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 publication:

Ori Bukai owns and operates Allegro Pianos in Stamford, Connecticut, which specializes in the sale of new and restored high-end pianos. 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

Delwin D. Fandrich has worked as a piano tuner, rebuilder, researcher, designer, and builder for over five decades. He has served as principal design and technical consultant for leading pianomakers worldwide. Fandrich has presented technical classes and seminars around the world, and has authored numerous technical articles in the Piano Technicians Journal. He can be reached at [email protected].

David G. Hughes, RPT, has been a piano technician and rebuilder for more than 40 years. He regularly instructs at both regional seminars and national conventions of the Piano Technicians Guild. In 2001 he founded Vintage Case Parts, a firm specializing in the manufacture of classic Steinway furniture components for the rebuilding trade. He can be reached at

Stuart Isacoff is an award-winning writer, pianist, composer and lecturer who performs and lectures across North America and Europe. He is the author of When the World Stopped to Listen (Knopf, 2017), as well as the highly acclaimed A Natural History of the Piano (Knopf, 2011) and Temperament (Knopf/Vintage, 2003). His website is

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

Since 1982, Karen E. Lile has been co-owner, with Kendall Ross Bean, of Piano Finders, a San Francisco Bay–area piano appraisal, brokerage, and rebuilding firm. See their website at

George Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music-software developer. He is the coauthor of several musical applications for iPad, Mac and PC, including SuperScore Music, Home Concert Xtreme, Classroom Maestro, and Internet MIDI. These applications work with technology-equipped pianos and are available from TimeWarp Technologies.

Over the past 35 years, piano technician Sally Phillips has worked in virtually every aspect of the piano industry: service, retail, wholesale, and manufacturing. In her role as a concert-piano technician, she has tuned and prepared pianos for concert and recording work in such venues as Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic. At present, Phillips lives in Georgia and works throughout the southeastern U.S. She can be contacted at [email protected].

Bill Shull, RPT, M. Mus., restrung his first piano at age 15, and for 38 years has maintained a piano service business, including a small rebuilding shop, in southern California. Shull founded the Period Piano Center,, to promote the conservation of transitional-modern pianos, support research projects such as the early-Steinway documentation project, exhibit representative pianos, and develop an online database of historic pianos at

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

Chris Storch, RPT, is an acoustician with 25 years’ experience in the areas of architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control, and environmental noise abatement. Some of the more prominent projects on which he has consulted include Verizon Hall, in Philadelphia; Sibelius Hall, in Lahti, Finland; LG Arts Center, in Seoul, South Korea; and Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, in Appleton, Wisconsin. 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].

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

Russ Vitt is owner of Modern Piano Moving, the country’s first door-to-door nationwide piano mover. The company has warehouse locations throughout the U.S., with headquarters in Sullivan, Missouri. For additional information, see its website at