About ten years ago, “my piano tuner” shocked me with the news of his retirement. I had to find a new technician – comparable to finding a new family physician – they are rare and have to know what they are doing!
Fortunately, I followed through on a recommendation to try Mark Calkhoven who has capably and efficiently taken great care of my lovely Yamaha grand ever since. The same care and attention has been appreciated by my granddaughter as she prepares for her grade ten piano examination. Mark has also regulated both of our instruments with “singing” results.
Having been a piano teacher in Calgary for many years, I am frequently asked to recommend a “good tuner” and I happily pass on Mark’s business card, knowing my pupil’s pianos will be in good hands.
As Mark and his piano teacher wife raise their own young family, I now have no fear of loosing such an important person to my piano studio as I near retirement myself! Thank you, Mark, for always being available to answer questions from me and my student families regarding purchases of new and used pianos.
Friendly, prompt and efficient describe Mark's work at Calkhoven Piano Tuning.
I've lost track of how many years Mark has tuned my piano. Over 15 years, I think. My whole family calls on Mark to tune their pianos. No complaints, whatsoever. He'll drive anywhere in the city as well as the surrounding area (e.g., Okotoks, High River, Strathmore).
A few years ago, Mark added piano repairs and refurbishing to his services. He came over quickly when I busted one of my strings when practicing a tricky part a little too viciously. Seriously though, he can handle a complete piano refurbishing, not just broken strings.
If you need a height-adjustable piano footstool, Mark's your man. Well-crafted and much more affordable than what you'd get at some music retailers.
If you're looking to buy a used piano, you can call Mark to inspect it (you know, like getting a mechanic to look over a used car).
Mark is a Registered Piano Tuner and has served on the Board for the Piano Technicians' Guild.
Rhona-Mae Arca, B.A., B.Mgt., A.R.C.T.
Registered Music Teacher