I've had the privilege of being a piano tuner & piano technichian in the Northwest Florida & South Alabama area for more than twenty-five years. My father, Bob Pollard, learned to tune pianos from a blind man after being discharged from the Navy following World War II. I joined the Piano Technicians Guild and began studying piano tuning & technology after spending a few years as a musician while tuning pianos part time. In 1991 I had the opportunity to attend a Yamaha Piano technical school in Los Angeles, and continued my training with the PTG, aspiring to pass the exams necessary to become a Registered Piano Technician. Since that time, my family and I moved to Daphne, Alabama for four years, developing many contacts in the Mobile and Eastern Shore area. I still travel to that market once a week, but most of my clients are in Florida. We now live in Milton, Florida and are very grateful for all the churches, schools, concert venues, and individual homes who have chosen Greg Pollard, RPT to make a Joyful Noise as their Piano Tuner.
Tuning a piano is the process of tightening and loosening strings to set the proper pitch and establish musical relationships between all notes. I learned to tune a piano using a tuning fork, but the software available today allows for piano tuners to focus on unisons and stability by ear, while the computer measures the pitch and interval spacing. I use an iPad with Reyburn Cybertuner software installed.
I carry piano repair tools and parts for most field repairs with me, but refer rebuilding projects to other technicians that I trust.
ALL DAY SERVICE
We provide a complete service for grand pianos that takes all day. Every instrument is different, and it allows time to focus on the particular needs of that individual piano. Some benefit from cleaning the soundboard under the strings, most need hammer filing and voicing, and all can be improved with different aspects of regulation and lubrication.