Notice: I no longer do major restoration work (piano action rebuilding, refinishing, restringing, pin blocks, soundboards, keys, player stacks, exhauster assemblies, etc.). However, I do rebuild air motors, tracking devices, governors, and other peripheral devices. Also, at the present time I have a very limited road-work schedule do to health problems.
Where I Work and Live
(I only work on Player Pianos. I do not work on Regular Pianos.)
Generally speaking, servicing and tuning a player piano is about twice as expensive as servicing and tuning a regular piano. This is because a player piano is about three times more complicated than a regular piano. The charges for this kind of service (in your home) are similar to what you might expect to pay for a clock repairman or a foreign car specialist. Also, since the work is being done on location, there are service and mileage charges. Further, as with all in-home service providers, payment is due upon satisfactory completion of the job.
I offer a variety of services from simple tuning
and servicing to minor
The Minimum Charge for a First Visit is $125.00 -includes 10 miles travel. (See EXAMPLES below)
The Service Charge is $68.50. (For Repeat Customers/Visits)
The Standard Labor Rate is $95.00/hour plus parts.
The Travel Allowance (mileage) is $2.35/mile* based on a One-Way Trip to your home.
(*Plus Bridge Tolls/Parking Fees/Toll Road Fees)
EXAMPLE ONE: If you live 35 miles from Brick, NJ: The initial charge will be $125.00 plus $58.75 for Travel. The visit will include the first 40 minutes of time spent at the piano (evaluation and/or labor). After the first 40 minutes, the labor rate is $95.00/hr. plus parts. If I work for two hours, the bill will be $310.39 (plus 7% sales tax in New Jersey)
EXAMPLE TWO: If I have repaired/serviced your instrument before, the charge to get me to your home again is $68.50 plus mileage. Once I arrive, the hour rate goes into effect. So, if you live 60 miles away, and the job takes two hours, the bill will be $399.50 (plus 7% sales tax in New Jersey).
I carry a small supply of rebuilding materials and can Hand Craft
are broken or missing and no longer available.
If it has piano strings, piano type hammers, dampers and makes music all by itself.
I can fix it.
If you have to foot-pump the unit in any fashion to create negative air
I can fix it.
I work on player pianos, nickelodeons, pump organs and other reproducing
E-Mail for John Tuttle: (John A Tuttle)
I do not buy or sell used instruments.
Heck! I wanted to be a physicist,
But players are Lots more FUN!