Larry Fine, publisher and editor and advertising director, is author of The Piano Book. A Registered Piano Technician, Fine has been involved in the piano industry for 35 years.

Dr. Owen Lovell, piano review editor

Steve Cohen, contributing editor and piano industry consultant

Julie Gallagher, Harry St. Ours, design and production

Del Fandrich, Sally Phillips, acoustic piano technical consultants

Alden Skinner, digital piano technical consultant

Richard Lehnert, copyeditor


Other contributors to the current issue:

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

Willie Chen, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Irvine, has taught piano in Southern California since 2002. Chen is a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

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

Stephen Fortner has been a keyboardist since early childhood and has played professionally since age 14. He was technical editor of Keyboard magazine from 2006 to 2009, its editor in chief from 2009 through 2015, and remains a regular contributor. He has since founded Fortner Media, a content and strategy firm serving the musical instrument and consumer technology industries.

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.

Dr. Owen Lovell is Piano Buyer’s Piano Review Editor, and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He can be reached at [email protected].

Sally Phillips has worked in virtually every aspect of the piano industry over the past 35 years: service, retail, wholesale, and manufacturing in her role as a piano technician. Phillips lives in Georgia and works throughout the southeastern U.S. She can be contacted at [email protected].

Derek Scally has been Berlin correspondent for the Irish Times since 2000. This article arose from his own hunt for a new upright piano, research that opened a door into the 21st-century world of German, Chinese, silent, and globalized pianos. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Alden Skinner has been 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, has been a piano technician for 35 years. His piano-service business is based in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia and New York City. His private clientele includes concert artists Keith Jarrett, Fred Hersch, Eugene Albulescu, and many other professional musicians. In addition to offering regular, full piano service, Solliday specializes in custom touch designs. He can be reached at

Christopher Storch, RPT, is an acoustician with experience in the areas of architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control, and environmental noise abatement. He can be reached at [email protected].




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