Iain Gordon

Piano Services Ltd.

WELCOME

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

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Steinway Piano Sales

I try to carry a small stock of very carefully selected serviced and rebuilt Steinway grand pianos for sale. I am always happy to give advice on buying new or used instruments…
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Piano Restoration / Servicing

The restoration process is a highly labour intensive operation, and the technical work alone can take around twenty or so days depending on the make of piano and extent of work...
Piano Tuning & Toning

Piano Tuning Toning / Voicing

All pianos require tuning from time to time and for a variety of reasons. Humidity, temperature, usage and general settling all play a part in determining how stable a piano tuning remains...

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Steinway’s at Henry Wood Hall

Steinway’s at Henry Wood Hall

  Early in January 2024 was the first recording session of the year on one of my Steinway’s at Henry Wood Hall for composer Thomas ...
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Steinway B

Restoration of a Steinway B

Here are a couple timelapse videos of me stringing a Steinway B from 1969 as part of the restoration process and something we do on ...
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STEINWAY B FOR SALE

Rebuilt Steinway B For Sale

This beautiful Steinway B in fiddleback mahogany is, without a doubt, one of the finest examples I have ever seen or worked on. A pianist ...
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Steinway D Grand piano

Steinway D at Henry Wood Hall

I first met Benjamin Grosvenor when he was a shy 15 year old and his dream then was to become a concert pianist. Well here ...
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Testimonials

5/5

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

Clive Bush

Emeritus Professor of American Literature King’s College London
5/5

“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 & Charles Strickland Managers

Henry Wood Hall
5/5

Thank you so much for making my piano sound so wonderful.

I chanced upon your web site and read about voicing etc. I felt a bit out of the ‘Steinway’ league being a novice pianist.

All I can say is that it has been the best money I have ever spent in getting you to voice and service my piano. It now sounds absolutely fabulous and I cannot believe how magnificent it plays (even though I am still a beginner). You have also completely sorted out the sustain issue.

To anyone who has a piano and whatever your level of ability, I would urge you to get Iain to look at it. I cannot describe the enhancement he has given to my piano and everyone who has heard it feels the same. Do not assume, like I did that the new piano you buy is the best it can be.

As you said to me when I expressed such surprise at what you had done in a few hours: ‘Any piano can be made to sound better’.

Thank you again so much and I will see you shortly in a few months when you come to tune it again!

You are a genius!

Kind Regards

Steve Metcalf

Dr.

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