Tune Thy Piano

7 Secrets to keep your instrument concert ready at all times

A piano is a big financial investment!

Become informed about maintaining your piano! 

(Yes, it’s more than just tuning!)

If you are genuinely interested in fostering a love of playing in music for your children, students or for yourself, maintaining your piano properly is a must.

Meet Duncan Peterson, Author, CEO/Founder of The Gilded Piano

Having been in business since 2003, Duncan has achieved the credential of Registered Piano Technician (RPT) the most widely recognized professional piano tuning accreditation, as well as attending multiple trainings around the country. He has also been trained at the Steinway & Sons factory in New York City as well as at the Yamaha Little Red School House, and Yamaha Performance Piano Service Seminar in Buena Park, California.

Duncan services the pianos for Salt Lake Community College, Murray School District, Nebo School District High Schools, Daynes Musicand hundreds of homes across the Wasatch Front. He has tuned for top musicians in Utah including Jon Schmidt, Paul Cardall, Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy, and has been a contract technician in charge of as many as 270 pianos on BYU campus and the MTC.

Duncan attended Brigham Young University (1998-2002) where he studied Organ Performance for 3 years, and graduated with his BA in Music. During that time he also played the Carillon Bells on BYU Campus.

He is married to his wife, Gina, and they are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Chloe and Charlotte.

In July of 2007, Duncan became a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) Member of the Piano Technicians Guild.

A Registered Piano Technician (RPT) has passed a series of rigorous examinations on the maintenance, repair, and tuning of pianos. Only RPTs are authorized by The Piano Technicians Guild to display the logo containing the words “Registered Piano Technician”. It is the highest standard for piano technicians for the past 60 years.

The Gilded Piano Shop

Do you know where our name “Gilded” comes from? To “gild” means to cover solid surfaces (such as metal, wood, porcelain or stone) with a thin layer of gold. It can also be referred to as “gilding.”

Have you ever seen or owned a book with gold leaf on the edges of the pages? Historically the most precious books had gold leaf applied, for both aesthetic and practical reasons. The aesthetics are clear to see: it looks amazing and impresses upon the reader that they are handling something that is very precious.

But less known are the practical reasons! That thin layer of gold sealed the edges of the paper, protecting the page edges, making them impervious to moisture and dust.

I had the wonderful opportunity to work at M.L. Bigelow & Co. Organ Builders in American Fork, Utah, for 2 1/2 years, working on nearly every aspect of building pipe organs from intricate action building to wood carving and gilding.

These are pictures of carvings and gold leaf that I did when I built pipe organs almost 20 years ago. This work represents the highest quality and most precision detail of which we are capable. This is the essence of The Gilded Piano.

Piano Restoration

When you bring a vintage piano into our shop to be restored or refinished, our goal is the highest quality possible.

Would you like an estimate on restoring your piano?  Want to learn more about our piano shop?