Staff & Contributors


Larry Fine, RPT, is Piano Buyer's Publisher, Editor, and Advertising Director, and author of The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano. Fine has been involved in the piano industry for more than 40 years.

Dr. Owen Lovell, Piano Review Editor, is Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College.

Steve Cohen, Contributing Editor and Piano Industry Consultant, is owner of Jason's Music Center, in Pasadena, Maryland.

Julie Gallagher, Harry St. Ours, design and production

Del Fandrich, Sally Phillips, acoustic piano technical consultants

Alden Skinner, Stephen Fortnerdigital piano technical consultants

Richard Lehnert, copyeditor


Other contributors to the current issue:

Ori Bukai is owner of Allegro Pianos in Stamford, CT.  Visit his website at www.allegropianos.

Brian Chung is Senior Vice President of Kawai America Corporation and a leading proponent of the benefits of making music. He is also a pianist, and co-author of Improvisation at the Piano: A Systematic Approach for the Classically Trained Pianist. Visit his website at

Mike Kemper is a Los Angeles-based piano technician and expert on electronic player-piano systems. He can be reached at [email protected].

Karen E. Lile is co-owner, with business partner Kendall Ross Bean, of Piano Finders, a piano rebuilding firm in the San Francisco Bay area. Since 1982, she has appraised over 3,400 pianos for celebrities, lawyers, accountants, insurance adjusters, insurance companies, estate trustees, piano dealers, universities, buyers, sellers, owners, and nonprofit organizations. She can be reached through

George Litterst ( is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music-software developer. He is the coauthor of several musical applications, including Home Concert XtremeClassroom Maestro, and Internet MIDI, all from TimeWarp Technologies.

Dave Swartz, RPT is owner of Cory Products. He can be reached through his company website,

Alden Skinner was involved in both the manufacturing and retail sides of the piano business for over 20 years. He currently holds a product management position in the telecommunications field.

Chris Solliday, RPT, services the pianos at several institutions, including Lafayette College and Lehigh University. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, and can be reached through his website at at

Chris Storch, RPT, is an acoustician with 25 years' experience in the areas of architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control, and environmental noise abatement. Storch is a 2009 graduate of the Piano Technology program at the North Bennet Street School, in Boston. He tunes and services pianos in the Boston area, and conducts research in piano acoustics in his spare time. He can be reached at [email protected].