AMH Pianos – Where Music Meets Engineering

AMH Pianos is a London based Piano tuning, repairs and removal company by experienced local business owner. In this article we have got owner of AMH Pianos to share with us how he got started and what made him move to London and service local community in this buzzing city in United Kingdom.

Here you go from Andy’d own words…

Andy-HowardMy name is Andy Howard and I recently started AMH Pianos following relocation to London. Having qualified in 1992 as a Dip. AEWVH accredited Piano Tuner/Technician from the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford, I have extensive work experience with a number of organisations covering all types and aspects of pianos.  Whilst the physicality of my work was extensively covered during my studies, it has taken me years of experience to understand and master the complex science that underpins the construction and functionality of a piano.  Needless to say that anyone who gains experience of their skill becomes better at it with time.

As a traditionally trained London Piano tuner, I use tuning forks to gage and adjust the alterations in the instrument’s pitch.  Not only has this provided ample training for my hearing, it is also a good example of resonance in practice.  Adjusting for the correct pitch i.e. resonant frequency is a prerequisite for tuning a piano who’s internals are affected by a fluctuation in moisture and temperature.  Given that Britain is a cold country, on a higher latitude, there are seasonal variations, causing extreme temperature gradients.  To complicate matters further, the presence of radiators and central heating with intermittent running times can all affect a piano’s sound in the long run.  Therefore a good piano tuner/technician will always account for the difference in sound caused by thermal expansion and contraction of the material.

AMH-PianosWhilst it is possible to read and understand the science behind acoustics, resonance and thermodynamics, it is an expert craft to provide each individually unique piano that attention and care that will allow the creation of great sounding personal music. Certainly, my customers are often interested in the finer details of what my work specifically involves. If asked about the specifics of what I do, I try and explain as best as possible to interested people what is necessary for great sound and I do it with a smile. I feel that with greater knowledge, I may be able to allow someone to create even better, more personal music, which is ultimately my end goal. Please get in touch if I could help you become more involved in making great music yourself.

AMH Pianos, Tel: 07500 661581 Email: andy@tuningpianos.co.uk or find us on Social Media and how we work in London, United Kingdom.