For many years, my family and I have used the services of Sylvia Staron to tune and maintain our pianos. Over this time, I have come to know her as a gifted musican, improviser and educator as well. Now, as a professional musician, I am delighted that I continue to benefit from her honest and direct advice and her outstanding professionalism. From all of the colleages, pupils and families whom I have referred to her over the years – whether for technical maintanence, tuning, appraising, or teaching – one piece of feedback has been constant: “Sylvia really knows her stuff.” In an age where people increasingly look towards electric pianos to fulfill their musical requirements, we in the Northwest are blessed that we can still afford to explore our music on beautifully cared-for, real instruments ; grand and upright, old and new, because we have services of this standard available in our community.
Sylvia was recommended to me by PianosPlus in Dublin after I bought a Seiler concert upright piano for my pub. She is now tuning my piano a few times a year and I am very happy with her service.
Sylvia is absolutely fantastic. As a piano teacher I’ve dealt with lots of piano tuners over the years and Sylvia is by far the best – my piano has never sounded better! She’s so good that whenever I refer her to any of my students they’re always excited to tell me how great their piano sounds afterwards!
I first came across Sylvia a few years ago, and I am so happy I did so. To have a good, reliable, efficient local tuner is an absolute godsend. She has tuned my own piano, pianos I play on in various venues in Sligo, and I have recommended her to many of my students. She has done an excellent job every single time. I would be lost without her so please don’t move away Sylvia!!!
The Piano Tuner.
The piano tuner called today
So I sat in the corner, out of her way
She pinged and she bonged for the whole afternoon
By the time she was finished it was perfectly in tune
It was amazing to watch her, so much patience and skill
With determination, persistence and a strong will
To get every note right from the start
I never realised it was such a fine art
A combination of engineering and musical ear
A few tuning forks and a whole lot of care
It now sounds full and so rich
As she brought it up to concert pitch
I can’t play a note, I am not a musician,
My wife is the musical magician
And many a haunting melody she can play
I am so lucky, to have a private recital every day
I can just sit back, relax and listen
To Mozart, Chopin and her favourite Beethoven
Now that the piano is in tune
She can play to her heart’s content every afternoon.
C Denis Murphy 12 February 2020.
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