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Our founding father, Jim Sr. a professional musician, played French horn with the San Francisco Symphony from 1956 to 1985. He apprenticed with Bay Area piano tuning legend Peter Wolford and began a part-time piano service in 1957. Jim Sr.'s love of music and pianos seems to have influenced his four sons, all devoted to the business, as well as his four daughters, all accomplished musicians. John Callahan John, the Owner/ Operator of Callahan Piano Service since 1975, is a member of the Piano Technicians Guild and received the highest classification of Registered Piano Technician in 1978. Under his guidance, Callahan Piano Service has grown to be the largest piano service organization in the San Francisco Bay Area with over 6, 000 customers including numerous churches, recording studios, recital halls, and musicians. Click here for a Special Message from John Callahan. "One of John Callahan's great qualities, apart from his redoubtable skills as a restorer, is to be able to communicate the often arcane intricacies of piano repair to the non-expert without its ever feeling as if he is talking down to you. He generously reviewed the parts of my manuscript for "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank" that dealt with the technical details of tuning and repairing, gently steering me in a direction that made the fundamental principles clearer both to me and to my readers. He's a true teacher with an unbounded passion for his subject. No wonder his customers are so loyal! " ( read more ) -- Thad Carhart, author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank Jim Jr. is President of Piedmont Piano Company, located in Oakland, California. This is the sales side of the Callahan family piano business and features fine quality new and used Yamaha, Fazioli, Steinway, Pleyel, and other fine pianos. Rentals, as well as digital pianos, are also available. Michael Callahan Michael operated his own piano service in the South Bay Area from 1982 to 1990. Since joining Callahan Piano Service he has specialized in concert and in-home tuning, regulation, and voicing for our most discriminating clients. Matt Callahan Matt, who "grew up with a tuning hammer in his hand", has occasionally left the family business for stints as an actor, musician, stand-up comic, and singer. He has been back with us full-time since 1995, servicing pianos in the home, yet he still finds time for sailing on the bay in his Islander 36, Gypsy, and performing with the Lamplighters. Although not technically a Callahan, Steve has been with us since 1978. He is a Master Piano Re-builder and our shop foreman. Steve is also a professional pianist, singer, and songwriter, and in 1998 was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. Click here for more on Steve: http: // Rhys, a Master Piano Re-builder with over 30 years experience, has worked closely with the Callahans for over 20 years. He rejoined our company full-time in 2000 and, together with Shop Foreman Steve Willis, is responsible for the incredible action and belly work being done in our workshop. Douglas joined us in 2002, and has 15 years experience in all facets of piano service and rebuilding, and is one of the certified Stanwood PTD installers in the shop. He has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
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