Piano Tuning

Stephen Rae Piano Tuner Melbourne Geelong

We tune approximately 700 pianos a year from both our existing customer base, built up over the past twenty years and from new customers. We tune every type of piano available.

Stephen has been playing piano for over 40 years and has been tuning them for 20 of those years. For the past ten years we have been responsible for the tuning and upkeep of all uprights and grands at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School’s three campuses. Our tunings are performed in the traditional manner, by ear, without the use of any electronic devices. If you can play and tune, you should not need electronic assistance.

A traditional tuner relies on themselves for accuracy, not a machine, which may be inaccurate in any case.

A piano should ideally be tuned every twelve months, however, if it has not been tuned for many years, initially it may require more than one tuning. Once we have tuned your piano, we send you a yearly reminder.

To quote a recent article from The American Piano Tuners’ Guild:

“No matter how finely the piano may be made, no matter in fact, in what physical circumstances or the price or the domestic conditions, may be, there is no such thing as a piano standing month after month in tune. The better the piano the more frequent and careful [the] tuning it should have.

Stephen Rae Piano Tuner Geelong Melbourne

Piano tuning should only be carried out by a skilled professional, who has the appropriate experience and expertise.

Once the tuning is completed, Stephen normally plays for about ten minutes, varying the pieces in different keys, for his own final approval.

We offer limited appointments for piano tuning on Saturdays, for our clients in Geelong and in towns along the Great Ocean Road. Please Contact Us if you need more information or to make an appointment.

Tuning an Australian made Beale piano

Tuning Australian manufactured Beale Piano



For an interesting article on tuning an Australian made Beale piano, please read Stephen Rae’s post here.


Stephen Rae has maintained the pianos at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School for the past 22 years.  Whilst his longevity is undoubtedly the result of his reliability and dedication to his craft it also has much to do with his piano passion.  He not only tunes them, he literally builds them from the ground up.

I have recommended Brunswick  Pianos to my students without hesitation for over twenty years.  Stephen and Morag offer an efficient, high quality piano tuning service.  The outcome of Stephen’s careful tuning work is that pianos are tuned to the highest standard possible for each individual instrument.  A well tuned piano is an important motivating factor for students and Stephen delivers every time.

Fiona Read - Piano Teacher

I have appreciated Stephen’s warm and friendly piano tuning service over the past fifteen years.  He has always done a superb job on our pianos and has gone out of his way to source pianos for me.  I thoroughly recommend Stephen’s attention to detail and fantastic service.

Mark Eagling - Viewbank College

For twenty years Stephen Rae of Brunswick Pianos has provided sales, repair and tunings of pianos for me and many of my students.  His products and service are of high quality and value and I recommend Stephen without hesitation.

Lyn Blyth - Music Teacher

Brunswick Pianos has assisted me over the past fifteen years in the servicing, repair and restoration of pianos.  As head of Music at a busy secondary school, their assistance, advice and prompt service has been invaluable.  Stephen has brought back to life a number of the older pianos and advised the department on the purchase of good quality new instruments.  On a personal note, Stephen also fully restored my family’s baby grand which now sparkles both inside and out!  The high quality of service, excellent advice and reasonable prices throughout the years have been much appreciated.

Barbara Chalmer - Santa Maria College

Stephen Rae was referred to me by a friend of mine who was very satisfied with the service Stephen provided. At the time, I wanted to purchase a piano and so I contacted Stephen. He was extremely friendly, listened to my requirements and based on his excellent knowledge of the piano was able to acquire for me a wonderful piano that I really love to play. As a musician, composer and music teacher I wanted a piano that sounded beautiful and comfortable to play. The piano that Stephen Rae delivered is fantastic and my students, friends and I love playing it. Stephen also tunes the piano regularly and it’s always a pleasure to swap stories about music with Stephen and to hear him play the piano.

Steve Yanko - SY Music

I thoroughly recommend the tuning service provided by Brunswick Pianos.  Our piano always sounds rejuvenated and in tune after an annual visit.  The service provided is always courteous, professional and flexible.

Paul Taylor - Archbishops Office for Evangelisation