We approach each piano tuning, repair and restoration as a unique opportunity to restore the instrument to a heightened level of playability and aesthetic perfection, and to preserve the musical instrument itself, which too often falls victim to the perils of the throw away society. Our philosophy emphasizes saving the environment by saving the piano in its acoustical form. Pianos were meant to be restored and brought back to new condition, or near new condition. By preserving this heritage, current and future generations of musicians will thus have the resources to enjoy the same level of satisfaction that people have been enjoying since the invention of the piano by Bartolomeo Christofori in Italy, over 300 years ago.
My father, a graduate of the Conservatory of Music in Leipzig, Germany, encouraged me to become a piano tuner after I took a hearing test that put me in the 99th percentile for pitch perception. I, Michael A. Stumpf, a native of Somerset, Pennsylvania, graduated from the Perkins School of Piano Tuning and Technology in Elyria, Ohio, in 1987. While at school, I studied piano tuning, regulation and repair of upright and grand pianos, and earned a Certificate of Completion of the seven month course, conducted by celebrated piano tuner/technician, Robert Perkins. My full time self employed business, DaCapo Piano Service, was created thereafter, eventually bringing my wife, Jennifer, on board as office manager. 2017 marks my 30th year in business as a certified piano tuner/technician.