My brother manufactured pianos in the 1960’s through the 1970’s, which is how I became interested in piano tuning. I went and tuned at his company Currier Piano’s factory in my early teens. Currier Piano was Top 10 in the world in sales for several years. I majored in piano at East Carolina University. I auditioned for a European tour at the NC School of the Arts and studied piano with Clifton Mathews during the summer of 1976.
I work on Studio, Console, Spinet, Upright and Grand pianos. I do on the spot repairs and tuning of pianos as well as reconditioning, regulating and cleaning. I replace parts when they are needed in complete sets for keytops, hammers, whippens and restringing. I replace and repair legs and have accounts with manufactures to replace parts that are broken. I am a Certified Dampp-Chaser Installer.
View Pictures of Knabe Piano Restoration
On this Knabe piano I was impressed by the decorative body and knew that it had not reached its potential in terms of looks and sound. Click read more for more about the project and to view pictures.
Chris Johnston Participates in Annual International Piano Institute; Receives 35-Year Anniversary Pin
Chris Johnston, RPT*, of Raleigh, NC, was among more than 600 attendees, including piano service specialists, manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, who attended the 61st annual Piano Technicians Guild Convention and Technical Institute. At the event, the PTG presented Mr. Johnston with a pin to commemorate his 35th year of attendance.