As a recording studio that has many clients performing all
types of music, we need to have the condition and tuning of
our Steinway maintained to the highest standard. We don't
really allow anyone but Rob work on the piano and he has
proven to be an excellent craftsman, as well as being
reasonably priced and accomodating to our hectic schedule.
When clients ask who tunes our piano, they are always glad
to know it's Rob.
Jackie and Dave Kaspersin
Dynamic Recording Studio
Robert Edwardsen has been a hard-working, very professional
member of our team here at the University for nineteen years.
We are always extremely satisfied withhis responsiveness,
accessibility, and the quality of service he provides.
Our 50+ pianos are in great shape, thanks to Rob! Whether
it's piano tuning, repair,rebuilding, or refinishing, we can
depend on Rob for excellent service andcraftsmanship that is
second to none. He is a good friend of the Music
Department, and a great person to work with.
Concert Manager at the University of Rochester
It has been a pleasure to benefit from Rob Edwardsen¹s expertise for over 20
years. We were privileged in the 1980¹s to have Rob as a piano teacher for
all three of our children who he inspired to make classical music an
important part of their lives. In another venue, Rob distinguished himself
as an insightful and meticulous tuner of our pianos both at our home and at
work. He has always been reliable, punctual, professional in demeanor and a
pleasure to work with. He is a demanding and talented craftsman who has
rebuilt two pianos for us (a Chickering and a Steinway A) transforming them into
beautiful instruments which we have been blessed to have in our home. Rob is
an incomparable craftsman and a talented musician in his own right. In
brief, I would entrust our piano to no other person and it is a pleasure to
give Rob my highest recommendation.
Webster H. Pilcher, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Rochester Medical Center
This year will be my 25th year in Rochester, and at the Eastman School of Music.
During most of this time, Rob Edwardsen has maintained my pianos first a Kawai KG1
that my wife (also a pianist) and I brought with us from Texas, and, for the last
eleven years, a Schimmel Concert Chamber (6’10") Grand. He’s done a terrific job
with regular tuning of both pianos. Moreover, since he’s worked with the Schimmel
since it was new, I’ve very much appreciated his adjustment of the Renner action and
his sensitive voicing of the instrument. He’s also rescued some rather marginal
instruments that I was committed to play, which certainly made those gigs much more
pleasurable. And I owe him many thanks (as do my students, indirectly) for our
conversations about tuning and historical temperaments over the years. I recommend
Rob enthusiastically for piano tuning, voicing and general maintenance at the
Professor of Music Theory and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Jazz Studies
and Contemporary Media, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.
Rob Edwardsen began tuning my upright piano in 1988 when we first moved to Rochester.
I told him how much I wanted a grand piano, and asked him to please let me know if he
heard of a good one for sale at a price we could afford. Over the years as he tuned
our piano once or twice a year, I would ask him about this, but nothing in our price
range came up.
Finally in May of 2006 I got the call Rob had found an old 1905 Weber grand piano
available through an estate sale. He said it was a terrific piano, and we took his
word for it, because it sounded terrible and looked even worse! It had been neglected
for decades. Rob assured us that he could restore it to its former glory, so we decided
to trust him and agreed to purchase the piano for $350 and let him work on it.
By Christmas, we had a "brand new" piano, complete with new strings, a perfect finish,
and the most amazing sound you could imagine. The cost of restoration was worth every
penny, and now we have a great-sounding, gorgeous instrument that we play daily.
Not only that, but Rob continues to service the piano for no extra charge, because new
strings go out of tune quickly. He even fixed a small nick in the finish! We had the
piano appraised for insurance purposes and learned that it is worth three times more than
we paid to have it restored.
I was so excited to have a new piano that I was inspired, after eight years of living here,
to remove the ugly old wallpaper in our living room and paint it myself. I bought several
lamps and rearranged the furniture, and voila! We have a whole new space!
Thanks, Rob, for making it possible for us to look forward to a lifetime of making
The piano arrived safely last Thursday. It looks wonderful.
I really appreciate everything from you at every step of the process. It was a big
decision for me and while I still need to do a little arranging in my
smallish apartment to give this beautiful instrument justice, for players
and listeners, it is great to have it here. I do have alot of music, most
beyond my ability, but ironically I received an unsolicited piece of mail
last week -- 50 great pianos pieces, some of which look pretty
manageable for me! In the meantime, it has reminded me of many happy
memories of both my parents and friends playing, and some painful ones of
my own practicing (ask Sr. Beverly Jones :)).
I hope our paths cross again. Please feel free to give my name as a pleased client
should the opportunity arise.
Academic Department Administrator
Department of Music
621 Dodge Hall - MC 1813
New York, New York 10027