Wearing His Other Hat
Pianist Ron Thompson was in Oysterville yesterday dressed in casual clothes rather than a tux as he was at our House Concert last month. On this trip, he spent his morning and mid-day with not one but two pianos, and he was wearing a different hat. Well, the hat part was figurative, not literal.
Ron-the-concert-pianist was here doing his day job as Ron-the-piano-tuner. He worked on our piano and on the one at the church which is now all ready for the summer vesper season. He said that he’ll be tuning pianos in the area for the next few days.
That news certainly didn’t come as a surprise. When the word spread at the House Concert that this magnificent performer made his living by tuning pianos, the line formed up immediately. Pianos in need seemed to be coming out of the woodwork. And there have been telephone calls and emails among us piano owners ever since.
Piano tuners are hard to come by here on the peninsula. In order to get ready for vespers each year, we’ve had to “import” someone from Chehalis or Olympia. And, even when we’ve thought that we could skip a year with our own piano, we scheduled it in to make it worth the tuner’s while. It’s not that Ron lives all that close by. He has to come from Vancouver. But his folks live in Astoria, so that helps. And three or four days’ work in one area must be a plus, as well.
As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing like the confidence that comes when you are having your piano tuned by a fine pianist – especially, as in our case, if he might be playing that very instrument before it’s tuning time again! (In the works: a gig with Ron and Brooke Flood doing some Sinatra and some show tunes. Maybe next January.) Stay tuned…