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"Just wanted to say, great job. Piano is playing brilliantly now and your guys were superb." 

Stephen Hendersen 

"Hi there,  Just wanted to email to say how happy we are with the piano delivered this morning. It is a really great little piano and the two delivery men were fantastic. So helpful and friendly despite their early start this morning! The entire process from order to delivery has been exceptional which is really rare these days. I would strongly recommend your company to anyone looking for great reconditioned pianos. Thanks" 


"Hello, Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you to the guys that collected the piano this morning - they were both brilliant. They were polite and handled it with great care and were very respectful regards the property. A Please pass my comments on to the director. A pleasure to deal with you. Many thanks again."


"They really helped me out and they were even early on arrival when it was blowing a Siberian blizzard!! Top service!!"


"The Ehrbar is sensational, what a piano! It looks and plays sensationally! A great big thank you." 

Rodney Challinor, Jersey Ehrbar and Bechstein Restoration

"I have played many pianos in my life, and it is very rare to find a piano with such perfectly even touch and tone. I cannot keep my hands off of it!" 

Dr Olga Thomas-Bosovskaya, London, UK Steinway Model O

"I'm a real fan of yours, my piano has never been so nice, thank you." 

David Cainer, Knutsford, UK Yamaha Grand Piano

"Perfect, just the way I want it." 

Thom Petty, Bristol, UK Schimmel 121

"I love it, my Bechstein deserves pride of place in our home, it is beautiful, it is exactly what I wanted!" 

Jane Ferris, Alderley Edge, UK Bechstein Piano Restoration

"It's beautiful, we really love it, thank you so much." 

Sally Moakes, Wilmslow, UK Broadwood Piano Restoration

"The piano arrived safely and earlier than I expected - which was lovely surprise. I can't believe how good it sounds in our living room, even better than in your showroom. I know it is an upright piano, but it feels like I'm playing a grand piano. If I hadn't found your website, I would have ended up buying wrong piano. I'm so grateful that you helped me. Thanks again." 

Yuko Greatrex, Stoke on Trent, UK

"I'm absolutely chuffed, over the moon! I can't believe how well my piano sounds and plays!" 

Simon Davidson, of Radcliffe, UK

"G'day Aaron . . I'm in heaven since the delivery of the Steinway grand piano you have so carefully and lovingly restored. From early school days I dreamed that one day I would own a grand piano of quality and you have made it possible. I was so impressed with your previous work and the detailed attention you gave to my upright Schimmel [and see below] that I did not hesitate accepting your advice regarding the purchase of the 1935/36 Model O Grand Piano. You were able to work within my budget to buy the piano, re-polish the case and totally restore the rest of the piano. Well, several months later I am sat at the piano, not quite believing I own a Steinway. It looks superb and the range of expression is terrific, from the very softest whisper to the thrilling fff and huge bass that is distinctive of a Steinway. The sound is simply wonderful! Many, many thanks indeed." 

John Bullough, Organist/Director of Music, St John the Baptist Church, of Rochdale, UK

"Thank you, Aaron, for making my piano sing again!" 

Sebastian de Ferrante of Henbury Hall, UK


Paul Kilvington, jazz pianist, of Poynton, UK

"I had many people look at my Bechstein piano to try and rectify its severe problems of touch and tone. You performed amazing work and now my piano gives me continuous pleasure."

Rozmarijn Larssens of Mechelen, Belgium

"Just a line or two to say a big thank you for transforming my new Schimmel piano from that of a rough "honky-tonk", harsh sounding instrument into that of a sensitive, subtle and beautiful one now capable of great expression. It's hard to believe that a reputable Manchester-based music shop could sell and despatch a piano in such a bad state. Indeed, six visits by them in twelve months achieved little improvement. Thank heavens I discovered you, and after your inspection and careful regulation, tuning and voicing I now have an instrument worthy of the name Schimmel. I am so pleased and impressed." 

John Bullough, Organist/Director of Music, St John the Baptist Church, of Rochdale, UK

"I have always felt my Steinway piano could offer me more in tone quality and resonance. I'm so glad to have had you work on my piano, it is now exactly how I always wanted and expected it to be!" 

Bernard Griepinck of Meise, Belgium

"For years I have hankered after a good quality piano. I am a rock/jazz musician, so usually have to put up with digital sounds/samplers. Whilst on holiday in France this year . . . [I came across] an 1883 'A' model Steinway (built in Hamburg). I was in love. Before parting with a very large amount of cash, I wanted to ensure that the instrument was everything it seemed to be. I was fortunate to make contact with Aaron Shackleford, who is a very knowledgeable piano restorer from the North West of England. Within two weeks Aaron had agreed to travel . . . [to France] and examine the Steinway. Aaron knows his pianos, and gave me confidence to go ahead and make the purchase, making me the proud owner of the piano of my dreams. He verified the serial number/history of the instrument and the quality of the restoration, and went over all the various parts with a fine-tooth comb. All done without a hitch  . . . Thanks Aaron, much appreciated." 

Ian Machin, rock and jazz musician, of Portsmouth, UK

"Thanks for coming as punctual as always. The sound and tone of the piano sounds absolutely lovely now after you tuned it and did your usual enhancements to the instrument. As you know this is very important for [my daughter as] she is playing Grade 8 and above pieces." 

Nigel Humphreys of Walkden, UK

"I'm very pleased to have met you: you clearly are a skilled piano technician. . . . You told me exactly what needed doing and did it quickly and efficiently. The piano is now much more responsive and really well regulated. Thank you very much. Oh yes, and because you are such an efficient worker, your charges are extremely reasonable." 

Jeremy Plummer, Music Director of St Margaret's Anglican Church, Prestwich, UK

"The positive difference you made to that Bechstein piano was amazing." 

Walter Vergaelen, conductor and pianist, of Mechelen, Belgium

"A really excellent job, evenly voiced and with real attention to the feel at the keyboard." 

Paul Plummer, concert accompanist, of Vienna, Austria

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