Tuning and Maintenance of Keyboard and Woodwind Instruments in the South

John Watkins, M.A.

COVID-19 Update 11th May 2020

I am now back at work!

Following the announcement by Brois Johnson on Sunday 10th May, I am now able to return to work. Woodwind repairs are happening as normal as these are from home, however I am now able to visit sites for piano work. Having said this, these three conditions apply:

  • All members of each household (yours and mine) need to be well and showing no signs of Covid-19
  • I must be able to follow the social distancing guidelines.
  • Any member of your or my household are not shielding.

My risk assessment for visiting people's homes can be found here.

Welcome to my website. I provide a professional tuning and repairs service for keboard instruments (pianos, harpsichords, spinets etc.) and woodwind instruments in Dorset, West Hampshire and South Wiltshire on the south coast of the UK. With over 10 years experience and hundreds of satisfied customers, quality and service is guaranteed.

I am often asked if a piano is so out of tune it is beyond hope, and my reply is that a piano is rarely beyond hope. I was asked this about a wooden framed upright that was over 100 years old. Click here to hear the piano prior to tuning. Click here to hear it after the first tune (a'=392Hz, i.e. tone flat), and click here to hear the piano after the second tune. I assure you that the keys I pressed were exactly the same each time. (Each of these tunes took in excess of 3½ hours)

To see more details about the services I provide and for more details about performances, please click the links on the left of the page. If you would like to book a tune or repair, or book a performance, please visit the contact page and get in touch.


Here's what other people say about me*:

"John came and tuned our old and very out of tune piano. Despite fearing it a lost cause John worked his magic and now we have a brilliant, playable instrument. He arrived exactly on time, is very pleasant and we will definitely use him again. Thanks so much."
Andy Gilbert, Wimborne

"John gave my clarinet a complete service and repad after it had spent over 30 years gathering dust and itís now like a new instrument. The work was delivered back to me on time and John was willing to make further modifications if I found any fault with the work. I will certainly use his services again."
Paul Wollner, Coventry

"John had my clarinet for a complete re-pad, which he carried out in 24 hours. The result is stunning. As a music teacher and semi professional player I had lost all faith in my instrument after many problems with high notes and responsiveness, but he did such a beautiful job that, instead of considering getting rid of my clarinet, I'm now falling in love with it again. Thank you, John."
Helen Peiro, Bournemouth

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