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Piano tuning, repairs, rebuilding and consultations for Olympia and surrounding areas. Quality pre-owned pianos for students and professionals.

Our Mission:

To inspire music making in the home by promoting the care and enjoyment of the acoustic piano, connecting clients with teachers, and offering high-quality pre-owned pianos for sale. 

Find a Piano!

We maintain an inventory of hand selected, clean and affordable pianos to help you express yourself musically and creatively.  Have a lead on a piano on Craigslist or from a co-worker? We do pre-purchase checks! In many cases we can move the piano and blow the dust and debris out before it arrives in your home. Challenging move? Use one of our prefered piano movers. 

Fix your piano!

Maybe your old clunker is a diamond in the rough! Many older instruments are working far below their potential. We love putting new life back into vintage pianos. The results can often be comparable to a new high-quality piano. Schedule a consultation and we’ll go through your piano with a no-pressure evaluation and help you make a decision that is right for you.

Find a teacher!

We maintain the most complete list of piano teachers in the Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater area.  We have developed a very close relationship with the Olympia Music Teachers Association. (Ryan is currently serving on their Board of Directors).  We’d love to connect you with a qualified teacher!

Stay inspired!

Visit our resources link and go down a rabbit hole of great sites and articles. Attend Yale University’s Music 112 on Youtube for free! Read current consumer information on new pianos. Form your own piano club. Find tools and information for the do-it-yourselfer.

Our Training

Technician Ryan Sowers has received 130 hours of specialized training at the Steinway & Sons factory in New York City. He has also had extensive training at Yamaha North American Headquarters, and at the prestigious Colbern School with Shigeru Kawai. Additionally he has received mentoring from some of the best technicians in the Northwest including Steve Brady, Darrell Fandrich, and Michael Reiter. He regularly attends educational seminars sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild.

Testimonials

Pianova Piano Service is honored to share these testimonials from some of our top clients


Charlie Albright, internationally recognized award-winning pianist, composer and friend

“Thank you so much for the magnificent work on the piano. I’ve never heard it sound/play that well. It was like a different piano…it was spectacular.”


Jessica Williams
Ryan’s tuning can be heard on the albums “Touch” & “Songs for a New Century”

Jessica Williams, pianist, composer, and two-time grammy nominee

“Just as there are piano players and then there are fine pianists, there are likewise piano tuners and then there are fine piano technicians. A piano tuner tunes the piano, often with a digital device. A great technician has the ear of a true musician. A great technician makes the piano sing to its optimal level, opening artistic pathways for the musician.

After Ryan works on my piano, feel as if it almost plays itself. He opens the instrument up to all of its sonic capabilities. He gets it to SING!”  Continue reading “Testimonials”

Rates/Fees

OUR SERVICE PRICES
$295 “Catch up” / Extended service. Our best value!
$210 Tuning & maintenance.
$175  Basic service
$75  Service call / Minor repair, i.e. sticky key, pedal squeak etc.
$75  Estimate/Pre-purchase check.
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To learn more about how our appointments are more than just a tuning, read our post on Full Service vs. Tune & Run. 

We highly recommend  Dampp-Chaser humidity control systems to help preserve the tuning. Without humidity control, tuning can go out more quickly than you might think! To know more, read this blog post on humidity and tuning stability. Cost of basic systems is listed further down the page.

We offer scholarships for low income individuals or families. Email us at ryan@pianova.net and describe your situation. We want everyone to be able to afford an in-tune piano!

Mileage/Trip fee: For pianos within a 15 mile radius of our business location (2302 State Ave NE, Olympia) there is no trip fee. Outside that range, the fee range is $1.25 – $1.65 per mile for the trip out, depending on overall distance. Trip fee can be shared by clients who schedule in the same area on the same day. Contact our office for more information.

 “Catch up” / Extended Service: $295 Our best value!  We recommend this service for most pianos that are very out of tune and/or have not received any other maintenance besides tuning for several years. The service will vary depending on the needs of the piano and the client. Even if the tuning is close, this appointment is great for pianos that have not had regulating and/or voicing maintained OR if the piano gets heavy use. May include minor repairs if time allows. This appointment typically takes up to 2.5 hours.

Tuning & Maintenance: $210 This appointment is for a piano that is moderately out of tune and is operating at close to its potential. In addition to fine tuning, a basic service often includes some combination of cleaning, voicing, and regulating. The goal is to keep your piano’s touch and tone from deteriorating from age, use, and humidity changes. This appointment typically takes up to 1.5 hours.
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About

Career Highlights 

Tuning for recordings, concerts, colleges, schools, teachers, and stores, and many satisfied amateurs.

In 2013 Ryan was honored to receive the annual James Burton Award.

“Each year the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of the Piano Technicians Guild honors a member of PTG by bestowing the James H. Burton Award. The award is given to honor Jim, for the service he so willingly gave to PTG over many years, and the recipient who likewise, has given of themselves unselfishly to further piano technology in both the local, regional and national level.”

 

 


Ryan’s tuning can be heard on several nationally released recordings:

“Vivace”  by internationally acclaimed pianist Charlie Albright  was recorded on the Steinway concert grand purchased by Centralia College in 2009. Ryan was hired to select and prepare this piano from the West Coast inventory.

Songs for a New Century by award winning pianist and two-time Grammy nominee Jessica Williams. Recorded at her home  in 2008.

“Touch” by Jessica Williams recorded live at the Triple Door Theater in Seattle, Washington in 2010.

“Piano Palettes” by Jennifer Bowman (2019), graduate of the Juilliard School, and former Assistant Manager of Washington’s largest Steinway piano dealer. Jennifer is one of Olympia’s most respected music educators, pianists, and composers.  


Pianova services pianos for many schools and institutions:

St. Martins University, The Evergreen State College, Grays Harbor College, North Thurston Public Schools, Tumwater Public Schools, Shelton School District, and Olympia High School.

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Piano Sales

Warning! Buying a piano on craigslist can be risky. please read our article “beware the bargain piano!”

Discover our hidden home piano shop on Olympia’s upper east side

By Appointment Only

Updated August 9 2019

Short List (scroll down for more detailed descriptions)
Price: Lowest to highest

$1690 1954 PENDING Wurlitzer Mahogany 45″ Studio Upright
$1995 1910 Sold Lester 55″ Upright Dark Tiger Oak Full Upright
$2975 On sale for $2500 out the door! 1963 Yamaha U3 52″ Professional Upright  Polished Mahogany
$2495 1939 SOLD Jesse French Light Walnut 48″ Mini Upright
$2995 1924 Bush & Lane 56″ Dark Mahogany Full Upright
$4995 Sold 1986 Steinway & Sons 46″ Satin Ebony Studio Upright
$5400 Late 1800’s Heitzmann 6’7″ Viennese fortepiano
$10,475 1893 Steinway & Sons Hamburg “A”  Walnut 6′ Grand
$11,995 1969 Yamaha C3 6′ Satin Ebony Grand
$14,995 1914 Steinway & Sons “M” 5’7″ Walnut  Grand

In the works: 1947 Art Deco Spinet by Story & Clark
Estimated selling price $1800-$2300. As is for $750.


SALE PENDING
Mid-Century Wurlitzer 45″ Studio Piano
. Our current  “most bang for the buck” piano! $1690 + tax. Includes delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year Warranty.

A 1954 Classic! This piano has very little wear for its age and will give many years of use. It is currently located at R.L. Ray Violin shop: 925 State Ave NE. Call them at (360) 570-1085 to arrange a time to see this cute piano!

We have cleaned it, regulated the action, custom weighted the keys, and voiced the hammers. A basic humidity control system is included. The case does have some minor wear and tear but overall makes a good impression.

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $1847


Sold!
1910 Lester 55″ tall upright piano. 
$1995 + tax. Includes delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year Warranty.

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his is a classic! Vintage uprights in this condition are getting very difficult to find. The dark tiger oak is striking, and the tone is rich with an outstanding bass. Case has minor wear and tear, but makes a great impression. The keyboard has been rebuilt with new acrylic tops and German felt keybushings. It has a medium touch and very responsive action. It also has a practice mute that cuts the volume by 70%.

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $2175


SOLD
1939 Jesse French 48″ Mini- Upright

$2475 + tax Includes bench, delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year warranty.

This type of piano is one of my all-time favorites! These “mini-uprights” were popular in the 1930’s and are a transitional piano between the standard large upright pianos from decades prior, and the consoles and spinets of the post World War II era. They have similar proportions to a full size upright, but in a scaled down form, which makes them very cute. This piano has beautiful book-matched walnut grain patterns and tasteful furniture accents. They keys have been recovered with fresh German acrylic synthetic ivory. It really plays and sounds lovely. Since it has minimal wear it will last for many years to come. 


On Sale
1963 Yamaha U3 52″ Professional Upright

$2795 + tax Now $2500 Includes tax!!
Includes adjustable bench, delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year warranty.

The U3 is Yamaha’s premier upright piano designed for the discriminating professional musician who lacks the space requirements of a grand piano. The tone quality of this piano is equal to or greater than many mid-size grand pianos. The action is very responsive and has “low miles” and will last for decades to come.

A new U3 in polished mahogany has a list price of over $16,000!  https://www.pianobuyer.com/brand/yamaha/

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $3252


A truly grand sounding upright!
1924 Bush & Lane 56″ tall upright grand.
$2995 + tax. Includes delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year Warranty. 

Cream of the crop! Bush & Lane is considered by many piano technicians to be one of the best models of upright piano ever made. The construction is incredible – all the best materials, and meticulous build quality make these way beyond the run of the mill.

This one came from a local family who inherited a Steinway grand piano. We’ve gone through and rebushed the keys, reshaped and voiced the hammers, spruced up the original finish on the beautiful woodwork. The action has been finely regulated.  Its varnish has a gorgeous patina that we love! The soundboard is in beautiful condition and the resonance of this piano is outstanding. If you like the tone of a mid-size grand but don’t have the space, you need to try this piano.

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $3274


Late 1800’s Heitzmann and Sohn Viennese fortepiano 6’7″.  $5400 + tax. Includes delivery and tuning.

Rare Austrian made fortepiano with Viennese action, real ivory keys, rotating candelabras, and beautiful scroll work music desk. New strings, damper felt, and key frame felt. Hammers resurfaced and action regulated.

Piano has not been refinished, and has its original antique exterior.

From Wikipedia: “In the 1770s, the Augsburg builder Johann Andreas Stein developed an entirely new action in which the orientation of the hammer was reversed, with the hammer head closer to the player. This “Viennese” action was widely used by makers in Vienna, and was the action of pianos played by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. It survived in Viennese pianos almost to the end of the 19th century.”

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $5886


Sold 1986 Steinway Model 1098 46 ½” Upright Piano. Was $6500 now on sale for $4995 + tax. Includes delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year Warranty.

Beautiful, super clean, one owner piano includes all service records since it was purchased new in 1987.  Meticulously maintained by top technicians. Light and lively touch and colorful tone.

New Model 1098 List price is over $32,000! Click the link below for an audio sample – headphones or good speakers recommended.

Audio clip: Ryan Sowers playing selection from Chopin Nocturne Op. 9, no 1

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $5449


1893 Hamburg Steinway A 6′ Grand
Was $12,000 now on sale for $10,475 + tax. Includes delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year warranty.

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It received extensive restoration in the 1970’s including new strings, hammers, and modernized legs and music desk. Light action and beautifully mellow tone. Case has moderate wear and tear.


1969 Yamaha C3 Conservatory Grand
Was $15,750 – Now on sale for $11,995.
Includes delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year warranty.

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $13,110

A new Yamaha like this costs over $40,000

includes 5-year Warranty and discounts on future tuning

A beautifully well-preserved one-owner locally purchased piano!

Audio clip below – Ryan Sowers improvising – headphones or good speakers recommended.

This piano was purchased originally by a local much-loved and respected piano teacher and client of ours.  Soundboard is in pristine condition, strings are shiny, keys are smooth, but not loose, and the hammers are in beautiful shape with many years of use left in them.

The finish has some minor wear and tear and a few of the keys have a hairline crack that is strictly cosmetic.


Private Listing:
Previously Restored 1914 Walnut Steinway “M” 5’7″ Grand
$14,995 or make offer.

Private Sale: Buyer responsible for tax, delivery, etc.

This beautiful Steinway belongs to one of our clients who needs to downsize.  An affordable high-end piano!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Currently in the works…
1947 Art Deco Spinet by Story & Clark


A little rough but super sweet!
We can sell as is for $795 + tax.
After refurbishing we predict a selling price of between $1800 – 2300


 Why Buy a Piano From Us?

Value.

 Our overhead is super low, because we are a real Mom and Pop operation. Our little piano shop is located at our home near downtown Olympia, so we don’t have to pay for commercial retail space. We are family owned and operated and we don’t hire professional salespeople. That means the money you pay for our instruments goes into refined workmanship that makes our play and sound better than others you may have tried. Yet, if you compare our prices you’ll see we are very competitive.

Reputation

 We service pianos for many of the prestigious teachers and performers in the area.  Ryan ‘s dedication to the Piano Technicians Guild has allowed him to study with some of the most well-respected technicians in the United States. Ryan has received specialized training at both Yamaha North American Headquarters in Los Angeles, and the Steinway & Sons factory in New York. Ryan’s résumé

Musicianship

As an advanced pianist, Ryan can experience the instrument not just as a technician, but as a musician. This allows him to bring a level of refinement to his technical work that would not otherwise be possible.

No Pressure

When you come to see one of our pianos you won’t be pressured into making a decision right away. In fact, we always encourage people to take their time when purchasing a piano.  What is important is that you make the right choice for you. Since you’ll be dealing directly with the technician you’ll be sure to get accurate information without all the sales hype. Even if you don’t buy one of our pianos it will be an educational experience.