Note: This is not me! It’s just a fun picture I found on the internet!

Updated 8/16/2020

With the virus outbreak, this is a great time to stay home and play your piano! We are adopting the following protocol for our tuning appointments:

Please respect social distancing rules.

I’ll stay back from the door and you can give me plenty of space to enter your home. I’ll prefer to have the room vacated while working, but at least try to maintain the “6 feet rule” if possible. 

If you have children please help them respect the boundaries. They are often curious to see the inside of a piano, and usually we are delighted to give them a short “piano tour”.  We’ll make up for it in future appointments when things get more back to normal. 

I will arrive with gloves and a mask

For your protection and mine. I will also lay down a drop cloth to keep my tools, jacket, and supplies in a confined area. 

I will thoroughly clean keys and wipe down touched surfaces.

Piano manufacturers generally recommend cleaning keys with a damp rag or mild detergent and drying immediately. Chemicals such as bleach or alcohol may react with key material over time causing them to discolor, weaken, or crack. Fortunately, Coronavirus is very vulnerable to mild soap and water solution. 


Credit card:

I prefer to not handle cards at this time, but I’m happy to key the info into my credit card app. 


Please make out to “Pianova” and leave it on a table nearby where I can collect it. 


Please put in an envelope or baggie, and place nearby where I can retrieve it. 


If you would like a receipt by text or email, please send me a text or email and I will send you one shortly.

Lastly, if you are most comfortable rescheduling your appointment for later in the year, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Removing Coronavirus From Keys

After checking on piano manufacturer’s websites (SteinwayYamaha, Kawai) the general recommendation is to not use chemicals, but only mild soap followed by a soft damp cloth.

That being said, both Kawai and Steinway have recently posted recommendations on the Facebook pages, with Kawai approving Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes and Steinway recommending cotton ball dampened with over-the-counter (3%) hydrogen peroxide.

Be careful with alcohol!

Most mid-century pianos that don’t have ivory keytops have a celluloid based keytop material known as Pyralin. Alcohol will definitely etch and damage the surface. Technicians still use Pyralin to restore old piano keyboards. It is difficult for the untrained eye to tell the difference between pyralin and modern acrylic plastic. If you email me some close up pictures I can usually identify the material for you at no charge.

Soap may actually be the best!

Don’t underestimate the power of this most inexpensive and common weapon.

According to The Guardian:

“Viruses can be active outside the body for hours, even days. Disinfectants, liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol are all useful at getting rid of them – but they are not quite as good as normal soap.”

Read the rest of the article here.  Another great article on this subject can be found in the New York Times: Why Soap Works

Our Recommendation

Since soap has been shown to be very effective at destroying and removing Coronavirus, (and other bugs too!) AND it is safe to use on all types of key material including ivory, we recommend a rag dampened with soap solution as the optimal cleaning/disinfecting agent. Avoid letting the solution drip between the keys.

Follow with a clean rag dampened with water to remove soapy residue, and dry immediately. Ivory keys in particular should be dried within a minute or two so that they don’t absorb too much water which can cause swelling and detachment.

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.


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”



$350 “Catch up” / Extended service. Our best value!
$225 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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Low or fixed income?

We offer a special econo-tune 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!

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.

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: $350 Our best value! 

Transform your piano!

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 3 hours from beginning to end.

Tuning & Maintenance: $225 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  1.5 – 2 hours.
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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

Featured Piano For Sale:

SOLD! 2004 Yamaha “Professional Series” 48″ Model U-1
Polished Ebony. This same piano new sells for over $10,000.
It is in near mint condition and was purchased locally.  This is an incredible piano for serious music making!
Offered at $4995 + tax 
Click HERE to see more pics

Updated December 30, 2020

Short List (scroll down for more detailed descriptions)

Price: Lowest to highest. Prices do not include tax.

$2275  1947 38″ Art Deco Spinet by Story & Clark

$2495  SOLD 1939 45″ Howard Upright by Baldwin

$2775  SOLD! 1924 Bush & Lane 56″ Dark Mahogany Full Upright

$4995  Late 1870’s Heitzmann 6’7″ Viennese fortepiano

$7890 On Sale $7500 1893 Steinway & Sons Hamburg “A”  Rosewood 6′ Grand

$9995  SOLD 1969 Yamaha C3 6′ Satin Ebony Grand

$14,999  1914 Steinway & Sons “M” 5’7″ Walnut  Grand

In the works:

Samick Studio upright, polished ebony: Estimated  selling price $1700-$2000

1939 Steinway M Mahogany 5’7″ grand. Pristine Soundboard. This piano really sings.  It spent its whole life in Grays Harbor County.  Estimated selling price  $9000-$15,000 depending on work completed. We may be able to customize this project to fit your budget.

Mid 1970’s Kawai 51″ Upright: Estimated Selling price between $1700-$2000

Mid 1960’s Yamaha Console – continental style. Estimated selling price $1700-2000

Vintage late 1890’s Heintzman Upright Grand. Estimated selling price $1500-1800.

We sometimes have other pianos in progress that are not listed. Drop us an email at pianovapianoservice@gmail.com to find out more.

1947 Art Deco Story & Clark 38″ Spinet Piano. $2275 + tax. Includes delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year Warranty.

A cute classic! The cool art deco case and warm, beautifully figured wood grain makes this little piano a hit! It is very responsive and has a warm tone with a lot of depth for its size. The original matching bench has new upholstery on the top. 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 $2489

SOLD! 1939 45″ Howard Studio Piano by Baldwin $2495 + tax. Includes 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  walnut grain patterns and its simple, classic design will go with any decor. The keys have been custom weighted and 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. 

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $2730

A truly grand sounding upright!
1924 Bush & Lane 56″ tall upright grand.
$2775 + 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 $3036

Late 1800’s Heitzmann and Sohn Viennese fortepiano 6’7″.  $4995 + 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 $5465

1893 Hamburg Steinway Rosewood A 6′ Grand
$7890 + 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.

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $8632

SOLD! 1969 Yamaha C3 Conservatory Grand
$9995  Includes delivery, tuning and humidity control system. 5-year warranty.

With sales tax the out-the-door price is $10,935

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!


 Why Buy a Piano From Us?


 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.


 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


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.