Cambridge Piano Tuner

Nigel Donovan is a professional piano tuner and technician serving the Cambridge area. Established 1980, he is an accredited Member of The Institute of Musical Instrument Technology and a member (and past Vice President) of the Pianoforte Tuners’ Association.

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Many minor repairs can be done in situ, whilst any major repairs or reconditioning can be facilitated through an established network of highly skilled renovators.

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Helping to satisfy the growing demand for quality used pianos at affordable prices by supplying high quality, pre-owned, refurbished Yamaha U Series pianos from Japan.

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Posted: 2 months ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Just for the record, I haven't retired! I won't be hanging up my tuning lever just yet and have no plans to fully retire any time soon. My concession to reaching a certain age has been to cut my working week to three days so keep the requests for tuning coming in. I do get booked up though so please allow a couple of weeks notice. ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 3 months ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
This box has rattled around with me for 40 years since I inherited it from a long dead tuner. A testament to an age of non single use packaging #box #cardboard #singleusesucks #antique #piano #pianotuner #pianotech #pianoparts #pianosupplies ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 12 months ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Before and after! #piano #pianotuner #pianotech #pianokeys #pianokeybed #moths ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 1 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
A very suitable piano to reassure that I'll be cleaning the keys with anti-bac before and after each tuning. Especially this one! ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 1 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
After a long enforced retirement, I'm finally back to work. I do have quite a backlog of postponed tunings to get through and a lengthy waiting list. Hopefully I'll catch up in time and begin to send out reminders once more. Thanks for your patience. ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 1 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
CORONAVIRUS UPDATEI have been considering my position regarding visiting people in their home in the light of the current Coronavirus situation.It is with much regret that I am postponing all appointments for the foreseeable future but hope to catch up when the emergency is over.I feel it is only right that I follow the Government guidelines and help prevent the spread of the virus to you and your family and for my own safety.Thank you for your patience and stay healthy! ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
CORONAVIRUSI will be working for as long as I can or am able to. I will understand if you want to postpone my visit but please rest assured I am being careful and sensible with hand hygiene.For now, it's business as usual. I will update developments here as necessary, meanwhile stay safe and healthy! ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
An idea that never caught on! A gramophone in your piano stool complete with autochanger. The speakers and radio are in the electric Eavestaff Minipiano. Played by Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret c. 1939. Only nine were made. #piano #pianotuner #pianotechnician #eavestaff #minipiano #electricpiano #hmthequeen #princesselisabeth #princessmargaret #1939 #gramaphone #pianostool @ Cambridge, Cambridgeshire ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Lambert gilded upright made for the Great Exhibition 1851. Tortoiseshell inlaid ivories. #piano #pianotuner #pianotechnician #gildedpiano #tortoiseshell @ Cambridge, Cambridgeshire ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
A great piano, a doddle to tune and the best piano I know for the taller pianist, having a keyboard slightly higher than most. #piano #pianotuner #pianotuning #schimmel #schimmelpiano #keyboard #tallpianist #tallpianistproblems ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Lovely big old Erard grand from 1894. Note the under string dampers. #piano #pianotuner #pianotuning #grandpiano #erardpiano #ninefootpiano #straightstrungpiano @ Cambridge, Cambridgeshire ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Mystery dust! It’s through the whole wrestplank but no loose pins. Could be woodworm but no trace anywhere else. Could be the wrestpin bushings that have crumbled but why? #piano #pianotuner #pianotuning #pianotechnician #wrestpins #wrestplank #pinblock #tuningpins #woodworm #dust ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Sometimes the simpler the better. #piano #pianotuner #pianotechnician #marquetry #artdeco #inlay #johnspencerpiano #gooddesign ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
It looks like someone tried to cover up this cracked frame. Fortunately it doesn’t have much effect on this particular piano. Unfortunately this piano is on its last legs due to neglect, age, and rust. #piano #pianotuner #pianoframe #castiron #crackedframe #oldpiano #rustystrings #neglect ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Cabinet Piano. You need long arms to tune one of these. #cabinetpiano #piano #pianotuner #pianotechnician #tallpiano #longarms ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Not entirely attractive but I suppose it saves wear and tear on the ivories. #piano #pianotuner #pianotechnician #notes #pianokeys #ivories #namingthings #stickylabels ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
A really useful piano accessory: bookholders for the modern piano which rarely comes with such an essential thing. I thought at first it was made by K. Kawai but no, piano manufacturers still haven’t got the point. This pair is made by Katz Klip, available on Amazon for just under £30. #piano #pianotuner #bookholder #katzklip #pianomanufacturer @ Pampisford ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 2 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Maybe we could call it Piano Weekend?HAPPY PIANODAY 2019 🎹! “Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 3 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Interesting variation of the ‘tropicalised’ piano. Designed to stop excesses of humidity affecting vulnerable piano parts. This Blüthner has protection of the casework over the the more usual keys. #piano #pianotuner #pianotuning #tropical #humidity #blüthner #bluthner #casework #tropicalisation ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 3 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Very chunky Steinway which has seen better days. I guess I’d be the same if I’d been born in 1877. #piano #pianotuner #pianotuning #pianotechnician #steinway #steinwayandsons #steinwaypiano #1877 #newyorksteinway @ Cottenham ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 3 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
When I see other instruments about I always bring up the subject of pitch. It’s surprising how many violin users express their ignorance about this and how it’s their teacher who tunes the violin for them. Surely lesson no.1 is how to tune your instrument? #piano #pianotuner #pitch #tuning #violin #violinteacher #learntotune ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted: 3 years ago

Cambridge Piano Tuner
Bechstein Concert 8. An actual joy to tune, even when it’s gone quite sharp over the long hot summer. #bechsteinpiano #bechstein #piano #pianotuner ... See MoreSee Less
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Institute of Musical Instrument Technology

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