Stephen Thomas Piano Tuner
What is a Registered Tuner/Technician?
Pianoforte Tuners' Association registered tuners have had to pass an approved examination to show their capability to carry out tuning and repairs. Technicians similarly have qualified for rebuilding, major overhaul, string making, action design or other aspects of the piano industry.

Your PTA Registered Tuner should be able to advise you on many aspects of owning a piano, such as:

  • playing comfort - affected by the regulation of the action, the height of the keys from the floor, or the height of the pedals
  • special piano castors
  • changing your piano
  • accessories: piano lamp, stool, metronome

Pianoforte Tuners' Association

The Pianoforte Tuners' Association was founded in 1913 as a trade union, but was de-registered in 1972 to become a professional body.

Since then its membership has gradually grown, proclaiming its commitment to improving standards, to the extent that since 1975 all applicants for membership must pass a theoretical and practical examination to prove their ability as qualified tuners or technicians.

For many years the Association was firmly based in London, however, since 1981 an Annual Convention and General Meeting has been held in different towns throughout Great Britain, to which all classes of membership and aspiring non-members are invited so they may learn new techniques and hone their skills.