Anthony Willey began tuning pianos in 2001 with a tuning lever and fork, some mutes, a book, and a lesson from the family piano tuner. Beginning in 2006 he underwent 4 years of training at the Brigham Young University piano shop under Keith Kopp, RPT, and James Busby, RPT. Anthony went on to pass the RPT tuning and technical certification examinations himself, becoming a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild. Although Anthony began—and passed the PTG tuning exam—as an aural tuner, he now tunes using combination of professional piano tuning software and aural checks.
Anthony also holds a Masters degree in physics from Brigham Young University, and has 25 years of experience as a classical musician, playing and teaching multiple instruments including the string bass, violin and piano. He also designed and built a fully functional harpsichord. He has tuned for various artists, including The Piano Guys, Peter Breinholt, and The 5 Browns.
In 2013 Anthony and his wife Brittany moved to Seattle, where they play in the volunteer Ensign Symphony. Brittany is an accomplished violin teacher and is working toward a PhD in psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Anthony is an avid physics geek and part-time inventor whose most recent project was to build a 3D printer.
19232 15th Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
Tuning: A full tuning includes everything needed to get a piano in tune and working, which may include a "pitch raise" and/or minor repairs, such as fixing sticky keys, misaligned hammers, and annoying buzzes.
Regulation: Making sure the parts of the piano work together properly. This will improve the feel of the piano, increase control and response, and eliminate problems like double-hitting hammers, non-working dampers, sticking keys, etc.
Repairs: This can involve fixing or replacing anything that is broken or missing, including key ivories, pedals, screws, hammers, strings, keys, action parts, hinges, knobs, etc.
Refurbishment: Includes replacing old worn felt, replacing hinge pins for hammers and action parts, replacing hammers or dampers, installing new keytops, restringing, etc.
Voicing: Modifying a piano's hammers to achieve a better tone (often via softening the felt or reshaping the hammers).