Welcome to my website.
I hope over the following pages you will get an accurate insight into the services I can offer and should you decide to contact me, I will do my utmost to advise and help you with your individual needs and requirements.
I am an independent Steinway & Sons trained Piano Tuner/Technician specialising in the servicing, rebuilding, tuning and toning of fine German grand pianos, and with 30 years experience, you can be assured of the highest levels of craftsmanship.
My love of music began as a boy when I got my first guitar, piano came soon after when I was 13 years old…my first piano had notes which wouldn’t work and that’s when I got the bug…and here I am 40 years later still regularly preparing Steinway pianos for some of the finest musicians in the world.
I live in Lee, South London, and have a workshop in Greenwich, South-East London, I am available for work throughout the UK and internationally.
Please contact me if you have a Steinway grand piano for sale, I always have customers waiting for good Steinway pianos to restore and service. Currently I particularly need Steinway A, O, B and D grands.
My work as a piano technician includes all aspects of piano servicing, from tuning and check-over, to servicing on site, which can be between one and five days, and full grand piano restoration at the workshop, which is around four to six weeks work.
I am resident technician at London’s Henry Wood Hall where I look after the Steinway concert grand pianos which are used by top pianists and all the major orchestras on a daily basis for recording and rehearsals. The newest Steinway D here No 501630 circa 1986 was brought up to top condition in May’09 with a new Steinway Hamburg action. This piano is proving to be very popular and it's not unusual for artists to select this piano in preferance to a brand new Steinway. It has been used on many recordings for EMI, Sony, Hyperion and others. It is also available for occasional hire by special arrangement with Henry Wood Hall. I also do regular work at London’s Southbank centre on their fleet of seven Steinway concert grands.
My own particular passion is for Steinway grand pianos, the quality of tone and responsive touch and feel all make for me the ultimate piano. I try to keep a small stock of very carefully selected Steinway grand pianos for sale. Please see the Steinway Piano Sales page.
Re-polishing can also be arranged.
Testimonial from Henry Wood Hall
Iain Gordon seems to have achieved an unusually high level of accomplishment in the field of piano servicing and voicing. Since fitting a new action to our 25 year old Steinway D it has been used regularly by many of the Worlds finest pianists. The remarks and feedback have been almost 100% positive and to name a few, Andras Schiff loves it, Manny Ax wanted to take it on tour, Murray Perahia sat down to warm up and didn’t get up for 30 minutes, when his rehearsal time was over he stayed in the hall and continued practicing…clear approval!!
As Simon Perry director of Hyperion Records says, it’s unusual to find such a good resident piano in a recording venue and especially one that top artists are happy to use!!
Well done Iain!
Andrew Stevens and Charles Strickland
Managers, Henry Wood Hall
Testimonial from pianist Martin Jones
Iain Gordon has just completed work on my Steinway Model C. For a very reasonable price he replaced the action, upper strings and regulated, toned and overhauled the entire piano. I am so pleased with the result I now think that the piano had never been set up properly!!! Thanks to his meticulously careful work, I now have what feels and sounds like a brand new Steinway. I shall have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone. Many thanks
Fine grand pianos and Steinway grand pianos in particular are the stuff of dreams. I recently had an ex-student of the Royal College of Music wanting to buy a Steinway grand piano and asked if he could see an example of my work. I put him in touch with the person who wrote me this email and now they have spoken again. Please see the Testimonials page for more.
Grahame called last night and was on the phone for about half an hour--waxing strong in delirious delight over the you, the Steinway and what you've done with it. A man in a trance which is how it should be.
Still he was talking to someone who's been through it so to speak and I sat and smiled while I recognised all the same emotions. He was too excited to remember to talk about piano stools but if he calls again I'll let him know of course. In the meantime I'm still absolutely entranced with mine and working hard for Claire's lesson once a fortnight. Feel I've seriously made progress and that's been inspired of course by the piano. It seems to be able to accommodate the range from Bach to Bartok. It's been almost 3 months since the last tuning and it's holding extraordinarily well.
See you soon