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Stephen Powell
Phone: 04 476 7875

Introducing Stephen

I grew up in the Waikato and attended Wesley College in Paerata. After leaving school,
I spent a couple of years working as a piano technician in Hamilton before relocating to Auckland. In 1991 I completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Auckland University while studying performance piano and singing privately. By 1998 I was wanting to gain credentials in piano technology and decided to sit the U.S. Piano Technicians' Guild registration exams at their national convention in Providence, Rhode Island, passing at "examiner's level". Later that same year I became a registered member of the NZ guild.

I have always had a thirst for knowledge and enjoy learning. In fact, if I ever stop learning then you'd better check my pulse! I have a strong commitment to ongoing professional development and was one of the organisers of the 2011
Australasian Piano Technicians Guild conference held in
Wellington. I am on the NZ Piano Technicians Guild
committee, and try to go to every workshop that we
hold, as the workshops are a great way to learn new
techniques and maintain skills. Although the design of
pianos has not changed much in the last 120 years,
the manufacturing materials and the tools and
techniques of repair have definitely evolved.
So too, the technology available to technicians
has advanced, particularly the use of computers
and the tuning and design software. I particularly
enjoy the challenge of improving repair techniques
and have spent many hours sourcing tools and
materials. I can't understand technicians who are
happy working in solitude with little or no contact with
their profession. Ask your tuner/technician how they
keep up to date!

Although I perform all of the usual services of
a piano technician, I have a particular interest
in piano scale evaluation & design, bass
string manufacture, and player piano
rebuilding. I am also willing to carry
out appraisals of instruments in need
of repair, or those that have been
repaired by others.