Aaron Shackleford - Director
For me, the piano is one of civilisation's most interesting inventions. My interest was captured when, as a young child, I lifted the top lid of the family piano and saw how the hammers hit the strings when I pressed the keys. This action and the sound that it produced was and still is, truly remarkable.I started working on pianos as a teenager in 1984. I was fortunate to begin my career with Wayne Stuart, who is now recognised as one of the world's great piano makers through his Stuart and Sons concert grands. I have also learned from master technicians such as Yoji Suzuki (Yamaha), Max Matthias (Steinway Hamburg), Franz Mohr (Steinway New York) and Gerhard Felmann (Bösendorfer) as well as piano designer Mark Allen and Nicholas Rogé, an early piano restorer and maker. Keith Hill and Pietor Zimmerman enabled me to explore further aspects of acoustics and the instrument making process.
|In this line of work I am very lucky to meet people who share my passion for the piano. Some of these are technicians and professional concert pianists who demand the best that an instrument can deliver. As well as working with the technicians listed above, I have also collaborated with concert pianists such as Pascal Rogé, Andreas Staier, Piers Lane, Nikolai Demidenko, Roger Woodwood, Christina Ortiz, Mike Oldfield, and Barry Douglas.
I similarly enjoy working with people who make their living doing "a day job" but who love the piano just as much as the professionals. In short, I value meeting all types of people and sharing their love of the piano.
I can proudly say that my interest and education in pianos is lifelong. My main objective is to make you extremely happy with your piano and your music.
|Please feel free to call in to our offices at any time to chat to Aaron about pianos and your requirements.|
Andy Mayo - Cabinet Maker and French Polisher
Andy Mayo is our dedicated cabinetmaker and repairer. Andy has over 35 years of experience in the trade and has worked with antique and modern furniture.
Many times during the restoration process we find pianos missing pieces of mouldings (the decorative trim found on cabinet parts), badly chipped or dented parts needing remaking or repairing, cracked wooden parts needing gluing, shimming (filling the crack with another piece of wood). Andy skillfully repairs, remakes, replaces any of these parts. In fact, he does such a good job it’s difficult to tell there’s ever been anything wrong with the piano!
Andy has repaired fire damage, water damage, impact damage and these repairs are always perfect!We are also very lucky should we need anything remaking out of iron or steel, as one of Andy’s hobbies is metallurgy. He can make beautiful jewellery or even armour!
|Please feel free to call in to our workshop at any time to visit Andy and view his work.|
Martin Houghton - Piano Technician
Martin is one of those amazing people who can do anything well after being shown once. He comes from a background of being a chef so brings the hard work ethic with him that can only be learned in the high pressure world of commercial cooking. Martin is one of the main team members of our restoration team.
Martin lives in Macclesfield and is well known in the local commuity for his talents as a pool and darts player! He loves to watch his beloved Manchester United and is the proud father of three children.
Martin loves the diversity of piano restoration and the different challenges that are faced with working on each piano.
|Please feel free to call in to our workshop at any time to visit Martin and view his work.|
Damian Kubiak - Piano Technician
Damian Kubiak is from Wroblew a small village near Lodz in Poland. He started working with pianos in 2003 with Schimmel (Vogel) and from there moved on to work for Calisia where he specialised in final concert preparation of the company's grand pianos. Damian then worked for Steinway Warsaw, where he worked for the company's concert hire division with a role of concert piano tuning and preparation.
Damian is our head piano technician and enjoys the different designs and problems the different makes of pianos present to him. When he's not working on pianos Damian enjoys riding his motorbike, swimming, playing basketball and tennis, and spending time with his daughter and his partner.
|Please feel free to call in to our workshop at any time to visit Joe and view his work.|
Keith Flood - Cabinet Restorer, French Polisher, Furniture Polisher, Cabinet repairs and restoration, Workshop Manager
Keith has been restoring all types of furniture - from antique through to modern - for more than 20 years. He is immensely experienced with all types of paint finishes and performs work to the highest of standards.
Keith lives locally in Macclesfield and is a fan of motocross both as a spectator and a participator.
|Please feel free to call in to our workshop at any time to visit Keith and view his work.|
Clive Cox - Logistics / Restoration
Clive has many years of experience in different facets of the logistics and wood restoration industry. Clive has worked on the restoration of wooden boats and ships. From a different angle Clive is also a scuba dive master and has his football coaching certificate.
Clive is a father of two and enjoys anything out doors, scuba diving, mountaineering, walking and cycling.
|Please feel free to call in to our workshop at any time to talk to Clive about his work.|
Jon Hanson - Logistics
Jon has been moving pianos for over 30 years, he comes from a family that have always been involved in the piano industry and it is with true love that he embraces his profession.
In his spare time Jon keeps a beautiful aquarium, enjoys swimming, darts, shooting pool, and karaoke. He is a true Manchester United fan.
The thing Jon loves most about dealing with pianos is the people he come in contact with – “piano people are the most interesting”
|Jon is happy to advise on any aspect of moving pianos|
Grzegorz Lisocki - Logistics
Greg is a valuable part of our transport team and he brings with him vast knowledge of the European transport system, piano removals, logistics, and motor mechanics.
In his spare time Greg enjoys walking, exploring caves and castles, and enjoys supporting the Polish national football team and GUS Katowice.
The thing Greg loves most about dealing with pianos is the friends he has made and being part of a vibrant team.
Greg has a son and two daughters.
|Greg is happy to advise on any aspect of moving pianos|
Nicolas Demaille - Piano Tuner / Technician, Workshop Supervisor
Nicolas's work history is diverse and interesting. He’s restored historical houses, doing work that included stone masonry. He also worked in his family business restoring wooden floors and has played pianos in theatres for silent film and marionettes (puppeteers). Since starting work with pianos Nicolas has worked in France and Portugal.
Nicolas’s hobbies include surfing, piano playing, cooking, and reading.
Nicolas comes from Quimper, Brittany in France and a family of 5 children.
|Please feel free to call in to our workshop at any time to talk to Nicolas about his work.|
All prices are in GBP