Brooklyn-based piano technician James Carney specializes in the tuning, repair, regulation, voicing, and maintenance of all pianos, from high-end concert grands to “Craigslist giveaways.” He can assist in pre-purchase evaluations of pianos, and can also help his clients navigate the complexities involved in any given piano search, for both new and used instruments.
As an acclaimed professional pianist, improviser, and composer himself, James Carney brings a deep awareness of the needs of performing pianists to his work in the field of piano tuning and technology. He has developed a reputation for problem solving and critical listening skills, and can work with the most discriminating pianists in all areas of the touch and tone of an instrument. He also brings a deep sense of ethical business practices to his work, always placing the needs and best interests of his clients first.
In the mid 1990s James Carney began to do tuning touchups on pianos at home and while performing on the road. He also began learning about the inner workings of the acoustic piano at this time. This long-standing interest eventually inspired James to turn pro and share his passion for piano technology with others.
Trained as a field technician for internationally known Allegro Pianos based in Stamford, CT and New York, NY, James Carney has gained unusually extensive experience prepping, tuning, regulating and voicing highest quality new European and Japanese piano makes such as Bösendorfer, Blüthner, Steingraeber, August Förster, Estonia, Shigeru Kawai and Kawai. He also has great familiarity with other respected piano brands such as Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Baldwin, Yamaha, and many others.
James Carney tunes and maintains instruments for a number of famous clients, recording studios, and discriminating musicians in the New York City area. He continually upgrades his knowledge and skills by attending conventions and workshops sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild, and approaches the complex field of piano tuning, regulation, repair, and voicing as an art form. Carney has also been a guest contributor to the well-known “Piano Buyer” publications from author Larry Fine, who selected Carney to tune, play, and review new grand pianos on the market for the Fall 2010 edition of “Piano Buyer.”
James Carney is a certified Dampp-Chaser™ humidity control system installer, and he is available as a technician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester & Nassau Counties, and certain areas of New Jersey and Connecticut.