About Lincoln Piano Centre
John is a fully qualified Piano Tuner and Technician who has been in the piano trade for some forty years, originally completing a five-year full Craft Apprenticeship in all aspects of piano tuning, restoration and repair. He is a renowned concert standard technician, whose tuning has been described as “perfect” by no less than the great John Lill.
John gained vast knowledge and experience in the 1980s through working with a number of piano firms on a sub-contract basis, followed by seven years of employment by local authorities tuning and maintaining school pianos. First he worked as a Technician for Nottinghamshire and then as Senior Piano Technician for the London Borough of Redbridge.
In 1990 John took up the post of lecturer on the Piano Tuning and Repair Course at Newark College: – a unique department with an international reputation, founded in 1972 for training Piano Technicians. He subsequently ran the department as Course Tutor from 1997, and has trained numerous piano technicians currently working in both the UK and overseas.
Josh is a fully qualified Piano Tuner and Technician who, like his father, trained in all aspects of piano tuning, restoration and repair. Along with his full Craft Apprenticeship, he also holds Certificate of Musical Instrument Technology qualifications and the Newark College Diploma. Here he graduated top of his class, winning the Bluthner Cup Award for the highest marks in final examination. The Director of Music at Lincoln Cathedral recently described a concert piano he had prepared as “one of the most in-tune pianos” he had ever heard.
Josh commenced learning piano tuning and repair at the age of fourteen and specialises in high quality piano restoration work, including restringing, action repairs, and full piano rebuilding.
Alongside his workshop and tuning activities, in 2009 Josh became Manager of the Piano Centre, overseeing the day to day running of the business. In 2012 he became a part-time lecturer on the Piano Tuning and Repair Course at Newark College. He too has trained many practicing Piano Technicians who have successfully gone on to self-employment or working with companies, including Steinway and Yamaha for example.