Piano Philosophy, Maintenance & Audio Production

Anthony Wright, Ph.D. Concert-grade piano technician piano tuner of 44 years experience available to perform piano tuning and all types of maintenance, to include tuning, regulation, and restoration; on all types of pianos, except finish repairs, through-out the San Francisco bay area. I have been servicing pianos since July of 1970. Returned from intensive and in-depth training at the Steinway piano factory in New York City (June, 2005).

To schedule a piano service appointment, please click on the "piano service" tab on the left, or call my voicemail 24/7: 1-415-721-9977 or email: with your phone number. I will call you back, ususally the same day, and talk with you further about the specific situation regarding your piano. It is my policy not to discuss fees or make in-depth recommendations via email.

I have tuned pianos for:
Steinway concert-artist program

Jacqueline Schwab
George Winston
Claudio Naranjo
California Institute of Integral Studies
Suzanne Ciani
Sherman Clay Piano Max
Yamaha Peninsula Music
Chick Corea
Eddie Palmieri
Herbie Hancock
Lyle Mays
Flyte Time Productions
Carl Perkins
Randy Newman
Liz Story
David Benoit
Pointer Sisters
Jonathan Khuner, Director, Berkeley Opera, Assistant Director, San Francisco Opera

Patricia Farrell, Flutist, San Francisco Opera.

If you have a piano for sale or wish to purchase one, and would like a professional opinion prior to purchase or sale, I do apprasials for individuals as well as for insurance companies, auction houses, and salvage companies.

Holistic Piano Tuning

Copyright 2006 by Anthony S. Wright, M.A.

I'll examine your piano and talk with you about what I've found. I'll also talk with you in some depth to find out what the piano is to you, and what expectations you have for not only your piano, but your involvement with your piano. For example, is your piano an old friend, whom you've known since childhood, and used to belong to your grandmother? Or is it simply an instrument you purchased recently and want to have operating to the peak of it's capability within a limited budget.

My approach is other than solely limited to a service perspective, though significant attention to primary service functions as a foundation upon which to further build involvement with you and your piano. The first order of business, of course, is to bring your piano to as good a standard of functioning and stability as it is capable of, given it's age and background.

With my background in psychology and mediation, if you like, I can offer you additional significant support, to bring your piano to a state of functioning beyond that which is normally expected, in my capability to explore and use your hearing and sense of touch, through appropriate in-depth discussion, to further groom the piano. To bring your piano to such a state that the piano becomes difficult to resist, in that it has become so enjoyable and inviting to play, within it's capability to function.

With this additional personal support and attention to service, a truly holistic sensibility develops, from the piano and your involvement with your piano, to the home and the family members in the home where you and your piano are, to areas in your life which unexpectedly begin to come to greater harmony and balance than previously was the case.





April 2nd, 2010

Anthony Wright has been my piano technician for the last 2 1/2 years and I don't know how I lived without him!  I have a Steinway that was "hurt" unintentionally by another piano tuner, and through that horrendous time, a great thing happened...the find of Anthony.  He nursed my baby back to health and since my piano not only has had several tunings, but also a regulation and voicing to bring it as close to factory-new condition as possible.
Not only is Anthony a great piano technician, but he is trust-worthy and a great listener. Even before I or my piano had a chance to meet Anthony in person, I had the opportunity to talk to him by phone. After speaking with him, I told my husband, "I feel better already and he hasn't even worked on my piano!"  I call Anthony my "piano whisperer".

Cynthia Reinhart, Piano Teacher and Music Therapist, Napa, California.


November 10th, 2006

Anthony Wright recently finished a total action and hammer replacement on my 1968 Steinway Model B piano using new Steinway parts. The result is an instrument of exceptional sensitivity, versatility and power. Especially notable was how effectively Anthony translated my desires of sound and touch into reality. He was always personable and professional. I now have the pleasure of having at home the equal of any of the many fine concert instruments I have played.

James Creasy, Berkeley, California.


To: Joseph Bloom
Subject: Piano tuning/restoration

May 9, 2004

Hi Joe,

I just wanted to thank you for sending out the email about Anthony Wright, along with your recommendation about his work as a piano technician.

Anthony has just completed extensive work on my 1922 Steinway, Model L, and it now sounds and plays better than it did when I first bought it in the mid eighties. I couldn't be more pleased. Keys no longer are sluggish, the action is fluid - it is just a pleasure to play it again. He tended to every miniscule detail in the voicing and regulation and the myriad of little adjustments that have added up to the piano being at its best. And, as you said, Anthony is a nice guy.

So - I hope you will feel free to pass this along to those in your group email for the chorale and others who may be looking for someone to work on their pianos - from tuning to repairs and restoration. Anthony is by far the best technician who has worked on this piano. I'll include his phone number: 1-877-833-6220.

Many thanks again for passing along his name to us.

And - thanks for such a fine job on the Bach in the recent WBC concerts! Thoroughly enjoyable. Have a lovely summer. Alice Thomas


June 25th, 2004

From: Jonathon Khuner, Director, Berkeley opera; Assistant Director, San Francisco Opera
To: Anthony Wright

RE: Regulation and voicing of 1973 Yamaha model C3 grand piano

Dear Anthony

Your work has indeed been impressively masterful, swift, and artful. I was particularly happy that you took my needs and touch/sound goals into account so successfully.

Jonathon Khuner


September 5th, 2004

From: Peggy Harrington, M.D., Mill Valley, California.

To: Anthony Wright

RE: Regulation of Steinway Model A Grand Piano

Dear Anthony

I'm not sure how you work your magic, but I am so happy with the results- my Steinway absolutely sparkles in ways it never did before and my playing pleasure is increased at least tenfold.

Many, many thanks.

Peggy Harrington





Piano Technology, Steinway Academy, Steinway Piano Factory, New York City, June, 2005.

Piano Technician, Bolinas Schools; Bolinas, California, began October 2003.

Piano Technician, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, California, began November 2003.

Piano Technician, Sherman Clay Pianos, San Francisco, California; began July 1998.

Affiliate Business Member, California Music Teacher's Association, Santa Clara Branch,, July 1999.

Piano Technician, T. Yuma and Associates, San Jose, California; August 1996 to August 1999.

Piano Technician, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota; Fall 1993 to January 1997.

Piano Technician, Schmitt Music/Steinway concert-artist program, Fall 1991 to July1996.

Piano Technician, Hopkins Schools, Hopkins, Minnesota, Fall 1992 to Fall 2003.

Retail Sales, straight commission; new Yamaha pianos, organs and keyboards, Bodines Keyboard Centers, St. Louis Park, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, 1986 to 1988.

Piano Technology, "Little Red Schoolhouse", Yamaha International Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, May, 1986.

Piano Technician, Bodines Keyboard Center, St. Louis Park, Minnesota; January 1985 to May 1992.

Piano Technician, Tomah Area School District, Tomah, Wisconsin, 1982 to 1985.

Registered Tuner-Technician, Piano Technician's Guild, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 1980.

Piano Shop, Schmitt Music 5th floor, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 1976.

Piano Technician: Wholesale, Institutional, and Private Practice, August 1970 to present.

Piano Technician Training at MacPhail School of Music, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, July, 1970.