Dean Petrich, Registered Piano Technician
Dean Petrich, RPT, has been servicing pianos since 1973. Dean is skilled in many ways. He is precise, meticulous, and accurate. He has a keen ear and pays close attention to detail. He can troubleshoot and repair just about anything on any piano, and usually has the needed parts on hand. If not, he has the resources and capability to solve any piano issue.
Dean has held every office in the Seattle Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild, including being President for two consecutive years. Dean maintains the library and archives of the PTG seminars convention and technical presentations and is interested in combining efforts with other chapter archivists and PTG Journal collectors. He also maintains the chapter web site. Over the years Dean has received countless compliments for his tunings, at which he excels.
Dean has a database of nearly 3000 customers, owns over 150 pianos, and moves, tunes, repairs and rents pianos weekly. If you would like a piano, Dean has pianos for sale, for rent, for trade, and for free. The pianos for sale range in price from $100-$1600. The rentals range from $20 to $40/month, and include half price on moving, a free tuning, and unlimited free repairs. The free pianos are free because he hasn’t had time to devote to them yet. However, if you find one you like, it can be made like new, you can toy with it yourself, or you can have it as-is. Call for an appointment to visit the shop to select the piano you want.
Aural and Electronic Tuning
To be able to tune by ear takes years of training and practice. Even with a tuning aid, the skill of moving the hand and the tuning hammer is an art that must be aquired by knowledge, skill, and repetition. Increasingly fewer piano technicians have mastered the art of aural tuning. Dean is one of the remaining few.
Dean tuned by ear for twenty years before he purchased his first tuning device. With that, learning began anew. Dean has used just about every electronic tuning device made. As tuning aids have evolved, so has the quality and precision of every tuning increased. Currently, the Acutuner, the CyberTuner and the VeriTuner are Dean’s favorites, and of the three he prefers the VeriTuner. Even with such precision, at the end of every tuning Dean always checks each note by ear. His work is guaranteed.
To get a glimpse of another side of Dean, watch this short video: