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.
If you’re looking for a piano teacher, check out my piano lessons page for a list of teachers in your area.
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.
Looking for a piano light? There are quite a few on the market, but I have had customers repeatedly recommend the Mighty Bright Orchestra 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. Alternatively, the First Chair Soundboard Duster is a much simpler tool (about $30) for dusting underneath the strings. 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 require removing the lid of the piano.
Maine has a number of skilled tuner/technicians. My service area includes everywhere in York, Cumberland, 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.
If you’re looking for a luthier, Valerio Mongillo in Kennebunk has an exceptional reputation.
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).
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.