I hope over the following pages you will get a full insight into the services I can offer.
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 40years experience you can be assured of the highest levels of craftsmanship. Based in south 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 who want good Steinway pianos.
My work as Piano Technician
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. Re-polishing can also be arranged.
I am resident technician at London’s Henry Wood Hall where I look after the Steinway concert grands which are used by visiting artists and all the major orchestras on a daily basis for recordings and rehearsals. The newest Steinway D here No 501630 from 1986 has been used on many recordings for EMI, Sony, Hyperion, Deutsche Grammophon and others. We also have the use of a 1935 Steinway D restored by me which is something a little different from a new piano, a different vintage. I’m also service contract holder at Trinity Laban conservatoire and also worked for twelve years at London’s Southbank Centre backing up and standing in for the contract holder in the preparation of their fleet of Steinway Ds. Concert and recording work consists largely of fine tuning and voicing checks and occasional adjustments to refine regulation. It’s all about keeping the pianos working at their optimum.
I try to keep a small stock of very carefully selected Steinway grand pianos for sale. Please see the Steinway Piano Sales page.
Some of the venues I have worked
Steinway Piano Sales
Piano Restoration / Servicing
Piano Tuning Toning / Voicing
Iain Gordon who rebuilt my historic 1913 Hamburg Steinway O grand is a master-craftsman who lives for his trade. In a throw away culture where to accept less than the best is promoted by confident marketing and meretricious publicity, Iain is one of the few who practices a craft in which there are no compromises. A piano is as good as its last tuning and maintenance. Iain not only rebuilds and restores with infinite care, but he takes on a good piano as a member of his family. It is a very personal thing, and a source also of personal pride. A relation ensues in which player, craftsman and the music itself sustain each other in the service of art
When the ceiling fell in (literally) on my 1900 Steinway, Iain Gordon restored it to a standard I never anticipated. The concern for detail has been very impressive indeed, and the instrument now sounds quite literally sweeter and more cultured than I have ever known it.
Over many years I have sought a piano technician who really cares, who can fix those little niggling problems, who can advise on piano mechanics and the possibilities of improvement in my pianos – and who will tune them as perfectly as it is possible to do it. To find all these skills in one piano technician is very difficult but Iain Gordon has them all. He is totally reliable, thorough, patient, passionate about the subject – something we all share as musicians – and brilliant.
His charges are reasonable and certainly justified – and his aftercare is second to none.
I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone with a piano they love and use. Iain Gordon can maintain it to its highest potential.