I’m currently wintering in Israel, offering piano tuning and repair services in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Galilee, also the rest of the country (please enquire).
I’m also taking bookings for piano work in London from the beginning of April. Please note that if your piano has just been moved you’d get better value if you let the piano settle for a couple of months prior any tuning and regulation work. This is because although the initial move won’t affect it much, after a few weeks in a different environment the change in humidity and temperature can shrink or swell the wooden components, and you might need it tuned again. This is especially relevant at this time of year when the heating’s on.
Welcome, my name’s Richard Roberts and I offer piano restoration, repair and tuning services in the London area. I specialise in home visits to old pianos that have been neglected for many years.
Please note that I no longer offer regular piano tuning or concert tuning services, I now work exclusively on pianos that have been neglected for many years. I normally follow up on this kind of job with a more regular tune up perhaps a year later, to make sure all the work has held true. After that I begin to loose interest.
I’ve been maintaining pianos in London for over ten years, and previously in Oxford and Portsmouth for ten years before that.
I have no fixed abode but I’m normally in Central London where I cycle to work, I also cycle to clients further afield in Greater London and the Thames Valley.
I learnt my trade from my father Marcus Roberts in Oxford, who specialises in the sale and restoration of the finest pianos in the world – you can browse his stock at www.robertspianos.com. His father was a music teacher, his grandfather was a piano tuner, and I’m grateful that in turn he also taught me how to work with pianos from a very young age.
Since early 2011 I’ve been conducting an interesting lifestyle experiment: I live outdoors. This means that I just go to sleep wherever I happen to be at the end of the day, and involves sleeping ‘rough’ by default but occasionally staying over with friends or family. I’m doing this for practical, environmental and economical reasons and I’m thoroughly enjoying it – you can read more about my lifestyle on my Lifestyle page.
Please note that I do shower everyday, I don’t have any dogs, I don’t smoke, and I’m not addicted to anything except English breakfast tea and my mum’s home-made fruitcake.
Rates & Bookings
I charge £50 per hour all inclusive so the total will depend on the current condition of your piano and your requirements. If your piano has not been tuned and serviced for several years it could take several hours to put right, but I’ll be able to give you an estimate when I see the piano, then you can decide how much work you want me to do.
When I arrive at a piano that I’ve never seen before I inspect it thoroughly for about twenty minutes then provide a quote. There’s no charge for the inspection, and if you’re satisfied I’ll stay on and complete the work in the same visit (please allow enough time for this).
Despite living outdoors my visit is no different from a piano tuner that lives in a house except that I might hang my sleeping bag on a chair to dry if it’s damp before attending to your piano. I might also charge my mobile phone.
To arrange an appointment please fill in the form below providing as much information as possible so that I can estimate roughly how much work is involved.