David G. Hughes, RPT, has been immersed in the piano service
business since 1979. His interest in pianos was spawned at Bostons
Berklee College of Music, where he took courses in piano tuning
and repair and eventually began working in the schools
piano maintenance department. There, graduating in 1980, he
received a bachelors degree in music with a major in composition.
His principal instrument was, and still is, bass guitar. Visit
www.oblivionsun.com and www.jazzvan.com
for examples of his musical interests and pursuits.
Dave joined the Piano Technicians Guild immediately after returning to Baltimore from Boston. He achieved Registered Piano Technician status in 1981, and is a member of the Baltimore Chapter PTG. Dave has held many offices within the Baltimore Chapter, including President.
At first the rebuilding work took place in the basement of his
first home, then moved on to a small 1000-square-foot storefront
in Reisterstown, Maryland. Now Dave occupies roughly 4000 square
feet in a light industrial park, also in Reisterstown
just beyond Baltimores Beltway.
is regularly invited to instruct at PTGs regional and
national conventions. His topics center on all phases of Steinway
grand piano restoration. He is a recipient of the organizations
Member of Note Award, the Jack Greenfield Award for excellence
in writing, and has received a Presidential Citation. He writes
often for PTGs monthly publication, The Piano Technicians
Journal, and has written for other piano industry publications.
Dave enjoys pleasant and long lasting relationships with the
management at both Steinway & Sons and Mason & Hamlin
piano companies, even though he constitutes competition for
these high quality manufacturers.
In 2001 he founded Vintage Case Parts, a subsidiary company
to his piano restoration business, that specializes in the manufacture
and sales of reproduction cabinet parts for vintage Steinway
grands. These once obsolete items are used by dozens of national
high-end restoration shops. Visit www.vintagecaseparts.com.
Dave has been married to his wife, Judy, since 1979. She works daily in the shop, performing such critical tasks as hammer installation and bridge notching.
In addition to his musical projects, as avocations Dave enjoys
model railroading, golf and home improvement projects. Translation:
he doesnt sit still well.