David Shepherd Coots

Artisan Piano Tuning & Service

FAQ about Pianos

How to care for your piano

How often should I have my piano tuned?

Twice a year is standard, once a year is minimum.

Where is the ideal placement in the house?

An inside wall is best, away from windows and air vents, including intake vents.

How do I help my piano in the Winter months?

In Chicago it is best to provide humidity in the room in the Winter months while the heater is on.

For more hard to handle situations a Technician may install a humidity control system on the piano itself.

Why must I tune at least once a year if my piano doesn't sound too bad?

Pianos must be regularly tuned because they drop in overall pitch over time.

Mine are the eyes of a composer, too.



"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."
--Wassily Kandinsky

I am a chosen Tuner for Yamaha Corporation Int.. I am former Chief Technician with Loyola University, DFPA Chicago.

I am the on-site tuner/tech for 20th Century Fox-Empire

I am former Chief Tech/Tuner for Grand Piano Haus in Skokie, IL..

My list of Clientele over the years include Chick Corea, Danilo Perez, George Lepauw and the Int Beethoven Project,                             JK Lim, Constellation, Links Hall, Elastic Arts, Delmark Records, Hubbard St Dance Company, Space Evanston, Anthony Molinaro, Delia Suratt, University of Chicago, Northwestern Univ., Harper College, Jan Williams School of Music, Columbia College, New Trier Township, Steve Winwood, Raul Malo, Desmond Child, John Painter, Phil Joel, Todd Rungren, Jeff Coffin, Tom T Hall, Kim Williams, Jade Simmons, Kid Rock

*Photo by Jeff Coffin

About me


I'm passionate about giving back to the music community.

Tuning, regulating, restoring pianos is an Art and Passion to me and therefore I am painting my masterpiece on every piano.

*Photo by Paul Crisanti

Always tuning by ear since 1993