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Piano specialist Eric Johnson employs degrees in piano technology from the University of Wisconsin and composition from the Berklee College of Music as he restores stringed instruments to their pluckiest selves. After graduation, Johnson traveled to Vienna to train in the Bösendorfer piano factory, where he internalized the distinct European sound, achieved only through careful tuning or by padding the inside of the piano with a handful of pommes frites. After his European stint, Johnson traveled through North America, readying grand pianos for concerts, artists, customers, and dealers. He now works with skilled technician Jim Salvatore of PerArts to tune pianos in the Fairfield County area.
Together, Johnson and Salvatore bring an astute ear to their craft, improving the sound quality of traditional and high-end pianos, ensuring that middle Cs meet appropriate standards and high Cs quench lingering musical thirsts. In addition to tuning, Johnson and Salvatore can perform regulation, hammer replacement, and reconditioning as well as hold consultations and offer advice. Working in tandem, the duo helps customers through a range of piano conundrums related to repair, regulation, voicing, and advice.