Garron R. Larcombe
Certified Piano Technician & Aural Tuner
Ystrad Mynach College, City & Guilds diplomas in Piano Tuning/Rebuilding
Studied at; The Cardiff College of Music, The Royal Schools of Music; Wales, Great Britain
Tuning a Shigeru Kawai SK7 Semi-Concert Grand for a performance. Shigeru Kawai’s are one of the world’s best instruments. They are handmade and this particular 7’ 6” model retails for $124,295
GL Pianos / The Piano Warehouse
was founded and established by certified piano technician and keyboardist Garron R. Larcombe.
In Los Angeles, what began as a 6 day a week tuning & repair service over 3 decades ago has grown into a successful piano business
offering New Kawai (acoustic & digital), pre-owned acoustic Yamaha and Kawai, restored Steinways, and play piano systems.
One of the most unique and expensive pianos I have worked on was for the world-renowned recording artist Prince
I worked on several pianos for him including his Schimmel / Colani K208 “Pegasus” Grand
Notice; Prince removed the Pegasus symbol from the lid and replaced it with his “Love Symbol”
There were only 14 Pegasus grands made and they retailed for approx. $200,000 each
On stage at the Hollywood Bowl tuning for Thom Yorke, Flea, etc. Their band 'Atoms for Peace' was playing
that night and I stayed for the concert which was great!
For 5 years I tuned the piano for the exclusive Vanity Fair Oscar Party. It was interesting being part of the crew
and twice I made the Vanity Fair 'Setting the Stage' videos
Voicing a few hammers on a Hamburg
Steinway A Grand - May 2011
Vanity Fair 'Setting the Stage'
Background & Qualifications
Originally from South Wales, Great Britain, I began playing piano at the age of 8. A few years later I received a certificate in Grade V (Higher), in ‘Theory of Music’ from the Royal Schools of Music, and studied percussion at the Cardiff College of Music (I played percussion in a youth orchestra). By coincidence, years later I tuned & prepped pianos for the Royal Schools of Music for other students to take their exams.
My interest in music then progressed into the technical aspects of pianos and in 1979 (I was 17), was accepted into Ystrad Mynach College (music dept.) in Wales. I studied at the college in their 2-year, full-time program specializing in tuning, repairing, and reconditioning pianos, alongside guitar, harp, and violin makers.
To see my Qualifications
Click on the Welsh Dragon
Upon graduating I received several certificates from the City and Guilds of London Institute. I also became a member of the
Institute of Musical Instrument Technology which is equivalent to being a RPT in the Piano Technicians Guild in the U.S.
Shortly thereafter I started and operated my own piano service & rebuilding shop in Wales (GL Pianos).
The local newspaper did a story about me when I was
19 years old (Wales, GB). This was one of the pictures they took.
Notice the bass strings go straight down on the piano because it's
a Birdcage/Overdamper; over 120-year-old European piano.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1985, I have tuned & serviced over 25,000 pianos (without exaggerating). Through my skill, hard work and dedication I became one of the most requested technicians working throughout Los Angeles County.
Never turning any job down, I also covered approx. a 300-mile perimeter throughout SoCal including: Orange, San Bernardino,
Riverside, and Ventura counties; tuning and servicing 4 or 5 pianos a day - 6 days a week.
Antique & Unusual Pianos
Over the years, I specialized in many antique pianos including Birdcage/Overdamper, Square Grands, Viennese, and any strange and unusual pianos which came my way. I always found it interesting to investigate these instruments, many times having to improvise repairs as parts were not available.
I had approx. 25 clients with Square Grands including John Schneider ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ & Wes Borland ‘Limp Bizkit’
To read more about Square Grands and Birdcage/Overdamper pianos;
I have worked on all types of Player Pianos, Mini Pianos, Nickelodeons (with or without a keyboard), Electric Pianos (Fender Rhodes, Yamaha CP-70, Kawai EP-608, etc.), Hohner Duo (Clavinet/Pianet), Autoharps, etc.
The oldest pianos I have tuned & worked on were 2 different John Broadwood & Sons Semi Grands, one of which was serial #10433 and was made in London in 1826 (I was told it was on the Queen Mary ocean liner).
I was also the main technician for Owen Piano Company for their stores in Los Angeles and Canoga Park for approx. 9 years
(1986 to 1995), and worked for other well-known piano stores in L.A., Hollywood, and the surrounding areas.
To read a referral letter from Owen Piano Company;
I don’t usually sell Steinway Duo-Art reproducing pianos however as the player system worked very well, I decided to partially restore this piano with new refinishing, strings, damper felts, and hammers (and have an associate of mine service the player)
I find these instruments fascinating with a lot of character and soul
I also included 48 rolls of music
Steinway OR Duo-Art Reproducing Grand (1929)
I shot this video on the day of delivery at my client's home