Reviews | The Cycling Piano Tuner


I’m pleased to have helped hundreds of customers throughout my years as the Cycling Piano Tuner. You can read some of the kind comments and reviews I’ve received on this page.

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Tom Woodhouse @ 11/03/2015 09:31

Not much to say besides excellent job; very happy with the results and would highly recommend to anyone.

- Tom Woodhouse

Sean Griffin @ 30 April 2015

Phil has just revoiced my Yamaha upright (which after 20 years of hammering by a couple of students had become very shrill). It now sounds like a new instrument with a nice mellow tone and great dynamics. I’m really delighted with the result. It took a whole day of Phil’s time but the cost was in my view money very well spent.

- Sean Griffin

Lizzie Bruce @ 24 March 2015

Phil brought my 1930s-era compact piano back into tune today, and I’m really pleased with the transformation. The piano was bought on eBay so it was a bit of a risk. But the sound of piano music is one of the loveliest things for me, and being able to produce some nice piano sounds myself is really quite a marvel!! Thanks for the thorough and efficient tuning.

- Lizzie Bruce

barbara toscani @ 15 October 2014

I very much appreciate Phil’s pollution free policy! as a pianist and keen urban cyclist, Phil’s services are just what I want. Excellent piano tuning and fees are lower than standard as well! Super positive experience.

- Barbara Toscani

Aaron Nelson @ 10/14/2015 08:58

I bought a second (or possibly third) hand upright on ebay. I was told that it had been regularly tuned until about ten years ago, but not since. It was between a semitone and a tone flat across most keys, and some were particularly out of tune. Phil brought it back to concert pitch in an afternoon and also gave some useful pointers on likely future care and tuning. He seemed a very nice chap too and I would thoroughly recommend him.

- Aaron Nelson

David Parfitt @ 10/14/2015 08:55

Phil is an excellent piano tuner. The quality about him that stands out for me is that he listens and plays the piano before anything else. He’s a musician who rescues, renovates and tunes pianos. I think that’s why he’s so good at it.

I bought a nearly new grand piano, a Samick SIG 52, in 2008 and soon bitterly regretted it. I grew to hate its over bright, harsh, uneven tone and unpredictable twangs and jangles.

Finding Phil’s website (by chance) I emailed Phil to arrange an assessment of the piano. His opinion, after looking and listening and playing, was that the piano had never been properly finished after leaving the South Korean factory. To carry out a proper finish would take two days’ work. Phil made it clear that he had never undertaken such work before on a new piano – all his experience was of older pianos.

By the end of the second day the piano was transformed. Its sound is now clean and beautiful, and the instrument is capable of lovely seamless transitions of scales from one octave to another. The action is now very responsive to touch and the piano a real pleasure to play.

- David Parfitt

Francesca Fabbri @ 10/14/2015 08:54

I can just confirm what the others before me have said: Phil was great. Ours is quite an old piano and clearly needed more than only tuning. Phil worked quite hard on it and now the piano plays beautifully. Many thanks!

- Francesca Fabbri

Martin Worthington @ 10/14/2015 08:53

Phil is a magician – he brought my grand piano back to life after it had not been played for ten years, tuned and regulated it, and it is now singing like Cecilia Bartoli. Recommended most highly!

- Martin Worthington

Drew @ 10/14/2015 08:50

It was a pleasure to meet phil. He turned up at our recording studio and put the sparkle back into our upright piano that was in need of a tune up. I would definitely use Phil’s services again. Excellent value for money, Thanks Phil.

- Drew

David Richardson @ 10/14/2015 08:06

Philip came to tune our pianola – a fine instrument but neglected for 10 years – and completely changed its role in our lives. Firstly he showed great enthusiasm for his profession and interest in the instrument itself. Secondly he made it sound better than it ever did before. He achieved this by putting in the time it needed. The result? We had the piano tuned because it was up for sale (taking up space etc…) Now we have decided to keep it in spite of getting a good offer from abroad; and we all enjoy playing and listening to it.

- David Richardson

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