We are not currently accepting any new appointments until the second week of January. You may still use our online scheduler to book your future piano service. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope to see you in 2021.
No Portland area piano technician has a wider range of experience.
Portland's only Certified Master Piano Technician!
I have no more than 3 appointments per day. Unlike other piano tuners who may rush through 5 or more 45-minute-long tunings per day, I take my time and pay attention to the entire piano. My grandfather/mentor taught me that one of the differences between a good tuning and a great tuning is an additional 20 minutes. I schedule short breaks between my tunings - would you rather a hire a tuner who is fresh for each tuning, or one who is doing his or her 6th hurried tuning of the day?
I strive to be punctual, professional, and to bring your piano up to it's potential. Every piano is as important to me as a concert performance piano. I want you to be 100% satisfied!
Joe began his apprenticeship under his grandfather Allen "Smokey" Burd in Jefferson City, MO when he was just a boy. At age 18, he started full-time in the profession and has enjoyed 33 years as a piano tuner. He has a wide range of experience, including having been on staff at Truman State University, a tech for two different Steinway dealers, and as the tech for the largest music store in Norway. His passion for continuous education combined with his vast experience has earned him the recognition and title of Master Piano Technician.
Joe combines a lifetime of artisanal training with the latest technologies. If you want a service that goes beyond the routine tuning, let Joe show you just how good your piano can sound.
LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE PIANO WORLD:
I hold an Extra Class Amateur Radio operators license, my callsign is KZØN.
Drum & Bugle Corps
I am an avid fan of the marching arts! I was a member of the 1988 World Champion Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.
Civil Air Patrol
I reached the rank of Captain in the Civil Air Patrol and was both the communications and personnel specialist for the Des Moines squadron. I was part of many search and rescue missions.
Boy Scouts of America
I am the former Cubmaster of Pack 27 of LaPlata, MO. Under my leadership, we went from 2 to 31 members in a 3 year period of time. Although I did not make it to Eagle myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the 6 years that I spent with Troop 10 of Jefferson City, one of the oldest Boy Scouts Troops in existence. Philmont was one of the highlights of my formative years.
I have performed in a number of groups; as bassist for the heavy rock band Dresden Style, to keyboard and trumpet player for the experimental band Wych Elm, to playing trumpet in classical music ensemble.
Vienna Boys Choir, Ben Folds, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian National Opera, The Louisville Orchestra, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Jinjoo Cho, Chick Corea, Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, The Manhattan Transfer, Paul Anka, Missouri State Capitol Building, Truman State University, Lincoln University, Iowa State Fair, Missouri Baptist Convention, Public Schools of Jefferson City, Mexico, Moberly, Kirksville, Rolla, California, Eldon, Linn, Sedalia, Marshall, and Fulton, dozens of recording studios and venues, 100's of churches, and over 10,000 in-home customers.
Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Vancouver, and outlying areas.