Dr. Marcus W. Scholtes
Wilfrid Laurier University
"Hi Mark. Just finished playing my U7 after today's full regulation, hammer filing, voicing, and tuning. Wow. It sounds absolutely stunning! As I remember it when my folks bought it for my sister and me about 1976. Thank you for looking after it for me, and for the fantastic service."
ThePursuitof Perfectionin Piano Service....
Mark C. Veenman, Concert Technician and Craftsman in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph, Ontario
It's why I do what I do:
How, in a world of ever-increasing speed, of break-neck developments in all fields, and proliferation of throw-away goods, - how is it that the acoustic piano persists, and even flourishes? In a world of double-packaging and vacuum moulds for plastic, how can it be that piano manufacturers are actually making finely-milled parts out of wood? In a world of terabytes, Dots-Per-Square-Inch, and micro-processors, why are there craftspeople inspecting the tightness of rings in a piece of Sitka spruce?
First developed in 1700 by the Italian Cristofori, the single escapement action enabling expression was a mechanical marvel for its time. It was the perfect manifestation of the Enlightenment's relentless desire to give full voice to the emotions and expressive desires of the individual. And, true to form, they plunged head-long into making it louder, more powerful, and larger.
Additonal strings were affixed, octaves were added, tension was augmented, and a cast iron plate was appended to keep it all together. Double-escapement allowed lightning repetition. Heavier hammers increased volume and improved the tonal spectrum. Heavier scaling provided the dramatic effect so coveted by the romantic.
And the beating heart of all this cast iron, copper, steel, springs, and mediæval-like machinery is the soundboard. In a mysterious way not fully understood by acoustic physicists, the soundboard - made from carefully selected spruce grown at high altitudes, kiln-dried, and honed to precise thickness - is able to amplify and convey all the varied richness of the strings' rich overtones.
Precisely-aimed release of Bounded energy. Vibrating steel wire. Spruce amplifier:
The pure and joyous revelry of disparate materials conjoined in magical symbiosis by the inveterate craftsmanship of the piano technician....
....Now who's looking after your instrument?
Mark C. Veenman, piano technician at Apollo Piano
- I am a punctual, attentive professional who is keen to improve the piano playing experience of my clients.
- I offer complete service: tuning, historical temperaments, humidity control, regulation, voicing, and complete rebuilding.
- I service pianos for the Colleges of the University of Waterloo, Royal Conservatory of Music examinations in Waterloo, the Beckett School, Music Plus, the Cambridge Kiwanis Boys' Choir, Kiwanis festivals across the region, numerous local churches, and for countless piano owners from Waterloo and Kitchener to Cambridge, Guelph to New Hamburg, Ayr to Elmira, Campbellville to Listowel, and all points in between.