After a 20+ years career as a professional pianist/musician, with a secondary, 30 years career tuning and restoring pianos, I have focused my interests and efforts in the building and restoration of historical stringed keyboard instruments, an extremely rewarding, sometimes challenging endeavor.
To date, I have designed and built three harpsichords, specifically, a Flemish Double, a transposing Flemish Single, and a double transposing French Single.
I have done countless restorations of harpsichords, virginals, clavichords, and fortepianos by builders including Dowd, Herz, Sutherland, Challis, Dolmetsch, Russell, Pleyel, and Belt. I have recently completed the restorations of a Stodart Compensator Grand Fortepiano, makers no.7388, circa 1827/28, and an 1806 Broadwood grand fortepiano, makers number 3448.
I have restored instruments for Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Clark University, and have an extensive client list of prominent harpsichordists and fortepianists.
Hubbard/Stein fortepiano, wood to metal kapsel conversion
Pictured is the action of a Hubbard fortepiano, after Stein, 1784, built by Mary Sadovnikoff, 1976. The wooden kapsels, being loose, wobbly, and completely unreliable, have been replaced with nickel plated brass kapsels. (Click on images to enlarge)