I had just arrived in Seattle (Around July 10, 2011) and I was looking for a tuner because my piano was falling way out of tune. I called up 15 people with no luck of scoring a deal. I finally did a new Google search and found a guy named “Piano Tuning by Blind Mike.” I spoke to him on the phone and told him my story. He was enthralled by my idea and offered to tune my piano for $60.00.
When I got there, I shook hands with the strange looking man, but nonetheless he was very kind and friendly. I helped him into my truck and he started tuning without any electronic gear. Just a tuning fork, hammer, and some mutes.
Curious about the mans story, I asked him how he became a piano tuner. Mike told me that when he became blind at 17 years old, his uncle told him he was going to be a piano tuner. He never told me how he became blind, but He didn’t think much of it and continued about his life. A few years later somehow, piano tuning entered his life and he has been doing it for 24 or so years.
Mike showed me some tricks on how to do some touch ups on the tuning myself. He showed me his technique and made it seem so simple. By the end, we had such an amazing conversation that Blind Mike ended up giving me the tuning for $20.00. He is such an amazing person.
Looking back at it now, that was the quickest and best tuning I have ever gotten. That tuning was so precise and it lasted for 2 months through Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons, SLC, Chicago, and all the way to New York City. The man is a genius!
I dont get paid to do this. I'm doing this out of the goodness of my heart. If you are in Seattle and need a piano tuner, this is your guy. Call him: (206) 789-2632