introduction, I am a physician and a professor of English at Berklee.
I have known Gary Don Brownfield for over 25 years.
He rebuilt my Steinway upright which is still a wonderful piano.
Since then, remanufactured a gorgeous Louis XV Steinway model B grand
that including handmade new soundboard and ivory keys in the mid-80
I am always satisfied with Gary'
s tuning and repair work. He is
extremely exacting and expects his clients to care for their instruments. Please
feel free to call me if you have any questions (617-489-7377) or e-mail with
more specific inquiries.
It is said that the best way to a man
I love watching you work. You are truly a master craftsman and I can appreciate that even though the tasks you perform may be more-or-less
Thank you for coming today,
Mason A, 5'8", new board, block, bridges, action, ivory complete.
are to be congratulated on the cover letter and appraisal you did for us. It is
comprehensive, thoroughly professional in its tone, and most respectful of the
instrument itself. All of your recommendations read as absolutely fair, and are
persuasive. We could not ask for
more, and very much appreciate your time and effort. We shall submit all this to the insurance company this week, and let you know the
you were right all the way-- we LOVE our newly completed piano. I think
the sound is magnificent, the most powerful and most balanced sound I
have always loved the Steinway treble sound, but now with these new bass
strings, the piano has come into balance between the high and low end. Goodness,
I hope the effect lasts a long time!
the new ivory keys are absolutely worth the money, both in beauty and in
feel. Since a piano is something you have to constantly touch in order to play,
we have always known we would prefer ivory to the plastic that was on there, and
this ivory is truly elegant stuff.
So, we congratulate you on a beautiful and totally professional restoration. If you ever need our testimonial towards any other customer, you will get one that sounds exactly like what I have just written. Nikki and I thank you.
Steinway M completed 9/05
Steinway B completed 4/2004 with new board, bridges, action and ivory keys. The lid stick is custom made for this piano.
The following picture is of a Steinway B, 1918 board constructed 1/2007. Letter of appreciation by a pianist follows these pictures.
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the opportunity to play the Steinway B you rebuilt. The new soundboard had fine tone throughout - the bass had resonating depth even at p and the treble had clarity AND lyric, singing tone. I appreciated how fully developed and rich the sound was, how well the voicing brought out the capabilities of the new soundboard. This was a delightful contrast to the muffled, inarticulate sounds I've found in new Steinway Bs. The soundboard installation showed the care you took to assure such resonance, with equal attention for durability and longevity. The pedals were precise, soundless, and well-anchored and the ivory keys gave the right feel (not too slippery, not too sticky). The action, too, was soundless. No clicking. And no key gaps to catch a finger nail in need of a file touch-up! I enjoyed the geometric balance of the beautifully restored keys/action. As you know, my hands are sensitive to friction, heaviness, sluggishness in actions because of injury and I found your action responsive and a quick pleasure to internalize. The technical elements finely supported the musicality of the instrument - no guessing about what the instrument MIGHT be (which is all too often the case) because you gave the instrument the attention to detail that brought it to a truly-realized musical level. I would have enjoyed playing it for much longer - the taste of the range and responsiveness of the piano made me want to explore, investigate, experiment - and experience its musical personality more fully. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to appreciate your craftsmanship and to enjoy how well you realized the potential of the instrument! When I searched for a piano a few years ago, I was hoping to find a B like yours...but nothing was even close. J. B. Forbes