pianos. If you're curious about your piano, you can ask me to look it up in the Pierce Piano Atlas I carry in my tuning kit, when I come to service your piano.
See Archives for previous Blog entries.
Buying a Used Piano?
Thinking about buying a piano on Craig's List (or elsewhere)?
Save yourself from the disappointment of a piano that's untunable or has
expensive problems. I'll do a purchase evaluation for $75. This could also apply to a used piano in
a piano shop. Save yourself some money/disappointment in the long
run! This deal does not appy to all pianos, give me a call and we'll see if it applies to the one you're considering.
Piano technicians do not often offer discounts, but Bear Piano
Services does: the Neighborhood Discount. Two or more
pianos tuned the same day in the same neighborhood qualify you for a
$10 discount. Call with dates that will work for you and your
neighbors, and I will find a date that works for us all.
425-765-3514 or 206-406-5576
(both go to the same place,
if one number is long distance
for you, try the other one)
Mason & Hamlin
Kohler & Campbell
Kranich & Bach
Story & Clark
Parlor or Living
Yes, I accept