I was born and reared in South Holland, Illinois a suburb of Chicago, grandson of Dutch immigrants. Being raised in the church and robust hymn singing I fell in love with music from an early age. My greatest inspiration has been the sound of a fine piano. As a youngster I was in awe of a fine old upright piano being played, which, in those days, graced most living rooms and class rooms in school.
I attended Trinity Christian College, and graduated University of North Dakota school of Linguistics, and Kuiper College. My studies were in modern and ancient languages, linguistics, education, history, and theology.
While attending college, I attended the Smith-Carbaugh School of Piano Technology held at the historic Moody Church in Chicago. The instructors were Robert Carbaugh of Moody Bible Institute Dept. of Music and Virgil Smith, renown technician of the Chicago area. My first tuning for pay was in January of 1968.
I married a fine pianist, Joyce DeYoung, who with her talents of teaching has been able to mentor mid and upper level piano students preparatory for college degrees and scholarships. Together, we have aimed at the classic approach to learning piano, and the use and appreciation of classical piano composers and high culture church music and hymnology. Such was our heritage having been raised in the shadow of music culture of Chicago. We also have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
I have worked for eight piano dealers, one a Baldwin factory-owned store in Homewood, Illinois. In 1980 I began to sell Charles R. Walter pianos, made in Elkhart, IN and thereafter opened a store in Hudsonville for about 15 years. I still sell highest quality grand pianos and uprights for Reeder Pianos in Lansing, MI. I often have one of my own rebuilt pianos for sale from my home.
I have been long time a member of the Piano Technician’s Guild. I received training from Baldwin, Mason & Hamlin and Charles Walter factories. Currently in addition to tuning service, I specialize in action rebuilding and reconditioning of fine, collectible grand pianos.
The most treasured aspect of my work is the customers I work for, especially the children who are willing to practice and grow into the art of piano playing. There is nothing I dream about more than a fine, expensive, well-
regulated piano and to be able to play a hymn arrangement or a classical piece well on it.
1. Regular service in home, church and school.
2. Grand piano evaluation, regulation, cleaning, and reconditioning for optimal sound and touch.
3. New hammer and action replacement. High performance Wessel Nickel & Gross carbon graphite and composite parts. Custom action replacements.