Masterful Piano Tuning

There’s a reason why we’re the first choice for piano tuning in the South Sound region. With over 40-years’ experience, Registered Piano Technician Dan Skelley uses state-of-the-art electronic equipment and a well-trained ear to produce the best tuning results possible to bring out the clarity and sustained resonance from your fine instrument. The basic tuning charge is $175. However, if your piano has not been tuned in over a year, there is sometimes an extra $30 service charge to adjust the pedals, make sure the keys are all working with minimal friction and that the hammers are properly fitted to the strings. We also offer expert piano restoration and custom action leverage design services, as well as new and used piano sales.

Voicing Expert

Most musicians rely on their technique and years of study to produce beautiful tones and melodies from their instruments. But with a stringed instrument like a piano, tone quality is also heavily influenced by its optimization in a tuning session.

Many pianists consider voicing to be little more than inserting needles into hammers to change tone quality. While this is partially true, there are very few technicians who perform the procedures needed prior to needling, and this often prevents the piano from producing its sweetest possible sound. All the strings must first be properly seated on their bearing points, and hammers must be properly shaped, level at their apexes, and fitted to hit all three strings simultaneously. Correct hammer fitting promotes sustained and clear tonal power. Only after these preparations are made can the piano be optimally tuned and regulated and the tone-building process begun.

Only an experienced concert technician knows the exact placement and depth of the needle to achieve optimal results. Dan Skelley’s experience comes from years of working on and tuning Steinways, and from the deep level of training he received at the Steinway factory in New York.

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Registered Piano Technician in University Place

Serving University Place, Tacoma, Auburn, Kent, Olympia, Federal Way, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Puyallup.


  • I highly recommend Skelley Piano! I'm a private piano teacher and I was looking for a high quality grand piano. We looked at other piano stores but Dan's skill and attention to detail exceeded our expectations. My husband and I just bought the Ritmuller GH160R and we love it's clear and warm tone. Dan is very patient and worked with us to find the right instrument, and even met with us outside of the store's usual hours. We wouldn't go to anyone else to service our new piano, and I would not hesitate to recommend Skelley Piano to any of my friends, family, or students!

    thumb Liz Moore

    We called Dan Skelley for piano service on the recommendation of our son's piano teacher in Puyallup. We inherited a baby grand piano that is now over 90 years old and, though well cared-for, hadn't been serviced in well over a decade. Five very well-deserved stars for Mr. Skelley: easy to communicate with, arrived on time and prepared, friendly yet unintrusive, efficient and thorough, exceptionally experienced, and all for a very reasonable price. I will hire Dan Skelley until his retirement forces me to someone else.

    thumb Micah & Melanie Wilson

    I purchased the piano and it needed voicing. I called on a Friday; Mr. Skelley came the next Tuesday! 😊 Amazingly quick service, and he didn't leave until it sounded right in the room. Very competently done.

    thumb Judith Lee
  • Dan is so knowledgeable and always does a great job tuning and maintaining my piano. I highly recommend his services!

    thumb Suzie Chang

    Thanks Dan for the awesome service you provided. I’m so glad you were able to bring life back to our antique piano! It sounds beautiful and we couldn’t be happier. 🙂

    thumb Amber Jylha