What is an RPT? “Registered Piano Technician.”

Registered Piano Technician

To become an RPT, one must be part of the Piano Technicians Guild and pass three major examinations:


  • First, a written exam

The exam includes tuning theory, knowledge of piano design and technology.

  • Second, a Tuning exam

This includes performing pitch raises and tuning with and without an electronic tuner. Most piano technicians have performed over 1000 tunings before passing this exam.

  • Third, a Technical exam

This is where the piano technician assembles and disassembles a piano action, performs voicing, regulation on a piano action, and does a variety of repairs such as string repairs.


The Piano Technicians Guild holds regular meetings that help a piano technician continue to enhance and improve their skills and knowledge and also associate with other piano technicians.

Why choose an RPT?

A piano not only has more than 200 strings to be tuned separately but more than 10,000 parts that need to be kept in proper regulation to keep it sounding great and working properly.

There is a huge difference between someone who just “tunes” pianos and someone who is a Registered Piano Technician.  The difference is quality. An RPT is the highest standard for piano technicians for the past 60 years.  Because of an RPT’s level of experience, they not only tune your piano, but can address issues such as sticky, keys, squeaky pedals, and other repairs.  They can also adjust the tone and touch of your piano.

Duncan Peterson became a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) In July of 2007.  He started The Gilded Piano in 2003 because of his passion for music and he still carries that with him today.


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