Keeping the U in Tune

Keeping pianos in tune is no small task. It requires a specific skill set and a deep understanding of how to adjust and fine-tune each piano’s individual sound. Lassonde Studios resident Alon Meir has these skills and started his own piano tuning business. Alon Meir Piano Tuning services pianos throughout Salt Lake, including the piano on the first floor of Lassonde.

Meir’s inspiration to start a piano tuning business began when he realized how expensive it was to have his own piano tuned. “I was already so far into it and so convinced that I could learn to tune pianos that I just decided that I’m going to do this,” he said. “The amount of hours I had to put into it, it kind of had to become a business,” he added.

Running a business while being a student can be challenging. Still, Meir explains that owning a service-based business like his makes it easier to balance both.

“It’s really convenient, actually, with this business because I’m the only employee and the owner. All of my work is shaped around my schedule,” he said.

Meir acknowledges that the piano technician industry is unique and there isn’t much room to stand out. However, he said having a website and a Google business page has been a hit with his clients. “A good 10-15% of my clients have told me their piano tuner just retired or passed away, and there aren’t a lot of people learning trades like this anymore,” he added.

Meir’s passion, skill, and innovative approach to business have made him stand out in the industry. Whether you’re a professional pianist or a casual player, finding a reliable and skilled piano tuner like Meir is essential to keep your instrument sounding its best.

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About the Author:

Sean Andrews Sean is studying marketing at the University of Utah. He grew up in Reno, Nevada. Sean’s favorite things include skiing and rock climbing.

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