"I have a unique and very old piano that I truly love, but it began having problems that I feared might be irreparable. Don got things working again in a short amount of time, then returned to more thoroughly address the issue with the hammers so that it would not have the problem for a while, and we have planned for him to redo the [damper] felts and reshape the hammers when it is convenient for me later this year. All of this was at a very reasonable price, and Don was a pleasure to meet and watch work. Thank you!" — L.P., Springfield, VT
“Thank you, Don, for your service on our piano. Not only were you diligent and professional, but I appreciated your follow up and advice regarding my interest in another piano.” — C. G. Rutland, VT.
“Smokeshire Piano tuning service was responsive, pleasant and professional. Excellent service!” — G.D., Chester, VT.
“The service was exceptional!! Don arrived right as scheduled and proceeded to evaluate what was needed to bring our heirloom piano back in tune. He also explained the need for some additional work that was needed for [the action] and keys. We plan to have that work done as soon as we return home. In addition he was able to provide some historical background on our piano, that was very interesting. Highly recommend this technician.” — B.E., Weston, VT.
“Don … completed the much needed repair of the Whiting Library’s piano. The library is extremely grateful for this generous service to the community.” — Whiting Library, Chester, VT.
“Don zeroed in on what was wrong with my piano and went on a search for a hard-to-find gadget that made the pedal work. My piano is now a joy.” — A.T., Keene, NH
“We highly recommend Smokeshire Piano Service. Don worked on our secondhand piano and brought it back to sounding & playing like new! We especially appreciate his attention to detail and willingness to work until the job is done.” — J.T. and C. T., Chester, VT
“I was in need of a piano tuner/technician and I am so happy to have found Don Dalton. He is professional, courteous, and painstaking in his work. I now have a piano tuner I can rely on.” — A.S., Alstead, NH
“I want to report that I've been playing my piano all morning and loving the changes. Wow. Just wow. Near tears...the old upright that I've always wanted: one with character AND yet beautifully playable . I've been blaming myself for never being able to learn certain fast passages well enough, but I actually think it's been the piano's rough action holding me back...to some degree at least. Ha! Thank you for your knowledge, skill, and patience. You've transformed my piano from a chore to play into a joy!” — J.A., Springfield, VT
“We acquired this piano 30 years ago and it played poorly and defied our efforts to find someone capable and willing to tune such an old piano. We read about Don and called him in to give it another try. Don took up the challenge. He worked diligently to overhaul the piano and brought it back to life. He was a pleasure to work with and we would recommend him without reservation for any piano tuning project. We are extremely pleased with the results.” — T.M. and A.M., Landgrove, VT Don’s note: this was a circa 1875 square grand piano that I installed new hammers and dampers on, and did a complete regulation and tuning.
Names of above references provided on request.