Resources – Alex's Piano Service

Resources

These recommendations are based on the excited reviews my customers give me. This list is under continuous construction, and please reach out to me if you would like to add your favorite resource! See my contact page.

Piano teachers

If you’re looking for a piano teacher, check out my piano lessons page for a list of teachers in your area.

Piano moving

There are two well-established piano movers here in Maine. Starbird Piano (call (207) 828-0888) and The Piano Mover’s of Maine (call (207) 939-3018), both of which are based in Portland and are excellent. Both, in my experience, are willing to travel pretty far. Pricing for piano moving is quite variable, and you should have the following information ready: The location the piano is moving from and to; The number of steps at both locations; The size of the piano (length for a grand or height for an upright).

Organ rebuilding and repair

If you’re looking for organ repair or rebuilding, I highly recommend Nick Orso Organ Service. He can also be reached at (207) 774-2702. His skilled rebuilding is exceptional, and he’s located right in Portland. Many of my customers have organs that he has restored, and I work with quite a few churches that also use his service.

Piano age

You might try using the search at Piano Age Calculater. I can look up the piano age in the Pierce Piano Atlas if I have the serial number and make.

Piano accessories

Dampp-Chaser Pads and Treatment can be purchased on Amazon (pads and treatment), they can be purchased at Starbird Piano in Portland, or you can ask me to bring them to your next tuning!

Looking for a piano light? There are quite a few on the market, but I have had customers repeatedly recommend the Lumiens Music Stand Light. The light clips on top of your music rack whether on a grand piano or an upright, but it’s also capable of standing upright on its own if you don’t have a suitable place to clip it.

Are you interested in tools for cleaning under the strings of your grand piano? Spurlock Tool’s “Squeegie Type” Soundboard Cleaner is a very professional tool costing about $80, but will give you excellent and reliable results, without having to remove the lid of the piano. Soundboard steels are the most inexpensive option ($5 plus the cost of a microfiber cloth), but they are a very labor-intensive option and will generally require removing the lid of the piano.

Other tuner/technicians

Maine has a number of skilled tuner/technicians. My service area includes everywhere in York and Cumberland counties, and some of Oxford, Androscoggin, and Sagadahoc.

If you are in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Hancock, Penobscot, Washington, or much of Aroostook, that vast area is covered by Parks & Sons, who have received many excellent reviews.

If you are in Androscoggin county, Mel Fletcher ((207) 783-9210) is based on Auburn.

If you are in York and Cumberland counties (and I’m booked), I recommend my father Eric Peppe.

Voice lessons

I’ve had two voice teachers recommended to me lately: Roland Jalbert (of The Studio 1977) based out of Portland; Heather Guilfoyle (heatherguilfoyle@rsu57.org), based out of Biddeford.

Guitar lessons

In Portland, you can contact Dennis Smith or Midcoast School of Music. In York, contact T Will Huval (207-361-1069) or Portsmouth Music and Arts Center.

Luthier

If you’re looking for a luthier, Valerio Mongillo in Kennebunk has an exceptional reputation.

Piano sales

For piano purchases and consignment, Starbird Piano in Portland is your go-to resource just as it has been for seventy years. It’s now Maine’s only new piano dealer (they deal Yamahas).

Homeschooling Groups

I’ve worked with a number of members of Homeschoolers of Maine, who can help with events, group classes, curriculum, and the technical/legal aspects of homeschooling your kids.