North College Park
South Lake Union
Pike Place Market
Se habla español
Speaks Japanese & Spanish
GINNY BEAR, RPT, piano tuner and technician, offers on-site piano tuning, repair, and regulation in the Seattle, Washington area. Her hybrid tuning technique uses traditional ear tuning methods combined with an electronic tuning device. She has worked on pianos ranging from Acrosonics to Wurlitzers, from spinets to concert grands, and she enjoys the great variety of pianos that have been crafted in the over 300 years of their existence.
Registered Piano Technician,
Randy Potter School of Piano Technology, and the
Steve Brady Apprenticeship Program
Active musician; member
Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle,
Brass Band Northwest, and
Seattle Central College Jazz Orchestra
Pianos are made of many parts, but to me the most important parts are the strings, all 225 or so of them (different models have different numbers). It's their vibration which is the fundamental source of the sound of the piano. When I tune a piano, I'm tightening and loosening those strings to bring the pitch of the string up or down, whichever is needed. Here's a link to an article about piano wire which recently appeared in a blog on Piano Price Point, a relatively new on-line publication about pianos you might enjoy. The wire company mentioned is the one I use, Mapes Piano String Co.
Buying a Used Piano?
Thinking about buying a piano privately (like on Craig's List)?
Save yourself from the disappointment of a piano that's untunable or has
expensive problems. I'll do a purchase evaluation for $60. This could also apply to a used piano in
a piano shop. Save yourself some money/disappointment in the long
Piano technicians do not often offer discounts, but Bear Piano
Services does: the Neighborhood Discount. Two or more
pianos tuned the same day in the same neighborhood qualify you for a
$10 discount. Call with dates that will work for you and your
neighbors, and I will find a date that works for us all.
425-765-3514 or 206-406-5576
(both go to the same place,
if one number is long distance
for you, try the other one)
Mason & Hamlin
Kohler & Campbell
Kranich & Bach
Story & Clark
Parlor or Living
Yes, I accept