Welcome to Ralph Thorn Pianos
Piano Service Since 1975 – Piano Rebuilding and Tuning – Historic Instrument Specialist
Serving London, Strathroy and surrounding counties of Middlesex and Lambton (Ontario, Canada)
Please explore this site! View the Portfolio page to learn about piano interiors and our rebuilding work.
March 2022 Update
As we once again start to open up I will continue to operate as if we are still in a pandemic, wearing a hospital-grade mask within customers homes and observing personal distancing out of respect for everyones’ health.
I provide tuning and repair service to all makes and conditions of pianos, and have a large purpose-built workshop fully equipped to provide every aspect of piano rebuilding except cabinet refinishing.
After working full time as a piano technician for forty-five years I have decided to hand over my piano maintenance clients within the city of London to younger and very qualified technicians, graduates of the Piano Technology course at Western University (UWO). At this time I am not taking on any new clients within London city, although I will continue to service outlying areas as well as Strathroy.
I am available to advise via email on future work or purchase or sales of pianos. Feel free to contact me about piano maintenance questions and for referrals to other technicians who may be able to assist.
Thank you for visiting my website. I will update my photos soon.
Feature photo above, July 2019: Heintzman model A upright built in 1909, action rebuilt by Ralph Thorn Pianos. Moths and beetles had damaged most felt and cloth components, thus requiring a very comprehensive rebuilding of all mechanical aspects. All felt, cloth and leather parts in the action and keyboard were replaced, only the original wood and metal remained. A rebuilt piano can look like new, sound and play like new. The four piano players in the house are very happy! Below are two more photos of the same project.
Background photo: Strings of a 1880’s square grand rebuilt by Ralph Thorn
Website design by Tana Cook, 2014