Necessity is the mother of invention. In 1973 I purchaesed my first piano while attending Oakland University compliment from Uncle Sam on the GI bill. An anemic budget made me quite frugel. So, instead of hiring a piano tuner I became one. With the money it would have cost me for a tuning, I purchased some tools and books. That was the beginning.
I proceeded to practise tuning my own piano for the next year until I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in December of 1974. Joining the Piano Technicians Guild was the next logical step. That proved to be a great decision and I started my "real-world" education. I learned about the intricacies of pianos, how to cultivate a client base and meeting key people in the industry. McGuire Piano Service (the original name) began to grow. The idea of honing skills, building a client base and meeting the movers and shakersof the industry proved to be a steady growth strategy.
The 1980s was a great decade for us. I took care of most of the recording studio pianos in Southeast Michigan. I had a huge home service business and many churches and schools on my clientele list.
We had already began to rebuild actions, restring and refinish pianos by then. Through our esteemed local Steinway dealer I became a Steinway concert tuner/voicer. Business was so good that I found myself with little time for my family or myself. This stimulated me to make a major change in the business, thus The Maestro's Piano was formed. I began buying and selling used Steinways.
By the mid 1990s a network of piano rebuilders, dealers, technicians and teachers was in place. Since then and until now the name of the business became "Maestro's Music International". We buy Steinways all over the USA and sell them all over the world.